Mrs. McDonough was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, and Master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also has an elementary teaching license from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In addition to working as a school librarian, Mrs. McDonough has taught middle school language arts in Michigan and Illinois for many years. In her free time she loves to read, write, and exercise.