Nelsie Spencer moved to New York from Southern California in 1979 to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Her play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, in which she co-starred and co-wrote with Laury Marker-Sacks, was lauded by critics throughout the country. In 1998 Nelsie started getting up before dawn (while her children slept) to work on an idea she had for a book. The Playgroup is her first novel. She is currently working on her second, a coming-of-age novel set in Southern California in the early 70's. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.