Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended college at Wellesley in Massachusetts. After graduating, she worked in commercial advertising as a production assistant, then a script supervisor, a producer, and finally as a commercial director. She also writes screenplays. She sold her first screenplay at the age of twenty-four to Paramount Pictures. Her screenplays include Made in America, Collision Course: The Crocodile Hunter Movie, Angels in the Outfield, and The Big Green, which she also directed. She has written several books including I'll Be There, Keeper, and Counting By 7s.