Kieran Scott was born on March 11, 1974. She graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in English and journalism. She worked as an editor for four years before becoming a writer. She writes young-adult books under the pen name Kate Brian. Among her most well-known books are The Princess and the Pauper, Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, The Virginity Club, Sweet 16, Fake Boyfriend, and the Private series.