Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who likes writing teen books more than legal briefs, especially because bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court. She is the author of the best-selling Dork Diaries series, which chronicles the life of Nikki Maxwell and is inspired by the middle school experiences of Russell’s two daughters. Her Dork Diaries series has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 32 languages. The latest volume in the series is “Dork Diaries 9: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen” (Simon & Schuster). In her free time, she enjoys growing purple flowers and attempting useless crafts, such as building microwave ovens from Popsicle sticks.