Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, New York, which is the model for Templeton, her novel's setting. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Groff's stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares among others. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband. The Monsters of Templeton was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2008.