Carol Alabaster has more than thirty years of library experience working for both the New York Public Library and the Phoenix Public Library systems. In the Phoenix system, she worked as Collection Development Coordinator, Branch Manager, and Fiction Librarian. Before that, she served as Young Adult Senior Librarian and Adult Services Librarian for the New York Public Library. In addition to writing a weekly book review for the Arizona Republic, she was a National Book Award judge in 1982. Alabaster earned her master's degree in library science from St. John's University in New York.