New York Times bestselling author Jane O'Connor started writing Dangerous Admissions, just published in August of 2007, after she and her husband dropped their younger son off at his freshman dorm. With the excruciating process of applying to college finally over, an idea popped into her head to write a comic mystery set at a high-pressure Manhattan private school (much like the one both her boys attended) where the college admissions officer is found dead.
Dangerous Admissions is the first adult novel from a writer of more than thirty books for children, including the insanely popular Fancy Nancy books (all HarperCollins). The first book, Fancy Nancy, has remained on the New York Times picture book list for ninety-eight weeks. Although she finds writing for adults infinitely harder, O'Connor says that at least she had the fun and novel experience of finally writing some sex scenes.