April Smith was born in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, Boston University Cum Laude and With Distinction in English Literature, and the Stanford University Writing Program, with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing.
She is an Emmy-Award nominated TV writer/producer for her work on dramatic series (Cagney and Lacey) and TV movies (Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter) as well as the author of seven novels published by Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books.
She lives with her husband, the psychotherapist Douglas Brayfield, in Santa Monica, CA. They are the parents of two adult children plus three rescue dogs and a wild mustang.