Most well known for her Harley Columba series of young adult novels, this award-winning author also published several short story collections.
After working for many years as a theater actress, she began her writing career with the 1993 publication of a short story titled "Run Away." Her first novel, Harley, Like a Person, was published in 2000.
In the late 1990s, she began living and working in Venice, Italy.
Born on a South Carolina military base, she spent the majority of her childhood in New Jersey. During her brief, early marriage, she lived in New York City; she later relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she married (and later divorced) TV director James Quinn.
An admirer of Beatle John Lennon, Bauer frequently mentions the singer in her literary works.