Renee Danielle Pellegrino was born Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1974, and of Italian descent. Her la nonna (grandmother) told stories of coming to America on a banana boat, and how their windows in the kitchen of the home in Italy viewed the Swiss Alps. Family was always important to her Nunny, who instilled the desire for large family gatherings during the major and minor holidays. During her childhood, experiencing these family dinners, her Uncle Terry inspired her to become a writer.
Uncle Terry challenged Renee to become an avid reader by introducing her to the writings of author, Stephen King. They encouraged her to become a writer. Uncle Terry, could often be heard, “Write your stories down, little one.”