Growing up in Toronto, Lisi Harrison could care less about labels.
Although her classmates made sure that Ralph Lauren graced every tee, she enjoyed a shopping spree at Kmart.
She wasn't a rich bully or hiding a monster beneath her designer duds. No, those are her characters.
The best-selling author of the "Alphas," "The Clique" and "Monster High" series didn't truly consider the competition that surrounded her until she reached her 20s while working at MTV in New York City.
Her newest installment of the "Monster High" series, "The Ghoul Next Door," came out this month.
Working her way up from the bottom, the Laguna Beach resident was head writer and eventually senior director of development for the network.
"MTV did remind me of middle school at the time," she said. "It just reminded me of everybody wanting to be cool, everybody wanting to fit in and wanting to be popular. Everyone was friends but there was this underlying air of competition."