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Biography

I'm an author of young adult books. Coming in October 2014 is Girl on a Wire, about a daredevil heroine who discovers danger and passion lurking beneath the big top. My previous novels include The Woken Gods and Blackwood. It's possible that I escaped from a classic screwball comedy.

I have also written for Publishers Weekly, Locus, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. I guest-edited a special YA issue of Subterranean Online (full of excellent stories, which you should go read), and I have been a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition. I have an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts' program in writing for children and young adults. But readers of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet may know me best as everyone's Dear Aunt Gwenda.

I live in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with my husband, author Christopher Rowe, and our menagerie: Hemingway the Cat, Polydactyl, LLC; Miss Emma the Dog-Girl, CPA; and Puck the Puppy, INC.

You can read much of my short and nonfiction work online for free or buy some essays and advice columns in print, if you'd rather. I love hearing from readers and am available for conferences, speaking engagements, skype chats, and school visits, so contact away. You can also find me on twitter as @gwenda or sign up for my author newsletter. Members of the media, bloggers, or others who need a third-person bio or images, can find them on the press kit page.

I'm represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.