Katie Bucklein started writing at the age of twelve, when a girl challenged her to a dare: who could finish writing a novel first? Spoiler: Katie won, and has since written Young Adult contemporary, historical fiction, and dystopian, but found fantasy to be her true love. The middle child of five—two older brothers and two younger sisters—she grew up in Southern California, went to high school in Arizona, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 20th century history from Idaho State University. Now pursuing a Master's degree in archiving, she spends her days spelunking in the basements of museums and her nights holed up in her writing cave, fueled by music and insomnia. 

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