Lisa Rowe Fraustino grew up in rural Maine, where she wrote her first story on the toilet seat lid when she was three (in orange crayon). She has been writing ever since on anything handy. For young readers, she has published four novels, including I Walk in Dread for the Dear America Series; three anthologies of young adult short stories; and a picture book, The Hickory Chair, illustrated magnificently by Benny Andrews. Her middle-grade novel The Hole in the Wall won the 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature. Lisa teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University and in the Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. She has three grown-up children named Daisy, Dan, and Olivia and lives with her husband in Ashford, CT, and Bowerbank, ME. They have three cats including one who thinks he’s a dog.