Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida, where she attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. After graduating, she studied film at the Florida State University Film School, and then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in TV development and production for several years, including a long stint producing dog shows for Animal Planet.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), practicing yoga, photography, visiting friends’ blogs, and hanging out with her family.
Her first brush with publication was in high school, when her article “So You Want to Live On Mars?” was published in Sassy magazine. In 2009, her first book, BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE, was published by Hyperion, followed by two sequels.
She is represented by Matthew Elblonk of DeFiore and Company and is a member of SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and ITW (International Thriller Writers).
She does not like scary books or movies, but apparently the books she writes are considered scary by many people. She is also a huuuuge fan of talking about herself in the third person.
Favorite Color: red
Indigo Girls, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, The Eels, The Weepies, Dar Williams, k.d. lang, Jars of Clay, Dolly Parton, The Beatles… a little bit of everything!
The Others, Ordinary People, Beauty and the Beast, Pride & Prejudice (A&E), For Richer or Poorer, Three Amigos, Meet Me in St. Louis
This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
On Writing by Stephen King
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
macaroni and cheese, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, steak, mashed potatoes, cookies & milk… pretty much anything that falls under “comfort food”
I’m the third of four kids: three girls and one boy
“This too shall pass.”
“Judge not lest ye be judged.”
“There’s more than one answer to all these questions pointing me in a crooked line.”
~ Indigo Girls
“I would change for you, but babe, that doesn’t mean I’m going to be a better man.”
~ Crooked Fingers
“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
~ Ray Bradbury
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein
Katie Alender’s name is often misspelled as Katie Alendar. Sometimes even as Katie Alexander. Her official website is KatieAlender.com.