TANYA BOTEJU is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, BC). She spends much of her life in a classroom, teaching English to clever and sassy young people. Her novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens (Simon & Schuster, 2019), was named an Indie Top 10 Pick of the Summer by the American Booksellers Association, a starred review on Shelf Awareness, and a Top Teen Book of 2019 by Indigo. Her work appeared in the short story anthology Out Now (Inkyard Press) and Boteju’s next YA novel, Bruised, is due out with Simon & Schuster in 2021. Tanya is grateful for her patient wife, supportive family and friends, committed educators, cheeky students, and hot mugs of tea. She hopes to continue contributing to the ever-growing, positive representation of diverse characters in literature.