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Kristen Crowley Held was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico and France. Married to a track star turned science nerd, and mom to two wee bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theatre, film and television. An active member of the SCBWI, she is currently plotting her first YA Mystery. 

Favorite writers and/or artists: Agatha Christie, Eoin Colfer, Karen Cushman, Ally Carter, Judy Blume, Kristin Cashore, Meg Cabot, Suzanne Collins, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, Gail Carson Levine, Tamora Pierce, Philip Pullman, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Dr. Suess, J.K. Rowling, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lemony Snicket, Willo Davis Roberts, Elizabeth Peters, Elizabeth George...

How I monkey around: When she's not hanging from a trapeze, Kristen can usually be found hunting for fairies, building epic train tracks, pretending to be a princess, riding bikes, applying Band-Aids, or lost in a good book.

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