Karen Strong is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel Just South of Home, which was selected for several Best of Year lists including Kirkus Reviews Best Books and the forthcoming Eden’s Everdark publishing Fall 2022 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. She is the editor of the young adult anthology Cool. Awkward. Black. publishing Spring 2023 from Penguin Young Readers. Her short fiction appears in Star Wars From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back and A Phoenix First Must Burn. Born and raised in the rural South, she is a graduate of the University of Georgia and an advocate of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). An avid lover of strong coffee, yellow flowers, and night skies, Karen lives in Atlanta. Visit her at karen-strong.com.