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Karlin Gray

As a little girl, Karlin Gray loved gymnastics. But she wasn't fearless, feisty, or focused like Nadia Comaneci. Karlin had no problem sitting still . . . daydreaming and writing stories.

After she graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University, Karlin worked in publishing—from small newspaper publishers in Washington, D.C. to giant book publishers in New York City. Later, she moved to Connecticut with her husband, worked as a freelance copywriter, and had a wild and wiggly baby boy.

Once her fast and fearless toddler went to preschool, Karlin joined a local writing center and wrote picture books. Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still is Karlin's first children's book. Currently, she writes nonfiction and fiction picture books . . . when she's not trying to keep up with her loud and lively kid.

Karlin's picture-book manuscript SERENA AND HER SISTERS won first prize in the Authors.me Diversity contest and her picture-book manuscript MONSTER CHANGE won Honorable Mention at the 2013 Tassy Walden Awards.

Her next picture book, AN ORDINARY MOTH, will be published by Sleeping Bear Press.