Sarah Dooley is the author of several middle-grade novels. She has lived in an assortment of small West Virginia towns, each of which she grew to love. Winner of the 2012 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship with her novel, Free Verse (march 2016 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers), she has written two previous novels for middle-grade readers. Sarah is a former special education teacher who now provides treatment to children with autism. A 2006 graduate of Marshall University, Sarah lives in Huntington, where she inadvertently collects cats.