Shirley Reva Vernick grew up in Massena, New York— the very place where her debut novel The Blood Lie takes place. Her second YA book, Remember Dippy, about a 13-year-old boy's unlikely friendship with his autistic cousin over one memorable summer, won the 2014 Skipping Stones Honor Award as well as the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award. Her latest book, The Black Butterfly—a supernatural coming of age story—is available now.
She now lives with her husband, two daughters, and two frisky dogs in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to running a popular storytelling website, storybee.org, Shirley’s writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, national newspapers, and the publications of Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Boston Universities.