Cynthea Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff: writing for children. Her novel for teens, The Great Call of China, and her humorous middle-grade mystery novel, Paris Pan Takes the Dare, are available now. Cynthea has also authored Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course, a popular nonfiction book for aspiring writers. Cynthea is also the woman behind WritingforChildrenandTeens.com, a top ten Web site on the subject, and a contributor to The New Writers' Handbook, Volume 2, A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career, edited by Philip Martin. Cynthea has spoken to a number of schools in Illinois and across the country. She has also been a guest speaker for national and regional conferences organized by the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Association for Library Services to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association, among others. In addition, Cynthea has been a guest author and writing coach for organizations like the Society of Children”s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Chicago Young Authors, MuseWrite, and local universities and colleges. She has also been featured on ABC”s Chicago 7 and the Chicago Sun Times.