As the last of ten kids, Neil Connelly had plenty of practice telling stories as a boy. Later, he studied creative writing and eventually came to direct an MFA program. Along the way he published four novels, two in the YA world. His first YA novel, St. Michael's Scales, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Neil Connelly teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and their two sons. Visit him online at http://neilconnelly.com/home.