• Ruta Sepetys was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She wrote creepy stories as a child and told anyone who would listen that she was going to marry Roald Dahl. Ruta credits SCBWI and her Midsouth region for kick-starting her writing career. Her debut novel, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, won SCBWI’s Work-In-Progress Grant and will be published by Philomel/Penguin in 2011. In addition to music and writing, Ruta enjoys teaching at the university, collecting eccentric art, and traveling with her foxy husband. Ruta’s work has taken her to 41 countries on six continents. Her adventures have inspired dozens of stories and since she has intimate knowledge of heartbreak and teen angst, she decided to write books for young adults. Ruta’s undergraduate and graduate degrees have nothing to do with literature but do involve failed attempts at becoming an opera singer, an investment banker, and Roald Dahl’s wife.

    To read about Ruta’s latest escapades, visit the ‘Musings’ section of her website at www.rutasepetys.com

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