• 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 award-winning and bestselling novels, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, OUT OF THE EASY and SALT TO THE SEA are published in over forty-five countries. In addition to music and writing, Ruta enjoys teaching at the university, collecting eccentric art, and traveling with her foxy husband. Ruta’s degrees and educational background 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 her website at www.rutasepetys.com

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