Mary Crockett grew up the youngest in a family of misfits in southwestern Virginia. An award-winning poet, she has her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Mary’s interest in writing has led to a series of lucrative and glamorous careers—including work as a factory slug, staggeringly bad waitress, incompetent secretary, the person who irons name tags in industrial uniforms, toilet-seat hand model, fundraising spy, freelance writer, history museum director, and college English teacher. Her debut YA novel, Dream Boy, coauthored with Madelyn Rosenberg, came out in 2014. Mary lives in an old farm house along the old Great Road in Virginia with various residents from the Kingdom Animalia, some more welcome than others.