Lois Sepahban grew up in central California. She spent her childhood reading, climbing trees, and leading her brother and sister on hunts for buried treasures. In college she studied languages and books. She is married and has two children. She lives on a small farm in Kentucky where she has a barn that she fills with animals who need homes. She has two goats, two dogs, six cats, and lots of sweet and fluffy chickens. Lois is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Her debut middle grade novel, PAPER WISHES (Margaret Ferguson Books/FSG, Winter 2016), takes place at a Japanese internment camp in California in 1942. Ten-year-old Manami stops speaking when her dog is taken from her. Eventually, she is put in the position of saving another dog, and the only way she can do it is by using her voice.
- Favorite book growing up: LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott
- Childhood aspiration: Judge on the Supreme Court, astronaut, farmer
- Favorite time of day to write: In the morning when the house is quiet
- Book currently reading: RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin (love!)
- Favorite things to do: Hang out with the goats, crochet, and listen to music (all at the same time!)
- Surprising personal fact: Moved around a lot as a kid–7 different schools in 8 years.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Seeing the story that started with a photo of a dog come to life.
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