Born and raised in small town in Tennessee, Dana Elmendorf now lives in southern California with her husband, two boys and her tiny dog, Sookie. When she isn’t exercising, she can be found geeking out with Mother Nature or scouring the internet for foreign indie bands. After her family’s needs are met, you can find her dreaming up contemporary YA romances with plenty of kissing.
Dana’s debut novel, SOUTH OF SUNSHINE (Albert Whitman and Company, March 2016), is an LGBT YA Contemporary Romance. It’s a story of the complications of a lesbian teenage girl falling in love in a small southern town filled with bigotry and religion and what she’s willing to risk to gain their acceptance.
- Favorite book growing up: THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS by James Fenimore Cooper
- Childhood aspiration: Clothing Designer (Until she realized you actually had to be able to sketch)
- Favorite time of day/place to write: In the morning after she works out, in her big comfy chair.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): running, hiking and napping
- Favorite sports teams: When she’s forced to watch sports, it’s usually USC College football; her husband’s an alumnus.
- Surprising personal fact: She used to be a lampwork artist, which means she made glass beads with a lampwork torch.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being sweet sixteen for the second time in her life. (Does this mean another prom?)
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