About Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is best known as an author of fantastical and realistic fiction for young readers.

She is the New York Times best-selling YA author of the award-winning Feral series and Tantalize series. These adventure-fantasies were published by Candlewick Press in the U.S., Walker Books in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand, and additional publishers around the globe.

She also is the author of several award-winning children’s books, including: Jingle Dancer, Rain Is Not My Indian Name; and Indian Shoes, all published by HarperCollins. In addition, she has published short stories, nonfiction essays, and poetry for young readers.

Cynthia looks forward to the publication of her upcoming YA contemporary realistic novel, Hearts Unbroken (Candlewick, Oct. 2018). It is her first book with a Native protagonist since 2002.

She is a citizen of Muscogee Nation, based in Austin, Texas. She holds both a bachelor of science degree (with majors in news/editorial and public relations) from the William Allen White School of Journalism at The University of Kansas and a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School.

She also serves on the core faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is a member of the Honorary Advisory Board of We Need Diverse Books. Order books by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

(“Leitich” is pronounced Lie-tick. First a long “i,” then a short “i,” followed by a hard “k.”)