Karen Strong is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel Just South of Home, which was selected for several Best of Year lists including Kirkus Reviews Best Books and Eden’s Everdark publishing Fall 2022 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. She’s the editor of the young adult anthology Cool. Awkward. Black. publishing Spring 2023 from Penguin Young Readers. She has also written short fiction for Star Wars including From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back and Stories of Jedi and Sith. Her speculative short fiction appears in the award-winning anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn. An avid lover of strong coffee, yellow flowers, and night skies, Karen currently lives in Georgia.