About Me

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

Oh, you want the long version? Okay…

I was born in Oklahoma City and went to Putnam City North High School, where I met my husband. We were band geeks, and met at a football game (ironically, we are now band parents…circle of life, y’all). I spent my college years at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner), and after graduating with a B.A. in English Literature (what I wanted to do) and an M.B.A. (how I’d pay the bills), my husband and I moved to Texas for work and have lived in the Dallas area since. We have two great children, both of whom love to read, which makes me very proud. In my spare time–what little I have–I love to write, of course, bake, do time at the gym, watch Big Bang Theory, Fringe and Firefly, and read. I’ve been drawn to YA fiction most of my life, devouring Judy Blume and Cynthia Voigt novels in my middle grade years, but I moved on to adult fiction in high school (there weren’t as many YA options back then). When my son was born, I rediscovered YA, because the adult fiction I’d been reading was too harsh. (PSA: Don’t read hardcore thrillers when you have a newborn nestled in your arms–they’ll make you scared to take the baby out of the house.)  I fell in love with the creativity, emotional resonance and great characterization you find in many YA novels.  One thing led to another and after writing casually for most of my life, I decided to get serious about my craft. It’s been one of the most fulfilling challenges I’ve ever experienced. Writing is hard, but so worth it when you hold a finished book in your hands.

Thanks for reading!  And watch out for monsters…