Natalie C. Parker is the author of Southern Gothic duology Beware the Wild, a 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection, and Behold the Bones (HarperTeen) as well as the editor of the forthcoming YA anthology Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (HarperTeen). She is the founder of Madcap Retreats, an organization offering a yearly calendar of writing retreats and workshops to aspiring and established writers. In her not-so-spare time, she works at her local university coordinating programs on climate science and Indigenous communities. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Women's Studies. Though the roots of her family tree are buried deep in Southern Mississippi, she lives on the Kansas prairie with her partner and requisite number of beasts.