Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author of ETERNAL, TANTALIZE, BLESSED and the forthcoming DIABOLICAL. Her debut YA graphic novel, TANTALIZE: KIERENíS STORY was published in August, and she looks forward to the release of ETERNAL: ZACHARYíS STORY, both illustrated by Ming Doyle for Candlewick Press. Cynthia makes her home in Austin, Texas; a setting that appears in her Gothic fiction. She has also published YA short stories and award-winning books for younger readers. You can find her on the Web at www.cynthialeitichsmith.com.