Kody Keplinger is a Kentucky native who grew up in a rural town. Her debut novel, The DUFF, was a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick during her final year of high school. Since then, it has been made into a blockbuster film picture. Kody is also the author of the middle-grade novel The Swift Boys & Me, as well as the novels Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare. Kody is currently based in New York City, where she runs writing classes and continues to publish novels for children and teenagers. www.kodykeplinger.com has more information about her and her novels.