I'll Be the One and the Mindy Kim series for younger readers are written by Lyla Lee. She was born in a small town in South Korea and has lived in several places around the United States. She began writing her own stories in fourth grade after being inspired by her English instructor, and by the age of fourteen, she had completed her first novel. Lyla presently lives in Dallas, Texas, after studying psychology and cinematic arts at the University of Southern California and working in Hollywood. She spends her free time teaching children and looking for the ideal bowl of shaved ice. Her website is www.lylaleebooks.com.