Beth Hamer Miles is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize in the YA category, and is a 2015 Hackney Literary Award winner. Her short-stories and novel excerpts can be found in Hunger MountainThe VCFA Journal of the Arts, The Alalitcom; The Annual Journal of the Alabama Writer’s Conclave, and The Birmingham Arts Journal. Beth lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three teenagers, all of whom graciously leave her alone when she’s writing. (Her dogs, however, never graciously leave her alone.)