Susan Metallo is a neurodivergent youth librarian and author of the YA novel Reasons to Hate Me, which has won several awards, including the 2022 SCBWI YA Work-in-Progress Award. Her work has been recognized by the Tallahassee Writers’ Association, Book Pipeline, and the Searchlight Writing for Children Awards; and published in Ladybug and Cricket magazines and The Seven Hills Review. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, her children, and an 85-lb. bulldog who fervently believes she will fit on your lap.