Sara Jade Alan wrote her first comedy sketch during second-grade recess, then cast it, directed it, and made costumes out of garbage bags. Since then she's performed in more than a thousand improvised and scripted shows. Her YA novel, A MESSY, BEAUTIFUL LIFE, debuted from Entangled Teen in October 2017. When Sara isn't writing or performing, she teaches writing as a faculty member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Youth Writers Program, and she's an educator with Girls Leadership. Raised in a suburb of Chicago, Sara now lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. She's a member of SCBWI and RWA.