Kat Falls (MFA, Northwestern) started out as a screenwriter but is currently writing middle grade and young adult novels. Her debut novel, Dark Life (Scholastic Press, May 2010), has deals in eighteen international markets and is in development at Disney with Image Movers and the Gotham Group producing, and Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis attached to direct. Dark Life was featured onThe Today Show when it was selected as the July 2010 pick by Al Roker for “Al’s Book Club for Kids.” In 2011, Dark Lifewas named to the master list for Florida’s statewide reading initiative, The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award; nominated for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award 2011/2012; and Kat was awarded a Juvenile Literary Award by The Friends of American Writers’. The sequel, Rip Tide, was released by Scholastic Press in August, 2011. Both books were awarded the designation, “A Junior Library Guild Selection.” Kat is currently working on a dystopian YA trilogy, The Fetch, acquired by Scholastic Press in a 3-book deal for publication beginning in Fall 2012.