Katie Keridan, Psy.D., MPH, is a Johns Hopkins-trained pediatric neuropsychologist with a strong background in scientific cancer research, grants, and teaching who eventually applied her knowledge of brain and behavior to creating realistic fictional characters. She is the author of two award-winning YA fantasy novels, Reign Returned and Blood Divided, and her work has been featured in Highlights Hello Magazine, The Blue Nib, Youth Imagination Magazine, Red Fez, The Red Penguin Review, Sand Canyon Review, and Every Day Fiction. She loves speaking about mental health representation in literature, and she has been an invited panelist at NY Comic Con, Tucson Festival of Books, San Diego Writers Festival, and the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature. She particularly enjoys sharing her writing with others who feel different, misunderstood, or alone. Katie lives in Northern California with her husband and two very demanding cats.