The author of the YA doc dramedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor — much to her pediatrician parents’ chagrin. They were really hoping she’d grow up to take over their practice one day. Instead, she became a writer, working first as a celebrity reporter at People and (the dearly departed) TeenPeople magazines, and contributing to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. These days, she uses her Masters in screenwriting from NYU and her MFA in creative writing from the New School to poke plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows — for work of course. She’s the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author of the YA dance drama duology Tiny Pretty Things (now on Netflix as an original series), as well as the upcoming psychological thriller Rumor Game (Disney, 2022). Her follow-up to Symptoms will be the contemporary YA romp How Maya Got Fierce (Macmillan, 2022), which draws on her magazine world experience and is pitched as The Bold Type meets Younger. She was proud to serve as a We Need Diverse Books board member. Find her sharing pictures of her kids and her chai on Instagram, and talking about writing, books and food on Twitter and TikTok.