Candice Ransom wrote her first book at age seven out of desperation. She had read all the books for second-graders in her small school library (and wasn't allowed to read any others). One day on the bus, she opened her notebook and wrote, "It was dark.” So began her first novel, involving witches, ghosts, haunted houses, and buried treasure. She scribbled at home and at school, especially during arithmetic. Years passed, but Candice never stopped writing.
All that scribbling has added up to more than 125 books for young people, from board books to YA fiction. Honors include School Library Journal and Booklist starred titles, Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Smithsonian Notable Book, New York Public Library Best 100 Books, William Allen White runner-up, and Texas Bluebonnet Master List, among many others. Summers, she teaches in the children’s literature graduate program at Hollins University. The rest of the time she lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband and Atticus, The Worst Cat in the World.