Denise Santomauro is a writer, editor, author coach, and teaching artist. She has worked with writers across genres and styles of writing, everything from secret society mysteries to coming of age young adult romance to heart-wrenching short stories and personal essays. As an educator, she has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting classes, and explores the performing arts with young people as a way to help them tell their stories. In her own writing, she has contributed content to many blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, developed plays and scenes for young people, written middle grade and young adult novels, and performed live lit around Chicago. She holds a BA in Theatre from Christopher Newport University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.