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Teresa Joan Hendrix started writing fiction for middle schoolers and young adults after a long career in non-fiction writing. She spent 11 years as a daily newspaper reporter on California's Central Coast, and another 14 years in university public relations, web and social media marketing.


When she's not writing middle grade fiction, she's working as a volunteer on her town's Dia de los Muertos celebration, Zumba dancing, or creating a gruesome browser history researching European, American and indigenous folk beliefs about magic, monsters, curses, ghosts, supernatural beings, forest ecology, and true history tidbits they still don't teach in schools.

She has two grown and married daughters, two granddaughters and three granddogs. She lives in Sonoma County wine country with her husband and Maggie the Beagle-Jack. She grew up spending summers deep in the Mendocino redwoods, which inspired her first book, "The Pack, The Dare and the Draugar." She's already working on a sequel.

She relies on actual middle school readers to test her book chapters and tell her if they're boring, pretty good or in between. If you'd like to be a test reader and swear that you are an actual middle-schooler, have middle-schoolers or vividly remember being a middle-schooler, join her emailing list.

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