The Very Professional and Serious biography:
Kendall Kulper writes historical fiction with a fantasy twist for teen readers and knows more about nineteenth century whaling than she ever imagined. Her debut YA novel, SALT & STORM will be published by Little, Brown September 23, 2014. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history and literature in 2008 and spent several years as a journalist before deciding to write full-time. She grew up in the wilds of New Jersey and now lives in Boston with her husband and chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd mix, Abby.
And the longer and significantly more fun biography!:
I’m a Young Adult fiction writer born and raised in northern New Jersey and currently living in the hub of the world, Boston.
I graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a degree in History and Literature (you can find out more about the program here. It is seriously awesome.).
After graduation, I worked for three years as a journalist for Bloomberg Radio in New York City. It was a fantastic, wild first job where I covered a range of topics from nitty-gritty economics to sports to arts to health and sciences.
Eventually, though, the novel sitting on my hard drive grew and developed, and I discovered that even a ten-hour day at the office couldn’t keep me from spending an hour or two every night writing. With my then-fiancé living and studying in Chicago, I made a decision: quit my job, get married, move to Chicago, and write full time.
SALT & STORM is my first novel, a historical fantasy set on a 19th century whaling island. I love writing historical fiction, delving into a piece of the past and finding a story that modern readers can relate to. And I love writing YA because it gets to the heart of the theme I find most interesting: that tumultuous, defining moment in a teenager’s life where they have to figure out who they really are and what they really stand for.