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.

I'm represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc and live in Boston with my husband, Dave, and Abby, my chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd.