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M. Molly Backes

M. Molly Backes

M. Molly Backes is the author of The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, 2012), which was named Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Fiction for Teens (2013), Forever Young Adult’s Best YA Books of 2012, and was a finalist on NPR.org’s Best-Ever Teen Novels list in 2012.

She is the assistant director of StoryStudio Chicago, Chicago's premier center for writing and the related arts, where she also teaches creative writing classes for adults and teens.

Molly is a member of the 2012 class of bloggers at The Debutante Ball, pens the "Writing Tips" column for the Prairie Wind (newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of SCBWI), and is a regular contributor to StoryStudio's "Cooler by the Lake" blog. She frequently speaks and moderates at writing festivals and conferences across the U.S. Visit mollybackes.com.