Andy Winder is a YA writer from Northern Utah, which in his opinion is equally a wonderful and strange place to be. All of the best places are. He recently graduated with a B.A. in English and works as a writer for an early education non-profit.

In addition to writing, he enjoys spending time with his four sisters, visiting art museums, and having conversations with people about things that matter. He loves life, he loves the people who are a part of it, and he loves looking up at the stars and feeling like he is a part of something so much greater than himself. And he loves writing. Which, of course, is why he’s a writer.

Favorite YA book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Favorite writers (besides, of course, Ned Vizzini): Patrick Ness, John Keats, Terry Pratchett, Neil Hilborn, and C.S. Lewis, among many others.

Favorite quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (J.K. Rowling)

Favorite in general: Chocolate. He constantly has it somewhere on his person, usually in his messenger bag. Picture Remus Lupin, but worse. But it’s kept dementors away thus far, so it must be working.