Hello! My name’s Andy Winder and I live in Northern Utah, which in my opinion is equally a wonderful and strange place to be. All of the best places are. I recently graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and work as a writer for an early education non-profit. I am the author of the column “LGBT Mental Health” at HealthyPlace, one of the largest and longest-running online mental health resources. I am also an #OwnVoices queer YA writer and am currently revising a book about an up-and-coming trans girl who enters an international baking competition (think “Great British Bakeoff but gayer”).

In addition to writing, I enjoy spending time with my four sisters, visiting art museums, and having conversations with people about things that matter. I love life, I love the people who are a part of it, and I love looking up at the stars and feeling like I’m a part of something so much greater than myself. And I love writing. Which, of course, is why I’m a writer.

I’ve noticed that YA writers tend to personalize their about pages by adding their “favorites,” so here are a few things that really rock my socks.

Favorite book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Favorite writers (besides, of course, good ol’ Fyodor): Patrick Ness, John Keats, Robin Talley, Terry Pratchett, David Levithan, Neil Hilborn, and C.S. Lewis, among many others.

Favorite quote: “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” (Vincent van Gogh)

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

Again, thanks for visiting my site. It really does mean a lot. Don’t be a stranger!