Andy Winder is a LGBT 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 from Brigham Young University and works as a writer for an early education non-profit. He is the author of the column “LGBT Mental Health” at HealthyPlace, one of the largest and longest-running online mental health resources. He is 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, 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 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. 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.

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