C.L. Dautel grew up mostly in rural Kansas. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Kansas State, and also earned a Master’s degree in geography. Today, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, and four kids—Rikki, Lahra, Cale, and Josh—and two dogs. Some of her favorite books for young people are Johnny Tremain, Treasure Island, the Harry Potter books, Crispin the Cross of Lead, Something Wicked this Way Comes, The Hobbit, The Dark Frigate, The Horse and His Boy, and The Giver.