Alaya Dawn Johnson
Alaya Dawn Johnson has become a writer to watch in both the adult and YA arenas, with her work being consistently praised for its lyrical beauty and incisive commentary. She won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for "A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i," which also appears in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2015), guest edited by Joe Hill. Her debut YA novel, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine, 2013), was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her follow up YA novel, Love is the Drug won the Andre Norton Award in 2015. She is currently based in Mexico City, pursuing a Masters in Mesoamerican Studies. Her other home base is New York City.