David-Matthew Barnes is an author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult. He is the author of twelve novels, available from Blue Dasher Press and Bold Strokes Books, including two young adult novels that were recognized by the American Library Association for their inclusion and diversity. He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He loves tacos, board games, pinball, white carnations, koalas, all things Disney, Nancy Drew, and everything written by Lois Duncan, Norma Fox Mazer, and Judy Blume. He lives in Denver.