Stephanie (S.A.) Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Secondary Education, then joined the Peace Corps with her husband and went to Tanzania, East Africa. Her first picture book, Elizabeti's Doll (written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen) was published in 1998, followed by six other picture books. Her first YA novel written as S.A. Bodeen, the award-winning The Compound, came out from Feiwel and Friends in 2008.
She has lived in eight states, two African countries, and an insular possession. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters. [Source]
Author's Comment: I love to read. Would rather do that than anything else, which has always gotten me into trouble. Stephen King was a big influence, love his non-fiction book On Writing. [Source]