Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.
Her debut novel, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, will be published by Philomel in Fall 2017.