TOM MCNEAL holds an MA in creative writing from UC Irvine and was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He is the author, with his wife, Laura, of four young adult novels published by Knopf: "Crooked, Crushed, The Decoding of Lana Morris, " and "Zipped." His adult titles include "Goodbye, Nebraska" and "To Be Sung Underwater." He lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California. Visit their website at McNealBooks.com.