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Cyndy Drew EtlerCyndy Etler

A modern-day Cinderella, Cyndy Etler was homeless at fourteen, summa cum laude at thirty. Currently a YA author and teen life coach, Etler spent the prior decade teaching troubled teens in schools across America.

Before earning a salary for her teaching, Etler did it for free, volunteering at public schools and facilities for runaway teens. Today she donates her time to her local library, recruiting teens to come check out the underutilized YA section.

Within a year of graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in English and American studies, Etler held a Master’s degree in secondary education. Along the way she picked up numerous awards, including the Student Leadership Award in her junior and senior years, and the American Studies Department Book Award in her senior year. Her debut memoir, THE DEAD INSIDE, will be released by Sourcebooks Fire in April of 2017. The sequel, working title ODD KID OUT, will be published in the fall of 2017.

After years of hopscotching domiciles, Etler now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and her dogs.