About

Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World,  and various comics and short stories on themes including but not limited to teen angst, Hellboy, joining the military, the 1962 escape from Alcatraz, and circuses.

As both author and librarian she has been a speaker and workshop leader in numerous venues:

  • High schools and universities
  • Public and school libraries
  • Conferences including the American Library Association, Public Library Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Comic conventions including Comicon International and Wondercon

She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now lives in Portland, Oregon where she works as a librarian and writes at night and on the weekends.