Tessa Gratton

Natalie C. Parker

Tessa Gratton is the acclaimed author of six young adult novels. She currently lives in Kansas with her partner, two cats, and her mutant mutt named Grendel.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Beauty by Robin McKinley

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“When I write it feels like I’m carving bone. It feels like I’m creating my own face, my own heart” – Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Robin McKinley, Anne Rice, Melina Marchetta

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

It’s the nearest I can get to being a wizard: affecting other people with my stories, changing the world for the better.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Have adventures! Only experiencing the wild, interesting, complicated differences and similarities between people can help you understand the important parts of stories and why people are the way they are.