Sonia Belasco has spent much of her professional life working with teenagers as a mentor, tutor, and therapist, and she is often inspired by their passion, creativity, and strength. She will watch almost any TV show about high school and has seen every contemporary movie that involves dance battles or superheroes. She is a native of Washington, DC, and currently lives in Philadelphia, where she is trying to acquire a taste for cheesesteak. SPEAK OF ME AS I AM is her debut YA novel. You can follow her on Twitter @SoniaBelasco.