Dhonielle Clayton is the author of THE BELLES the co-author of the TINY PRETTY THINGS series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the  Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother's table  with a stack of books.

A former teacher and middle school librarian,  Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary-a creative development company  whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers-and COO  of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. She's got a serious travel bug  and loves spending time outside of the USA but makes her home in New  York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice  of pizza.

You can also find her online at www.dhonielleclayton.com or follow her @brownbookworm.

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