Meet Kalena

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Kalena Miller grew up in College Station, TX with her mom, dad, and the most photographed hamster in history. After high school, she moved a thousand miles north to attend Carleton College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Religious Studies. After a brief stint working as a paraeducator in Seattle, Kalena decided she missed school too much, so she spent the next two years pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University.


Kalena currently lives in Hopkins, Minnesota with her husband, Kenny, and Toy Australian Shepherd, Toshley. She writes middle grade and young adult fiction and co-authors narrative nonfiction with her mom, Kathy Miller (check out her website here). She loves books that make her laugh and make her cry, preferably at the same time, and she firmly believes all quality novels should feature a cat.

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Meet My Team



Molly believes every accountant should spend a sizable portion of the day sitting on stacks of paper (folders are fine, too)


Executive Assistant

Toshley's responsibilities include notifying everyone in a three block radius of deliveries ranging from FedEx to Doordash

Executive Assistant



Friggly's best styling tip? A layer of animal hair (gray is ideal, but white will do) stuck to every piece of clothing you own

My Favorite Books

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Orleans by Sherri Smith

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata