Kathy Cassel is author of more a dozen fiction and non-fiction titles for preteens and teens with Tyndale House Publishers and Legacy Press. Her Christian Girls Guide series won an iParenting award, and her first teen novel Freerunner was a 2021 Selah Award finalist. Kathy is passionate about writing realistic issues-based YA/teen fiction that not only entertains but also offers hope and healing. To better relate to her characters, she enjoys learning their skills such as whitewater rafting, scuba diving, and riding a motorcycle, but draws the line at sky diving.
Kathy has a B.S. degree in elementary education from Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, and a M.Ed. with a reading specialty from UND. She grew up in northern Indiana, lived in three different continents while her husband was in the USAF, and now lives in the Florida Panhandle, all of which impacts the wide range of her fictional settings and characters. She and her husband have eight children, five of whom are adopted, three from Haiti and two from the United States. They also have six grandchildren. Kathy’s favorite activities are those that involve traveling and adventures that include her children and grandchildren.