Michael Stearns is the founder of Upstart Crow Literary. A former editorial director for HarperCollins, he has edited hundreds of best-selling, award-winning novels and picture books for children, including A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly; Gone and Hunger by Michael Grant; Whales on Stilts! By M.T. Anderson; the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane; the Chet Gecko mysteries by Bruce Hale; and a whole slew of books by Bruce Coville, Jane Yolen, Ursula K. LeGuin, and others. He also runs a book packager called the Inkhouse, where he co-created the #1 bestselling series Fallen and the international bestselling Bliss bakery series, as well as a dozen other titles. His short stories have won the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and other prizes, and under the pen name Carter Roy, he is the author of the award-winning middle-grade fantasy adventure trilogy the Blood Guard.