Maria Padian is a freelance writer, essayist, and author of young adult novels. Her debut novel, Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress, was selected as an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults in 2009 and also received a Maine Literary Award and a Maine Lupine Honor Award. Her second novel, Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in March, 2011.
A graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Virginia, Maria has also attended Oxford University and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Born in New York but raised in New Jersey, she currently lives in Maine with her family and their Australian shepherd. To learn more about her, visit www.mariapadian.com