Mark Steensland self-published his first book while in fourth grade, and has been telling stories ever since--some of them true. He became a professional journalist at the age of 18, writing about movies for such magazines as Prevue and American Cinematographer. His award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. His novel for young readers, Behind the Bookcase, was published in 2012. His novel for adults, The Special, was published in late 2018 and is now being made into a feature film. He currently lives in California with his wife and their three children. IN THE SCRAPE is his most recent collaboration with James Newman.