Alysa Wishingrad once had a whole different career working in theater, tv, and film, but nothing could be better or more exciting than writing stories for middle-grade readers. 8-12 year olds are some of the smartest, most open, and inquisitive people around. We all need to find ways to help them hold onto that magic as they grow up. When she's not writing she's probably out walking her two very demanding rescue dogs, who came all the way to from Alexandria, Egypt to share their shedding fur and love. Or she might be trying to figure out what to make for dinner - again! - for her family. But, if she's very lucky, she's out at the theater getting lost in a wonderful story.