Debra Chapoton grew up fascinated by codes and intricate puzzles, later graduating to treasure hunts and road rallies. She loves to weave clues into her novels and, after a career teaching high school Spanish and English, she peppers her novels with the personalities of former students. Her YA novels handle the heavier themes of adolescence while her children's novels stick to the puzzling side of pre-teen life. When not reading, writing or re-writing she is usually playing games or watching TV. You can spy on her blog at http://edgeofescape.blogspot.com/.