Joy Jordan-Lake has written more than a half dozen books, including the novel Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award in 2009 for Best First Novel. The book, which explores racial violence and reconciliation in the post-Civil Rights South, went on to be chosen as the Common Book at several colleges, as well as being a frequent book club pick.Jordan-Lake holds a PhD in English, is a former chaplain at Harvard, and has taught literature and writing at several universities. Her scholarly work Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin draws on the narratives, journals, and letters of enslaved and slaveholding antebellum women, research that led her to the story behind A Tangled Mercy. Living outside of Nashville, she and her husband have three children. To learn more about the author and her work, visit www.joyjordanlake.com.
Sonia Sánchez is the award-winning illustrator of Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away and The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits. She lives with her husband, son, and cat in a blue house near the Mediterranean Sea.