A NY Times Bestselling Author, Lurlene has written more than 70 YA novels. She is well known for writing about young adults struggling with mortality and chronic illness. Hers is a career that began as a therapeutic way to deal with the trauma when her son, then 3, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her characters have grappled with cancer, diabetes, organ failure, and the deaths of loved ones through disease or suicide. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida – Tampa.