M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, May 2012).
In addition to writing novels, Molly is a member of the 2012 class of bloggers at The Debutante Ball, pens the "Writing Tips" column for The Prairie Wind (the newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of SCBWI), and is a frequent contributor to StoryStudio’s blog Cooler by the Lake. Her story "Teacher's Pet" appears in the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good (LaChance, 2009).
Molly is the Assistant Director of StoryStudio, Chicago's center for writing and writers. She has lived in Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Illinois. She's not the kind of person to play favorites or anything, but she might just like Iowa the best.