Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of four young adult novels and his short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and online magazines. In 2012, his first novel, The Never Prayer, was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold contest. In 2015, his second novel, Long Live the Suicide King, won the Building the Dream award for best YA novel, and he spent the summer as the Artist in Residence at the Anythink Library. Dandelion Iron, the first book in his epic YA sci-fi western series, The Juniper Wars, is available now from WordFire Press. Aaron lives in Colorado with his cactus flower of a wife and two stormy daughters. Learn more at aaronmritchey.com.