Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning YA novelist and nonfiction author. Her third young adult novel Melt, Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy, was the recipient of six honors including the SCBWI Spark Award. Revolutionary Friends, her third nonfiction picture book, was the recipient of four awards including Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth. Selene holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School and a B.A. in English from New York University. She is a member of the Bank Street College Writers Lab and PEN American Children’s Book Committee. She is the Long Island Liaison for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Metro-NY Chapter, and a former chair of the Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators, Jacqueline Woodson, Selene’s teacher at The New School, calls Selene “a writer worth watching.”
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Selene answered I would’ve been vote most conscientious - because I was so concerned about everything, from politics to the environment to the many clubs I was in. I dedicated my heart to many passions, and worked hard on all of them. (Including writing - I was the editor of the school newspaper!).
Other Fun Facts
- I rescue cats with my seventeen-year-old son, Casey. But instead of finding them homes, we wind up keeping most of them.
- I also write about the American Revolution and am an expert on the Marquis de Lafayette!
- Purple is my favorite color. My house is shades of purple on the inside, I have a purple front door, shutters and trim, I have purple plants, and my car is purple!
- I love inspirational quotes and my house is filled with them.
- Shakespeare is my God.