Dakota Shain Byrd was born in Dallas Texas and grew up all over the US. He and Skyeler–the main character in his novel The Black Night Rave–are both gay and Third Culture Kids, having fathers in the Marines. While he is an unpublished novelist, he has published poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and photography, has written for The Dallas Voice and interned for them. He’s single also, guys 22-26. Holly Black sent him a hand written letter with a chapter critique, so he takes that as a sign that he’s going to be big–you should too.