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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kym Brunner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

MY PERSONAL CONNECTION TO ILLINOIS:*Born and raised in Chicago*Attended Our Lady of Victory elementary school in Chicago *Went to Good Counsel High School in Chicago *Attended DePaul University & Northeastern IL University (undergrad) *Received Master of Education degree from University of Illinois, Champaign-UrbanaMY BOOKS' CONNECTION TO ILLINOIS:*''WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE'' begins at a 1920's style dinner theater in downtown Chicago. The main character and her father reside in the John Hancock building. *''ONE SMART COOKIE:'' The entire story takes place in an around Chicago. The fictional Polish bakery is set near Belmont and Milwaukee, and Sophie goes on dates to Navy Pier and Oak Street Beach.

Biographical and Professional Information

When I'm not writing, you'll find me teaching reading and language arts full-time to 7th graders in Prospect Heights, Illinois. I've been writing for over ten years and an active member of SCBWI. I lead two critique groups and often attend the national conference in LA. I'm happily married and have three college-age daughters and two cute dogs. Life is good!

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Wanted - Dead or In Love
ISBN: 1440570574

Simon Pulse. 2014

Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father's Roaring 20's dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father's gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker's spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack's body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they'll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely.

One Smart Cookie
ISBN: 1623421233

Omnific Publishing. 2014

Sophie Dumbrowski has only gone out with three guys in her sixteen years--a moron, a liar, and a perv. She's dying to change her Facebook status to "In a Relationship," but how is she going to do that when Cosmo ranks her Guy-Q as category D: In Desperate Need of Help? Busia, her Polish grandma, offers to make a bargain with Dola, the Polish spirit of love, in exchange for Sophie's agreement to get along with her man-hungry mother, who owns a bakery.

Sophie jumps at the chance, ready to meet Chicago's hottest teenage boy. Shortly after the deal is made, Sophie and her mom get in a terrible fight, causing her mom to fire her. This prompts Busia to pronounce that Sophie's love life is now cursed. But when Sophie meets two incredibly gorgeous guys that same afternoon, she decides she'll need to secretly date them both until she discovers if they are good luck or bad news.

When the International Gourmet moves into their strip mall, the bakery business begins to tank. Sophie can't sit by and watch her future burn to a crisp. Can the three women patch up their differences and get the bakery back in business, or will Sophie's undercover double-dating scheme continue to curse them all? Only Dola knows for sure.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Presentations on writing for Young Adults and/or Humor/Top Ten Things I Did to Get Published/ Turning TV Time into Literary Gold Skype or In-Person School visits Book Club Visits (within an hour of NW suburbs)

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