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Sports Journalist Craig Leener Discusses His YA Debut

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Craig Leener got his start in organized basketball at the age of nine in a Southern California YMCA youth league on a team called the Monsters. At Van Nuys High School he was considered to be the thirteenth-best basketball player on a team of thirteen players. Craig has worked in radio, TV, and film and today he sits on the board of directors of CSUN’s Journalism Alumni Association, where he mentors student journalists. Craig worked in human resources management within the entertainment industry for many years before landing his dream job as a sports journalist. He is a passionate, lifelong opponent of the instant replay in sports. THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT BASKETBALL is Craig’s debut novel.


Radio host and author Laura Moe spent most of her working life as a librarian and English teacher in central and Southeastern Ohio, but has recently moved to Seattle where she writes full-time. Moe is the author of YA novels PARALLEL LINES (Fat Cats, 2015) and BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA (Merit Press, 2016, ) named by the New York Public Library as one the Best Books for Teens in 2016 and a Top Pick for VOYA. She is owned by a spoiled white cat and is working on a sequel to BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA. https://www.lauramoebooks.com/


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