Carrie Arcos was born in Albany, NY. She studied English and Philosophy at Gordon College and received her teaching credential through Chapman University and her MA in Creative Writing from California State University Los Angeles. A teacher of high school and college students for years, she finally had the courage to pursue her own writing after the birth of her third child. It’s never too late or the perfect time to chase after your dream. Her debut novel, Out of Reach, published to critical acclaim and ended up being a National Book Award finalist that year.

Since then, she has continued to write books for young adults. Her latest novel, Skywatchers, is a thrilling, genre-bending mystery about the history of the Cold War and the UFO phenomenon. The book was recently optioned by a major production company to develop it into a feature film. Thank you to all the readers, librarians and booksellers that help get her books out into the world.

Currently she lives in Los Angeles with her husband David and their three children. Learn more at

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