Elaine Marie Alphin
Bio: Elaine Marie Alphin has published more than 20 novels, biographies, story collections and other books for young readers, and more than 300 stories, articles and activities in national magazines. She especially enjoys writing mysteries--her latest, Ghost Soldier, was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Children's Fiction in 2002. Her earlier mystery, Counterfeit Son, won the Edgar Award in 2001. But even more than solving mysteries, she shares Ryan's love of dinosaurs, and wishes she could meet one for real.