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Carrie Jones, an award-winning author, is now a 'distinguished alumna' of Vermont College's MFA program. She is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) and Tips on Having a Gay (Ex)-Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award as well as the Independent Book Publisher Award (the IPPY). She co-edited the book Dear Bully, 70 Authors Tell Their Stories, which was featured on NPR, Glamour Magazine and other random places. Her NEED series has been an international best seller and on the NYT best sellers list, and is on shelves in more than 13 countries. She also writes pictures books, and a creepy novel, After Obsession, which she wrote with Steven Wedel.