Lia Garret is my pen name. I also write books for middle grade readers (4th-7th grade) and historical mysteries under my own name. My real name is not really a big secret-I tell people what it is at the end of most of my books. I wanted to use a pen name for these stories because somehow it makes it easier for me to write them. It’s like a different writer persona. The Tanager Valley stories are a joy for me to write. I love imagining a place I’d like to live and people I’d like to know. I hope readers feel the same way!