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ANNA HAYS is the author of girl-powered middle grade books "Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life" and "Portia's Exclusive and Confidential Rules on True Friendship" for Aladdin MIX (Simon & Schuster); Scholastic Book Clubs’ Original series "Spark Squad"; and “Stealing Starlight” for Disney’s fantasy series, “Star Darlings” (Disney Press).

"Vanished" is her upcoming non-fiction novel that uncovers the forgotten lives of famed women magicians who disappeared from history, that is, until now (Bright Matter Books/Random House Children's Books).

Q & A


How did you get started writing books?

I originally worked in experimental theater in NYC and made low budget films in LA. Then I started to explore my own writing, and that evolved into book writing. Since then I've written books for Simon & Schuster (Aladdin Books), Scholastic Book Clubs Originals, Disney Press, and Bright Matter Books (Random House Children's Books).

What's your favorite part of writing?

Stepping into the unknown and exploring ideas without boundaries. 

What inspires you?

The unexpected.

Where were you born?


New York City. 

What was your favorite book as a child?  


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (and Harriet the Spy!)


Where are you based now? 

I live in Los Angeles with my family.

Any advice for an aspiring writer? 

Write your truth. Be brave.

Five things most people  don't know about you:

- I'm a twin.

- I  was never given a middle name, so I made one up!

- I have a waterfall in my backyard. 

- I used to make horror movies for B-Movie king, Roger Corman.

- I'm allergic to mean people and pretenders.

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