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Award winning author, KAI STRAND, (pronounced with a long "a" like the letter, K,) is often found exploring hiking trails and snapping pictures of waterfalls in her Oregon hometown. Wife and mother of four, Kai uses her life experiences to connect with young readers. When Kai isn't writing fiction for kids and teens, she loves to give presentations throughout Oregon about her work and the writing process. She particularly enjoys interacting with teens and gaining their insight on their latest reads as well as what they would like to see in future stories.


When a number of story ideas, intended for the grown ups among us, wouldn’t stop needling her, a new pen name was born. Under the name LA DRAGONI, she writes fiction and fantasy about love and all of its complications, joys, and triumphs. She haunts ghost towns and old cemeteries and calls it research.

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