Halli Gomez writes stories for children and young adults with neurodivergent characters including her award-winning young adult novel, List of Ten. When no one is looking, she sock skates though the house and talks to dogs like they are human. When people are looking, she’s working at her local independent bookstore, reading, or breaking out of escape rooms with her family. Halli lives in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.
As a kid, Halli read Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker. As an adult, she’s obsessed with middle grade and young adult novels. It was no surprise that when she decided to write a novel, she dove into the world of kid literature.
She is a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo and taught martial arts for ten years. Her students were all ages, but most are between eight and eighteen. They inspired and entertained her with their stories and dedication.
The mystery books she read as a kid did influence her first career. She worked as an intelligence analyst for police departments and federal agencies. In 2003, she published an article in Police Chief magazine on linking intelligence information, and received several awards for developing a multi-jurisdictional analysis unit. She saw some pretty scary stuff, which she may write about one day.
Halli was born in upstate New York, but spent most of her life in Miami, Florida until chased out by hurricanes. She now lives in North Carolina, with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. They live equidistant between the mountains and the beach because they can't decide which they like better. Halli loves spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and breaking out of escape rooms. She writes short stories, middle grade and young adult novels, and is represented by Deborah Warren at East West Literary. Her award-winning debut young adult novel, LIST OF TEN, about a teen living with Tourette syndrome, was published March 16, 2021 by Union Square & Co.