Halli Gomez writes for children and young adults and works at her local independent bookstore. She writes stories with neurodivergent characters and her young adult novel, LIST OF TEN (Sterling, March 2021) won the 2021 AAUW North Carolina award for Young People's Literature. When no one is looking, she sock skates through the house and talks to dogs like they are human. When people are looking, she enjoys reading, outdoors, and 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 almost 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 watching movies. She writes for The Winged Pen and is represented by Deborah Warren at East West Literary. Her debut young adult novel, LIST OF TEN, about a teen living with Tourette syndrome, published March 16, 2021 by Sterling Teen.