In an alternate universe, Lori Snyder is a circus performer—probably an aerialist wearing a lot of glitter. In this universe, she’s had many different careers (none of which, sadly, are circus-related): marine biologist, fourth grade teacher, dancer, yoga teacher and studio owner, book editor, writer. Venice Beach is one of the great loves of her life, as are kindness, delight, and the sea, and her book is a love letter to all of those. Lori holds an MPW in Creative Writing from USC and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is also the founder of the Writers Happiness Movement, which offers free happiness tools to writers, and hosts retreats for writers both online and (someday again) in person. The Circus at the End of the Sea is her first novel; her second middle grade fantasy will be out in 2023, also with HarperCollins.