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about the author

Nan Willard Cappo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fifth of six children. She has degrees from Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, and Wayne State University. She met her husband in Pittsburgh while they were both selling computers for IBM. They moved to Michigan where Nan began writing fiction, in between raising three children.

Her first novel, Cheating Lessons(Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, reprinted in 2016), is based in part on her experiences coaching her children in numerous academic contests.

In 2011 Nan moved back to Pittsburgh, formed her own publishing imprint--Tadmar Press-- and published another YA novel. Unaccounted For is also a Michigan-set mystery, for older teens. It was named an IndieReader Discovery Award Finalist.

In 2016, Tadmar Press brought out new hardback, paperback, eBook, and audio editions of Cheating Lessons. Nan is currently working on a new novel, set in Pittsburgh. She welcomes reviews and readers' comments--to send her an email, see the Contact page.