Jennifer A. Nielsen was born and raised in northern Utah. She is a New York Times best-selling author of several series and novels, including The Ascendance series, beginning with The False Prince; the Traitor’s Game series; the historical novels Resistance, A Night Divided, Words on Fire, Rescue, and several other titles. Jennifer has won multiple awards including the Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award and several state book awards. She has been the keynote speaker at many writing and publishing conferences. Her message in Once Upon a Climb was originally written to inspire other writers to keep writing and doing those things to reach their own personal goals.