Author Spotlight

“I write so that I can be kissed by a vampire, travel to the stars, turn into a werewolf, and still be home for dinner.”—Annette Curtis Klause

Annette Curtis Klause is the recipient of the California Young Reader Medal as well as several other state awards and honors.


Annette Curtis Klause, a self-professed fan of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, read her first vampire book when she was 14; it was Jane Gaskell’s The Shining Narrow Grin. “I was enthralled,” she says, and immediately began fantasizing about the book.

Klause was part of a writing group for six years, mostly writing picture books, when the group encouraged her to write a novel. While deciding on a subject, she “remembered the vampires,” and after years of work her highly acclaimed The Silver Kiss was published.

Her novel, Blood and Chocolate, tells the story of 16-year-old Vivian Gandillon, who is trying to fit in to her new home in the suburbs. But trying to act “normal” isn’t always easy, since Vivian and her family are werewolves. When Vivian falls in love with a human, and a brutal murder threatens her pack’s survival, Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained. What is she really—human or beast?

Born in Bristol, England, Annette Curtis Klause now lives in Hyattsville, Maryland. Klause holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently head of Children’s Services at the Aspen Hill Community Library in Maryland. In her spare time, Klause collects science fiction, fantasy, and horror first editions, limited editions, and chapbooks, and enjoys going to science fiction conventions.



—An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults
—An ALA Top Ten Quick Pick
—A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
—A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice

“A seamless, totally convincing blend of fantasy and reality. . . . Klause’s imagery is magnetic and her language fierce, rich, and beautiful. . . . A powerful, unforgettable novel.”—Starred, Booklist

“Gripping, thrilling, and original. . . . Delicious and smooth, like chocolate.”—Starred, School Library Journal

“Extrapolating brilliantly from wolf and werewolf lore, Klause creates a . . . fierce, suspenseful chiller.”—Kirkus Reviews


—An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
—An ALA Quick Pick
—A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
—A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice
—Winner of the California Young Readers Medal
—A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

“There’s inherent romantic appeal in the vampire legend, and Klause weaves all the gory details into a poignant love story that becomes both sensuous and suspenseful.”—Starred, Booklist

“A well-drawn, powerful, and seductive novel . . . a haunting choice for reluctant readers.”—Starred, School Library Journal


—An ALA Notable Book
—A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
—A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice

“A dynamic 1990s variation on the best of the 1950s–early 1960s juvenile science fiction.”—Starred, Booklist

“This is a fast-moving space mystery that’s filled with twists and turns and many surprises.”—Starred, School Library Journal