National Book Award winner (2010, for “Mockingbird”) Kathryn Erskine was born in the Netherlands and has lived in South Africa, Israel, Canada and Scotland. She currently lives in Virginia. She worked for a lawyer for many years but eventually decided to pursue her first love, writing. “Mockingbird” was about a girl with Asperger’s. Her brother, whom she relies on to interpret her world, is murdered. In “Seeing Red” (Scholastic), Erskine tackles the topic of race relations in the American South.