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My literary agent asked if I'm a fan of Once Upon a Time, and I said YES! She then asked if I'd like her to put my name in the hat for the opportunity to write a tie-in novel about Red, and again I said YES!
—Wendy Toliver src

Wendy Toliver is an American writer of young adult literature who wrote the Once Upon a Time novels Red's Untold Tale and Regina Rising.


Wendy Toliver was born in Houston, Texas. Her father worked for NASA while her mother was a schoolteacher. She has one brother and one sister.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication/Broadcast at the Colorado State University, she started working at an advertising agency. She had always loved writing and reading and finally decided to write a book when she was in her thirties. The final result was a book of the humorous women's fiction genre, which did well in contests and caught the eye of a literary agent, but no editor wanted to publish it. However, several editors mentioned that her style of writing was well suited for the young adult market, and she decided to give it a go. Her first attempt at writing for the teenage audience proved successful, and in the next few years, she became a multi-published, award-winning YA author. She is the author of the novels The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, Miss Match and Lifted, as well as two companion novels for ABC's Once Upon a Time. Wendy currently lives in Utah with her husband and their three sons.[1]

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