DEKE MOULTON (she/they) (rhymes with 'geek') is a writer currently living in the US Pacific Northwest. They are a former US Army drill sergeant and trained as an Arabic linguist during their time in service. Don't Want to Be Your Monster, their debut book, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor Awards and was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Middle Grades of 2023. They are represented by Rena Rossner with the Deborah Harris Literary Agency.
Deke Moulton (she/they) is the author of DON’T WANT TO BE YOUR MONSTER and the upcoming BENJI ZEB IS A RAVENOUS WEREWOLF (Tundra Books), both books re-examinations of monster myths (vampires and werewolves, respectively) through a Jewish lens. Deke (short for Dikla) grew up in Chicago and worked behind the scenes as an apprentice book conservator at the Adler Planetarium before enlisting in the United States Army. Their time in service gave them invaluable experiences, like living in Italy for three years, studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, and even yelling at people professionally as a drill sergeant. Deke now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where cozy vibes and drizzly skies influence their current work. They are represented by Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Literary Agency.