Middle Grade and Young Adult Author
Halli Gomez teaches martial arts and writes for children and young adults because those voices flow through her brain. When no one is looking, she sock skates through the house and talks to dogs like they are human. When people are looking, she enjoys reading, outdoors, and watching superhero movies with her family.
1. Everyone can be a superhero. Her secret identity is Katana.
2. Her writing partners are two Norwegian Elkhounds, Loki and Tesla. (Super villains and scientists are fun!)
3. She has a huge Harry Potter merchandise collection. NO ONE is allowed to touch it!
4. She has a signed eyeball from Anne Rice
5. She sold Stephen King his own book at the Miami Book Fair.
As a kid, Halli read adult books. Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker. As an adult, she’s obsessed with children’s books, specifically middle grade and young adult. So it was no surprise that when she decided to write a novel, she dove into the world of kid literature. Those are the voices that flow through her brain.
She is a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo and loves her night job - teaching martial arts. Her students are all ages, but most are between the eight and eighteen. They inspire and entertain her with their stories and dedication.
The mystery books she read as a kid did influence her first career. She worked as an intelligence analyst for police departments and federal agencies. In 2003, she published an article in Police Chief magazine on linking intelligence information, and received several awards for developing a multi-jurisdictional analysis unit. She saw some pretty scary stuff, which she may write about one day.
Halli was born in upstate New York, but spent most of her life in Miami, Florida until chased out by hurricanes. She now lives in North Carolina, with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. They live equidistant between the mountains and the beach because they can't decide which they like better. Halli loves spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and watching superhero movies. She writes for The Winged Pen and is represented by Deborah Warren at East West Literary.