Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of two novels, The Knife and the Butterfly and What Can’t Wait, both published by Carol Rhoda Lab. What Can’t Wait was inspired by her high-school students in Houston and was named to the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her latest novel, The Knife and the Butterfly, explores the lives of two teens connected by their struggles—and by an act of violence. Kirkus Reviews called it “an unflinching portrait with an ending that begs for another reading.”
Ashley grew up in Texas and has since followed wherever writing and teaching lead her. She is also pursuing a PhD in comparative literature from Indiana University. At the moment, she lives in Paris with her husband, Arnulfo, and their son, Liam Miguel.