is the author of eight novels, including five for young adults, and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her young adult novels have received numerous awards including ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Children’s Literature Choice List, International Reading Association Young Adults Choice List, Bulletin for the Center of the Book Blue Ribbon Book, ALA Best YA Books for Adults, and VOYA Perfect Tens. She received the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. Her most recent YA novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, was published in 2014. In a recent interview, John Green said, “Barb Shoup has been an important YA writer for decades.”
Shoup has forty years of experience teaching aspiring writers of all ages, including twenty years of teaching high school writers. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.