Rainbow Rowell is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her popular novels include Eleanor & Park (2013), Fangirl (2013) and Carry On (2015) - all have received much critical acclaim. Before becoming a novelist, Rowell was a columnist and ad copywriter at the Omaha World-Herald. Rowell started working on Attachments, a romantic comedy novel that would become her first published work, as a pastime after leaving her position as a columnist. Kirkus Reviews listed Attachments as one of the outstanding debuts that year. In 2012, Rowell completed the first draft of her young adult novel Fangirl for National Novel Writing Month and a year later, in 2013, Rowell published Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, another young adult novel. Both novels received positive reviews and were named by The New York Times as among the best young adult fiction works of the year. Eleanor & Park was also chosen by Amazon as one of the 10 best books of 2013. Rowell lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.