About the Writer

A former television news producer and long-time member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, Trina Sotira has spent close to two decades writing for large audiences. Her academic work and Creative Writing studies have been featured at the Illinois Reading Council, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, SCBWI-Illinois, and ABC-7's "Chicagoing." Trina publishes work to share stories of underrepresented voices. IN HER SKIN: GROWING UP TRANS was one of the first transgender teen novels, originally released as an ebook in 2012. The paperback edition launched April, 2016. She teaches Fiction Writing, Creative Writing, and Composition as a faculty instructor at College of DuPage under her dinosaur name: Trina Sotirakopulos. 


Other Books and Published Writing:

Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change, co-edited by Trina Sotira and Michelle Duster (MuseWrite Press, 2015)

"Meat and Oil," flash fiction, published in Emerge Literary Journal, Dec. 2014

"Pack Rats and Procreation: Using Your Past to Write Teen Fiction," WOW! Women on Writing, 2010.


​Click here for Trina's Blog Archives with pics and words from her early writing career.  (WARNING: Blog may contain graphic images from SCBWI conferences, book signings with MG/YA authors, and even photos of Trina eating  kids. Children under 13 not permitted without another child under 13. Or, to reach the appropriate age limit, simply add your age to the age of the person next to you--really this could be anyone nearby, even your dog,--and take that number multiplied by two. If you are now old enough, given your new age, then you can enter.) 








                         Photo credit: C. Bennorth