Shari Simpson is an author and screenwriter who penned the middle-grade novel Sam Saves the Night and upcoming chapter book series The Sugar Rush Racers (Disney Hyperion Books, June 27, 2023). She co-wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie The Swap, the Hallmark Channel film Color My World with Love, and the upcoming feature 1% Better with long-time partner, Charlie Shahnaian. Shari is a pug fanatic who runs the popular Instagram account @pugpeopletales and tries to sneak a pug character into all of her work, whether the work calls for it or not. She lives with her husband, teenagers, and of course, two pugs, in Hoboken, NJ. Visit Shari on her website.