Grace Ward (she/her/hers)
Oh hi there! Welcome to my little corner of the internet!
My name is Grace and I am an author and playwright from Boise, Idaho. I grew up on the road with my parent's rock band and have always known the artist's life was for me. I love writing stories about messy women and volatile relationships. As a queer, Romani-American writer who has struggled with ADHD and Dyslexia her whole life, I often find those topics creeping into my work as well. Writing is my passion, my vice, and my life's work. If you are reading this message, audiences like you make what I do possible. Feel free to snoop around this page and, as always, feel free to reach out. My emails and DM's are always open! For specific details on all my projects, see the appropriate tabs above.
Writing For Young Adults!
I believe young people deserve GREAT stories. My debut novel The Apollo, which is the first book in the highly anticipated Constellation Thief Trilogy, will debut in January of 2024. I am also collaborating on an ongoing project with my amazing illustrator friend, Nadiya Atkinson. The Rise Of Baba Yaga will be available in small chapters, bit by bit, throughout October 2024. I love fantasy, adventure, and high-stakes adventure and intend on writing plenty of it. Currently, I am pursuing my MFA in Writing For Young People from Antioch University in LA.
In 2021 I graduated with my BA in Theatre Arts from Boise State University where I studied dramatic writing, stage management, and lighting design. I also spent time at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center studying playwriting and musical theater writing. I was awarded the CCC Award in 2020 for musical theatre writing and was a resident artist at Surel's Place that very same summer. My play & Through The Woods has been produced across the country including the Minnesota Fringe Festival and Storyfort Festival and will be making its world premiere with Brick By Brick Players in 2024. I also have written a one-act play for young audiences called A Letter From Nowhere which will play at Boise Contemporary Theater as part of their Children's Reading Series in early 2024. While my focus has shifted, for the most part, to writing books, I have a new play in early development called Perogies & Prejudice: A Romani Rom Com, which I hope to share more about soon! I love telling stories where femme bodied actors get to be FUNNY and LOUD and MESSY!
Being from Idaho, I have a hard time staying indoors, especially when the world all around me is just so beautiful. My partner and I love to backpack, camp, mountain bike, cross-country ski, and downhill ski. I didn't learn to ski until I was 20 but now I can confidently shred it on black diamonds and take big jumps without falling over (most of the time!) I feel thankful to have the best partner in the world and together we have the best dog in the world. When I'm not writing or sitting with my face in the sunshine, I love to garden and beat my family at Ticket To Ride and Mantis. I am still working to make writing my full time job so I work as a dance teacher for adaptive adults and working with students with advanced behavioral needs. I love that there are so many different adventures in my day to day life but I can't wait to make writing my one and only job.