Anna Caltabiano is an up-and-coming young adult author, who though only recently turned 18, has already published two widely acclaimed novels. Her most recent novel, The Seventh Miss Hatfield, is the first book of a new trilogy, published by the Hatchette Group. Caltabiano has received an increasing amount of media attention for her compelling stories to which young adults can deeply relate. The idea of writing her first book was born as a result of a bet she made with her dad to avoid having to go to camp the summer after middle school. Four years later and Caltabiano is still writing. In her books, articles, and media appearances, she continues to tackle everyday, but often painful, issues for teens.
Though now residing in Palo Alto, California, the multi-cultural influences on her writing run deep. Born in British Colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools, Caltabiano was brought up speaking Japanese at home. In Palo Alto, surrounded by neighbors who are the pioneers of Google, Apple and Facebook, the desire to create the future clashes with the traditional-bound immigrant roots of many of its inhabitants. Having now spent much time in privileged suburban America, Caltabiano has always felt fascinated, but troubled, by her high school classmates’ personal struggles as they deal with the contradictions in their lives. The high schoolers themselves are a microcosm of the area–an eclectic mix; the offspring of ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley magnates, aspirational internet entrepreneurs, and Stanford philosophy professors. Her writing reflects her concerns for her generation as it seeks out salvation, meaning, and companionship in online communities, with pop culture as its only shared language.
Caltabiano feels that when she is not busy writing about the pressures and emotions of modern adolescence and teenage life, she is just a regular teenage girl who enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing tennis, and practicing the guitar.