* The Harry Potter series is a huge cultural phenomenon, selling millions of copies and spawning films, theme parks and merchandise
* A wide range of unofficial Harry Potter spin-off books sell very well, including both big house titles and self published books
* Author is an award-winning creative nonfiction writer
Jill Kolongowski is a Hufflepuff who teaches writing and literature at the College of San Mateo. She is also the managing editor at YesYes Books. Her essays have won Sundog Lit's First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket magazine. Other essays are published in Profane, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Southern Indiana Review, Fugue, and elsewhere. She lives in California, and her Patronus is a tortoiseshell cat.