Scott Westerfeld is the author of five science fiction novels for adults. He's also been an occasional ghost writer, which is like driving someone else's car really, really fast for lots of money. He has written three sets of books for young adults. His other trilogy is Uglies, set in a future where cosmetic surgery is compulsory when you turn 16, making everyone beautiful.
His third set of books is three stand-alone novels from Razorbill, all set in contemporary New York. Scott was born in Texas, and splits his time between New York City and Sydney, Australia.