S. J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire. She also interned for a politician in Washington, DC, and received degrees from universities in Illinois and Ohio, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Several years, several manuscripts, and several jobs later, Ms. Kincaid now lives in California, and Catalyst is the conclusion to the Insignia trilogy.
"Kincaid lays a lot down, twining her increasingly complex plot and
characterizations with Tom's growing awareness. Action fans, fear
not: For all the deep thinking Tom and readers undertake, pace,
adventure and fun are not compromised one whit. A surprisingly and
satisfyingly rich middle volume."----Kirkus Reviews
"Kincaid combines a Harry Potter-like teen discovering that he has unknown abilities being sent to a special boarding school with the Ender's Game plotline of humanity's space battles being fought remotely by juveniles. She adds espionage, corporate skullduggery and multiple mysterious enemies to create a blockbuster of a debut."----School Library Journal (starred review)