Alli Frank and Asha Youmans found literary soulmates in each other after working together as teacher and school administrator in Seattle, WA. They discovered a shared mission as educators and as authors— to use humor, joy and compassion to write stories that encourage candid conversations about issues such as race, religion, culture, class, privilege, parenting and education. Their debut, Tiny Imperfections, tackled desperate parents and their ill-fated misbehaviors with razor-sharp wit, followed by Never Meant to Meet You, which deftly mined the often comedic and underexplored common ground between Black and Jewish experiences in America. In 2023 their third collaboration, The Better Half, captivated Mindy Kaling, and Mindy’s Book Studio, her imprint with Amazon Publishing.

Their fourth book BOSS LADY, out July, 2024 is about a mess of a heroine who is desperate to resolve her past so she can finally rediscover who she was always meant to be.

Alli Frank and Asha Youmans bring their very different cultural backgrounds and perspectives together to write in one seamless, cohesive voice, united in their belief that humor and fiction can inspire empathy and learning, and that exposure to diverse experiences can only enrich one’s life.

Winner of the Zibby Awards 2021 for Best Author Photo