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Mary Atkinson

Mary Atkinson

Mary Atkinson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Her poetry for children has appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her fiction and non-fiction have been published widely in educational markets. A former teacher, Mary enjoys conducting poetry workshops in schools and libraries in her home state of Massachusetts.

 

Marianna Baer

Marianna Baer

Marianna Baer is the author of young adult novel Frost and the forthcoming Immaculate, from Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins. She grew up in Cambridge, MA, and received a BA in Art from Oberlin College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she spends her time writing, drawing, and wishing her apartment building allowed pets so she could have a bunch of cats and dogs.

 

Kelly Barson

Kim Baker

Kim Baker's debut middle grade novel, Pickle (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's), was one of the New York Public Library's 2012 Best Books for Reading and Sharing, the 2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite West Winner, and a finalist for the 2013 Children's Choice Awards, Book of the Year for 5th-6th grade readers. She has worked as a teacher, a crisis counselor, a mail sorter, and other odd jobs in odd places. Now she lives in Seattle with her family. Kim reads a lot, makes stuff, and thinks about ways to entertain her pets. She can often be found in the woods, despite a chronic fear of bears.

 

Kelly Barson

K.A. Barson

K.A. Barson has been published in Highlights for Children magazine, and her debut young adult novel, 45 Pounds, is forthcoming from Viking Children's Books in summer 2013. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches high school and college writing classes. Kelly lives in Jackson, Michigan with her husband, children, dogs, and several antique steam tractors.

Daphne Benedis-Grab received her MFA from The New School. She is the author of two young adult books, Alive and Well in Prague, New York, published by HarperTeen in 2008 and The Girl in the Wall, published by Merit Press in 2012. Her middle grade debut, The Angel Tree, will be out with Scholastic in the fall of 2014. She also writes short stories for American Girl Magazine and reviews for Publishers Weekly. She lives in New York City with her husband, two kids and a very doted upon cat.

 

Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman is the author of the forthcoming Young Adult novel Taken, which will be released in winter 2013 from HarperTeen. She grew up in Connecticut and received a BFA in New Media Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. When she isn't writing, Erin works as a part-time web designer in Boston. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

Dori Hillestad Butler

Dori Hillestad Butler


Dori Hillestad Butler
is the author of more than 26 books for children. Her books have appeared on children's choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children's Choice Award in 2007. The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best Juvenile Mystery.

Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club and Boxcar Children series, and a children's book reviewer for several publications. She's published numerous short stories, plays and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Regional Advisor. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country. She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa. When she's not writing, she enjoys Zumba, her mandolin, teaching her dog new tricks, and board games with her husband and two sons. She plays a mean game of Scrabble!


Amy Rose Capetta
holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from VCFA. When she's not writing, she's--well, she's always writing. In her head, at least. She might also appear to be baking, reading, running off on an adventure, or pointing her camera at you. She loves all things SFF. Her YA debut, Entangled, and a sequel, Unmade, are forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Edith Cohn was born and raised in North Carolina where she grew up visiting the unique beaches of the Outer Banks. She currently lives in the coyote-wild hills of Los Angeles with her husband and fur-daughter Leia. All of these things provided inspiration for her middle grade novel, SPIRIT'S KEY, a mystery about a girl and her ghost dog coming soon from FSG/Macmillan.


Dori Hillestad Butler

Betsy Cornwell

Betsy Cornwell is the author of Tides, a young adult fantasy, and Mechanica, a steampunk fairy tale, forthcoming from Clarion in 2013 and 2014, respectively. She grew up in the wilds of rural New Hampshire and received her BA from Smith College in 2010. She is currently an MFA student at the University of Notre Dame, where she also teaches fiction writing and film and television studies. She lives near Notre Dame at the moment, but plans to move to Ireland after graduation to write her next book.

 

Carolee Dean

Carolee Dean

 

Carolee Dean is the author of Take Me There (Simon Pulse 2010) and the forthcoming YA verse novel, No Way Out (Simon Pulse). She has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher conferences. In addition, she was a featured author at the 2002 Texas Book Festival. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders. She has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a speech-language pathologist and has helped to sponsor poetry slam teams at both the middle school and high school levels. In addition to working with students of all ages in the public schools, Carolee has also worked with teens in a psychiatric hospital and a head trauma rehabilitation unit. She teaches courses in both creative writing and hands-on science writing through a variety of summer programs.

Carolee lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and children. In addition to poetry, she loves hiking and biking along the beautiful Rio Grande River and skiing wherever there are mountains and snow.


Jacopo della Quercia

Jacopo della Quercia


Jacopo della Quercia
is a writer and educator who has authored more than 100 articles for the comedy website Cracked.com. His work has been featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News as well as on BBC America, CNN Money, The Huffington Post, Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, CBS's Man Cave Daily, and many other places. Jacopo has taught classes on Medieval and Renaissance literature, art, and history since 2007 and has delivered lectures on Machiavellian political psychology at institutions such as New York University. His debut, The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy, will be published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

 

Christine Deriso

Christine Deriso

Christine Hurley Deriso's debut young adult novel,Then I Met My Sister is forthcoming from Flux in spring 2011. She is the author of the middle grade novels Do-Over, The Right-Under Club, Talia Talk (2008), and The Right-Under Club: Second Stage all published by Delacorte. Her children's picture book, Dreams to Grow On, received a 2003 Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year Award.

She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. She has written feature articles and humor essays for national magazines including Ladies' Home Journal, Family Circle, Parents and Child. Her career has also included newspaper journalism, public relations and restaurant critiques. She lives in North Augusta, South Carolina with husband Graham and children Gregory and Julianne.

 

Darrin Doyle

Darrin Doyle

 

Darrin Doyle's first novel, Revenge of the Teacher's Pet: A Love Story, was published by LSU Press in March 2009. The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo was published by St. Martin's Press in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Long Story, Cottonwood, Laurel Review, and elsewhere. In 2008, he was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers's Conference. He teaches at Kansas State University.

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure Through the Bomb's Breath, to be published by Random House in fall 2013. On school days, she works with fourth graders who are struggling with math and language arts, and the rest of the time she hangs out at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing games with her family, making dinner, reading to her kids, toilet papering friends' houses, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.

Nora Ericson

Nora Ericson

Nora Ericson received a BA in Painting from Yale University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Originally from (very) upstate New York, she now lives, writes and wrangles in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, young son and two waggy dogs. Her picture book debut, Dill & Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird, illustrated by her sister, Lisa Ericson, will be published by HarperCollins in 2016.
Elizabeth Fama writes young adult novels and (together with her husband, John Cochrane) is the parent of four snarky young adults. Her first novel, Overboard (Cricket Books/Laurel-Leaf Random House), was a 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second novel, Monstrous Beauty, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012. She has an MBA and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, but she's not sure why.

 

Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Laura Marx Fitzgerald

 

Laura Marx Fitzgerald is the author of the forthcoming Under the Egg, due early 2014 from Dial Books. She grew up in college towns throughout the South, where she sought out the local libraries and maxed out their lending limits. Laura became such a fixture in the Norman, OK library that she was asked to help present the state's Sequoyah Award to Bill Wallace for A Dog Called Kitty. She attended Harvard to study English and Cambridge for History of Art, but ended up in New York in a far less academic environment: advertising. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Under the Egg is her first novel.

John C.Ford

John C. Ford

John C. Ford graduated from Stanford University, where he wrote a weekly column for The Stanford Daily, and the University of Michigan Law School, where he attended a few classes and lots of football games. His first novel, The Morgue And Me (Viking, June 2009), is an Edgar nominee for Best Young Adult Novel. It is a mystery that he began writing while practicing law in Washington, DC. (The idea struck him in the middle of a $500 million trial, but hopefully no one noticed what he was writing on that legal pad.) He grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, where he shared a zip code with crime-fiction great Elmore Leonard and steeped himself in pulp detective novels at the Baldwin Public Library. When he isn't writing, he practices amateur photography.

 

Megan Frazer

Megan Frazer

Megan Frazer studied English literature and creative writing at Columbia University. She lives with her husband in Maine, where she is a high school librarian. Her first novel, Secrets of Truth and Beauty, was published by Disney-Hyperion in 2009. Her debut middle grade novel, The Water Castle, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2012.

 

Ed Hardy

Edward Hardy

Edward Hardy grew up in Ithaca, New York and is the author of the novels, Keeper & Kid and Geyser Life. He has an MFA from Cornell and his short stories have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including, Ploughshares, GQ, The New England Review, Boulevard and The Quarterly, and been listed in The Best American Short Stories. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and taught fiction writing at Cornell and Boston College. He currently teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown and lives outside Providence with his wife and two sons.

Robin Herrera

Robin Herrera

Robin Herrera is an aspiring Cat Lady living in Portland, OR. Her love for cats (and writing) began in her hometown of Eureka, CA, where she often sets her novels. She studied English (and read lots and lots of children's and YA books) at Mills College, and got her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts soon after. She now works as an Admin Assistant at Oni Press, where she is surrounded by awesome comics all day long. Her first book, a middle grade novel which will not be called In the Words of Star Mackie, will be published in Spring 2014.

 

Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch grew up in Richmond, VA and received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from UC San Diego. He now lives in Queens, NY and works at a non-profit in the ad industry. Besides writing, Jeff enjoys fire eating, escaping from a straitjacket (while standing up or hanging from the ceiling by his ankles), walking on broken glass and performing a passable version of the human blockhead routine. Jeff's first novel, The Eleventh Plague, will be released in fall 2011 by Scholastic.

 

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani received her MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel for young readers, tentatively titled The Whole Story of Half a Girl, is forthcoming in spring 2012 from Delacorte Press. She has also written for several children's licenses such as Dora the Explorer and Olivia, reviews children's books for Kirkus Reviews, and has contributed fiction to Kahani, a South Asian literary magazine for children. In addition to writing, she's back in school working toward her degree in Montessori education. She lives in New York with her two incredibly cute, incredibly loud children and her supportive, quieter husband.

 

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes is the author of two middle-grade novels, Pretty Is (2007) and Tracktown Summer (2009), both from Dutton Children's Books. Her new miidle-grade novel, The Normal Kid will be published by Carolrhoda Books in 2012. She has also published two books of poetry for adults, The Patience of the Cloud Photographer (1997) and The Playhouse Near Dark (2007). A graduate of Davidson College and Cornell University, she works as a writer and editor in Ithaca, New York, where she lives with her husband, the novelist Paul Cody, and their two sons.

 

Troy Howell

Troy Howell

Active in the publishing field for over 25 years, author-illustrator Troy Howell is best known for his Brian Jacques' Redwall covers (Philomel) and his collaboration with Mary Pope Osborne on her mythology and folk tales collection (Scholastic Press). Several of his poems, essays, a children's picture book, and an adult short story have been published, and he is currently writing a middle grade novel. His work has won awards and starred reviews, and in 2000 he was nominated for the Virginia Governor's Award for the Arts.

Troy's writing debut, a middle grade fantasy novel, The Dragon of Cripple Creek, will be published by Amulet Books in April 2011.

Troy is a member of James River Writers, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC.


Leila Howland

Leila Howland

Leila Howland is the author of the young adult novel Nantucket Blue forthcoming from Disney/Hyperion in summer 2012. She grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Georgetown University. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches English to teenagers and adults. Even though she loves living in California with her husband and two dogs, she can't seem to stop writing about her native east coast.

 

Holly Nicole Hoxter

Holly Nicole Hoxter

Holly Nicole Hoxter was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and still reluctantly resides there with her three adorable cats. Her first novel for teens, The Snowball Effect, was released by Balzer & Bray in spring 2010.


Cordelia Allen Jensen

Cordelia Allen Jensen

Cordelia Allen Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Cordelia's YA Novel in Verse, Skyscraping, is forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin in early 2015. Cordelia was Poet Laureate of Perry County in 2006 & 2007. She works at The Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia where she teaches creative writing classes for kids & teens.


Marion Jensen

Marion Jensen

Marion Jensen lives in Farmington, Utah. He is the author of the upcoming middle grade novel Almost Super, to be published by Harper Children's in 2013. Marion earned his B.S. in Political Science, and his M.S. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University.

 

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of Saving Maddie (Delacorte), My Life as a Rhombus (Flux/Llewellyn, 2008) and the Essence Magazine eBestseller A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid (Genesis Press, 2005). He was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. Varian now lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Crystal, and is a member of SCBWI, the Writers' League of Texas, and The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN).

 

Karen Kincy

Karen Kincy

A shameless nerd and lover of snark, Karen Kincy lives in Olympia, Washington, where she is a junior studying linguistics and computer science at The Evergreen State College. Her debut, Other, will come out from Flux in 2010, with the  sequel, Bloodborn, following soon after. Karen ripped off her hometown of Snohomish, WA for the fictional locale of Klikamuks, where Other takes place. When she's not at her computer, writing, she's probably out in the forest with her notebook, writing, or on a photography expedition with her trusty digital camera. She likes to imagine werewolves lurking among the trees.

 

Heidi R. Kling

Heidi R. Kling

Heidi R. Kling's first novel, Sea, was a finalist for "Northern California Book of the Year", an IndieNext Pick, Goodreads "Mover and Shaker" and a Gateway Reader's Award Finalist among other generous accolades. Sea, which launched June 10, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami.

Witch's Brew: Spellspinners launched The Spellspinners of Melas County series January, 2012. This ten-book serialized saga of estranged witches and warlocks, set in a modern, but fantastical world and told in an innovative "active fiction" format not unlike the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Think of The Spellspinners of Melas County as a popular TV series you read instead of watch.

When not penning novels, Heidi contributes short stories and essays to teen lit anthologies such as Truth & Dare, The First Time, A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls, and Two & Twenty Dark Tales, and feeding her ravenous appetite for unputdownable books, addicting TV dramas and Thin Mints.

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York City, Heidi returned to her native Californian where she lives with her husband and two children, right over the coastal mountains from the sea.

 

Jonathan Maberry

Libby Koponen

 

Libby Koponen started writing stories when she was seven. Some readers of Blow Out the Moon (NYPL Top Title for Reading and Sharing; Booklist starred review) have said she should publish her childhood Silly Witch series, which they found very funny. But now Libby is more interested in stories that feel true because they are -- and because of the way they're written. She writes novels based on real people, nonfiction with strong stories.

She has an MFA from Brown, has travelled (and ridden horses) on every continent except Antarctica, and is always ready for an adventure. This year she hopes to do a school visit in Kenya.


Kendall Kulper

Kendall Kulper

Kendall Kulper writes historical fiction with a fantasy twist for teen readers and knows more about nineteenth century whaling than she ever imagined. Her debut YA novel, SALT AND STORM will be published by Little, Brown in 2014. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history and literature in 2008 and spent several years as a journalist before deciding to write full-time. She grew up in the wilds of New Jersey and now lives in Chicago with her husband and chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd mix, Abby.

 

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour writes fiction for teenagers and adults. She has an MFA from Mills College, and teaches English at an independent high school in Berkeley. She has great fondness for photography, cooking, and teenagers. A San Francisco Bay Area native, she lives in Oakland with her girlfriend and their two rambunctious cats. Her first novel, Hold Still, was published by Dutton Books in 2009. Her new novel, The Disenchantments, is forthcoming from Dutton in February 2012.

 

Amy McNamara

Amy McNamara


Amy McNamara is the author of the young adult novel Lovely, Dark, and Deep, to be published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2012, and a manuscript of poems, the new head chronometrist. Her poems appear in a wide variety of literary journals and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a BA in French and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her days are spent reading, writing, or walking the city, camera in hand - and sometimes all three things at once. She is married to the artist Doug McNamara and they live in Brooklyn with their two children.

 

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

 

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries. His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: Ghost Road Blues (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), Dead Man's Song (2007) and Bad Moon Rising (2008); the Joe Ledger series of action thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin: Patient Zero (2009, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Best Novel Award and is in development for TV by Sony Entertainment), The Dragon Factory (2010; now available), The King of Plagues (March 2011), Book of Shadows (March 2012), Visitors (2013); The Wolfman (NY Times bestseller from Tor, based on the Universal Pictures film starring Benecio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Sir Anthony Hopkins); the Benny Imura series of Young Adult dystopian zombie thrillers from Simon & Schuster: Rot & Ruin (Sept 2010), Dust & Decay (2011), Flesh & Bone (2012) and Fire & Ash (2013); and the forthcoming standalone zombie thriller Dead of Night (Summer 2011).

His nonfiction works include: Vampire Universe (Citadel Press, 2006), The Cryptopedia (Citadel, 2007 - winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer), Zombie: CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and nominated for a Stoker Award; 2008), They Bite! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer), Wanted Undead or Alive (2010 co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman).

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, and THE MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.


Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin is the author of the Young Adult novel Tracked, which will be released by Dial Penguin in 2014. She's also a librarian, a baker, a singer and a certified electric-guitar-rocking Beatle-maniac. If she could, she'd eat chocolate eclairs, listen to Abbey Road, and tap away on the keyboard all day long. Drawn to every area of bookish life, Jenny is active in the ALA and TLA library community. As a writer, she's a member of DFW Writers' Workshop who presents at conferences and occasionally teaches writing for UTA's continuing ed. program. As a Beatle-maniac, she regularly blisses out over all kinds of live and recorded rock.

 

 

Brian Meehl

Brian Meehl

Brian Meehl is enjoying his third reincarnation. After a career of wiggling puppets on "Sesame Street" and in Jim Henson films, he became an Emmy award winning writer for children's shows such as "Between the Lions" and "Magic School Bus." He has now convinced himself that he is the author of two YA novels. When he recovers from this delusion, he will start thinking about reincarnation number four.

In the meantime, he lives in Connecticut with his family of three females on a farm full of furry animals, and is working on a third novel. So he thinks.

 

Michael Northrop

Michael Northrop


Michael Northrop
has worked as an editor at Sports Illustrated Kids and The World Almanac and briefly moonlighted as a standup comedian. His non-fiction has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Morning News, and People online, and his fiction and humor have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Weird Tales, McSweeney's online, and other places. He is the author of three YA novels: Gentlemen (2009), one of the American Library Association/YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults; Trapped (2011), an ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection, an Indie Next List pick, and a Barnes & Noble Must-Read for Teens; and Rotten, which was published in April, 2013. My first middle grade novel, Plunked, was named to the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

 

Jason Ockhert

Jason Ockert

Jason Ockert is the author of Rabbit Punches, a collection of short stories.  A winner of the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Award and the Mary Roberts Rinehart National Fiction Award, Jason's stories have appeared in the Oxford American, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, McSweeney's, Ecotone, and Witness. His work is included in the 2007 anthologies of New Stories from the South and Best American Mystery Stories.  He has recently completed a second collection of stories and a novel.

 

Randy Powell

Randy Powell

Randy Powell has published seven novels for young adults, all by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Many have been translated into foreign languages and have been selected for ALA Best Books and other national and state best-book lists. All are now in paperback.  His novel Is Kissing a Girl Who Smokes Like Licking an Ashtray? was the winner of the 1992 PEN/West award for Children's Literature.  Randy has taught at the MFA in Writing for Children program at Vermont College, the Whidbey Island Writers Association MFA program, and the BYU Writing for Young Readers Workshop.  His eighth novel, Swiss Mist, will be published by FSG in October 2008. A graduate of the University of Washington, Randy lives in Seattle with his wife and two teenage sons.


Randy Powell

Katie Quirk

Katie Quirk's middle-grade novel, A Girl Called Problem, is due out in April 2013. The protagonist, a 13-year-old girl whose name means Problem in Swahili, lives in East Africa. Katie is currently finishing up a second book, a parenting memoir about raising her son in India. The settings of Katie's books are reflective of her wanderlust. Katie has lived in India for four years, Tanzania for two, and France for one. She and her family now live in Maine in a house decorated with art from around the world. Katie has an M.F.A. from Mills College and a B.A. from Haverford College. Her website is katie-quirk.com

 

Erik Raschke

Erik Raschke

Erik Raschke grew up in Denver, Colorado and received a Masters in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. His short fiction has been published in Chelsea, Reading Room, and many other print and online magazines. His first novel, The Book Of Samuel, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2010. He lives with his family in Amsterdam.

Evan Roskos

Evan Roskos

Evan Roskos was born and raised in New Jersey, a state often maligned for its air and politics but rightly praised for its produce. One of Narrative's Best New Writers, Evan's fiction has appeared in Granta's New Voices online feature, as well as in Story Quarterly, The Hummingbird Review, and BestFiction. He earned an MFA from Rutgers University - Newark and teaches literature and writing courses for Rowan University and Rutgers - Camden. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish his debut novel Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets in 2013.


Brian Sack

Brian Sack

 

Brian Sack is the author of In The Event Of My Untimely Demise: 20 Things My Son Needs To Know (HarperOne). He regularly appears on the Headline News program Not Just Another Cable News Show and as comic relief on the Glenn Beck program. He has written humor for numerous publications in the U.S. and U.K.


Dianne K. Salerni

Dianne K. Salerni

Dianne K. Salerni is the author of the young adult historical novel THE CAGED GRAVES, published by Clarion in spring 2013, and the fothcoming middle grade adventure THE EIGHTH DAY, from Harper Children's. She is an elementary school teacher who has published educational materials for teachers and short stories. Her first novel, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks 2010), was optioned for film by One Eye Open Studio. Salerni lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters and loves spending her weekends in the Pocono Mountains, with and without her skis.

 

Susan Maupin Schmid

Susan Maupin Schmid

Susan Maupin Schmid grew up next to a cemetery and has always been interested in things like history, archeology, and mummies. Her science fiction mystery, Lost Time (Philomel 2008), received excellent reviews. Susan writes fantasy, science fiction, and mysteries. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two daughters.

 

Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder is a native Oregonian, which means her childhood summers were spent camping, fishing, reading books (of course!), and playing in the sun, when it finally came out. These days, Lisa spends her summers, and every other part of the year, sharing all the wonderful things Oregon has to offer with her husband and two sons. She is the author of three verse novels for young adults, all published by Simon Pulse - I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Far From You, Chasing Brooklyn and The Day Before. Her middle grade debut, It's Raining Cupcakes, was published by Aladdin in 2010, and a companion novel, Sprinkles and Secrets, in 2011.


Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is the author of the Fire & Flood series published by Scholastic, and the Dante Walker trilogy published by Entangled Teen. She lives in Dallas with her husband, and adores cotton candy and fat cats. Victoria loves chatting with her readers. Find her online at www.VictoriaScottYA.com

 

Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy's first novel for young adults was Lost It. Her fifth young adult novel, Death of a Kleptomaniac, will be published by Hyperion in fall 2012. Her first middle-grade novel, Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus, was released in Summer 2009 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers, and her second middle grade, The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter, was published by Delacorte in January 2011.

 

Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees is a graduate of Middlebury College and received an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre, and his screenplays have advanced in various national competitions including winners at the Telluride IndieFest and PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. His debut novel, The Brothers Torres, was named one of 2009's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. His second novel, Lucky Fools, is forthcoming in summer 2012, to be followed in 2013 by a third, Annie Fleet and the Golden Jaguar. Coert is the creator of the animated educational series Grammaropolis (www.grammaropolis.com). He is currently Visiting Writer in Residence as the Parks Fellow at Rice University, and he enjoys living in Houston with his wife, Molly, and their two children, Dayton and Annie.

 

Dan Wells

Dan Wells

Dan Wells has a Bachelors in English from Brigham Young University where he was the editor of the Leading Edge Magazine. His John Cleaver series, I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want to Kill You, is published by Tor in the US, Headline in the UK, is a bestseller in Germany, published by Piper, and is now sold into 11 territories. His YA debut, Partials, will be published by HarperTeen in February, and his next adult thriller, The Hollow City will be published by Tor in the US in April.

 

Robison Wells

Robison Wells

Robison Wells lives in Holladay, Utah with his wife and three kids. He is the author of the upcoming YA dystopian, Variant (HarperTeen, Fall 2011) as well as three other published novels. He earned his MBA from Brigham Young University, and a BS in political science from the University of Utah.

 

Allison Whittenberg

Allison Whittenberg

A Philadelphia native and a Virgo, Allison Whittenberg studied dance for years before switching to writing. She has a MA in English from the University of Wisconsin and enjoys traveling to places like the Caribbean and Russia. She is the author of the middle grade novels, Sweet Thang and Hollywood and Maine, and the young adult novels Life is Fine, and the forthcoming Tutored, all from Delacorte.


Rachel Wilson

Rachel M. Wilson

Rachel M. Wilson's YA debut Don't Touch will be published by Harper Children's in Summer 2014. Rachel studied Theater at Northwestern University and earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a company member of Barrel of Monkeys Children's Theater, she teaches, adapts children's writing for the stage, and wears lots of silly hats! Rachel lives in Chicago, IL, with a sweet dog named Remy Frankenstein.

 

Brian Yansky

Brian Yansky

Brian Yansky lives in Austin, Texas. He has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and teaches writing at Austin Community College. His latest YA novel, Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, is forthcoming from Candlewick. He's the author of two previous YA novels: Wonders of the World and My Road Trip to The Pretty Girl Capital of the World. He also writes stories and novels for adults.

 

 

Sara Crowe, Literary Agent with Harvey Klinger, Inc