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Marianna Baer

Marianna Baer

Marianna Baer is the author of young adult novel Frost and the forthcoming Immaculate, from Abrams/Amulet (spring 2017). 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.

 

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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 (Kelly) Barson earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She and her husband live in Jackson, Michigan, surrounded by kids, grandkids, unruly dogs, and too many pairs of shoes. Her first novel, 45 Pounds (More or Less), was released by Viking in 2013, and they will publish Charlotte Cuts It Out in spring 2016.

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
grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not "Mama" or "Dada," but "Once upon a time." In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.

She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn't stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.

When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

She is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers). A companion to Vengeance Road will be published by HMH in 2017.

Steve Bramucci

Steve Bramucci


Steve Bramucci
is an award-winning travel, food, and adventure writer. His work has appeared in USA Today, AFAR, Outside, The Huffington Post, MadeMan.com, OC Register Magazine, and dozens of other online and print outlets. Recently, he crisscrossed Australia in a car powered with veggie oil (for an Aussie TV show), rowed a traditional Vietnamese sampan down the Mekong Delta (a story anthologized in the collection I Learned Kung Fu from a Bear Cub), and attempted to rescue a giant turtle on a pirate island in Madagascar (for a piece which won him the Trazzler 10K Writer's Prize). He also created the series "How I Travel" for BootsNAll.com, interviewing Anthony Bourdain and other travel luminaries.

When he's not on the road, Steve visits schools to share stories and folklore that he's collected abroad along with original tales of scalawags, swashbucklers, and rogues. His first novel Ronald Zupan and the Pirates of Borneo! will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016 with a sequel the following year.


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. She is the author of the sci-fi book Entangled, and a sequel, Unmade (HMH) and the forthcoming Kiss/Kill from Candlewick Press.
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 published by FSG/Macmillan.

Dori Hillestad Butler

Betsy Cornwell

 

Betsy Cornwell is an American writer and teacher living in west Ireland. She is the story editor and a contributing writer at Parabola, and her short-form writing includes fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation and has appeared in the Fairy Tale Review, Zahir Tales, The Violence Prevention Initiative Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Smith College.

Mechanica was published in 2015 and has featured on several best of the year lists, including Amazon.com's Best Young Adult Books and USA Today‘s Must-Read Romances. In a starred review, Kirkus called this retelling of Cinderella "a smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes."

Betsy's debut novel, Tides, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim including a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, a place in the Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, and a Bisexual Book Awards nomination.

Betsy has two more novels forthcoming from Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in 2017 and 2018.

 


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, was published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

Christine Deriso

Christine Hurley Deriso

 

Christine Hurley Deriso is the author of the forthcoming YA novels Thirty Sunsets and Then I Met My Sister (Flux). 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 series Sky Jumpers, published by Random House. Sky Jumpers made the Bluebonnet Master List for 2015, among many other state lists. 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, was published by HarperCollins.
Elizabeth Fama's Plus One was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April, 2014. A 2015 RITA award finalist, Plus One was also a highlighted book in VOYA magazine, and was listed among the "Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014" in the Huffington Post.

Monstrous Beauty was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September, 2012. It won won the 2013 Odyssey Honor Award, and was included on the 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list and the 2013 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.

Her first novel, Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), was named a 2003 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (one of only eleven books selected unanimously by the committee that year). It received the 2002-2003 honor award from the Society of Midland Authors, and it was nominated for five state readers' choice awards (New Hampshire, Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Florida).
Carrie Firestone is a former New York City high school teacher who currently lives in suburban Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and rescue dogs. Her YA novel, The Loose Ends List, (Little, Brown) debuts in June 2016.

 

Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Laura Marx Fitzgerald

 

Laura Marx Fitzgerald is the author of the much acclaimed Under the Egg, published by Dial Books, and the forthcoming The Gallery, also from Dial. 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.

John C.Ford

John C. Ford

John C. Ford is the author of The Cipher and The Morgue and Me. He grew up outside Detroit, Michigan before venturing off to Stanford University, where a desperate search for spending money led him to a reporter position at The Stanford Daily. The pay was terrible, but discovering how much he loved writing was priceless.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School and practicing law in Washington, D.C. for a few years, he began to dream of writing something spicier than a legal brief - something like the crime novels that he grew up reading (and still reads). The result was his debut novel, The Morgue and Me, an Edgar Award nominee.

Megan Frazer Blakemore

Megan Frazer Blakemore

 

Megan Frazer Blakemore is an author for children and young adults. Her middle grade novels include The Friendship Riddle (Bloomsbury, 2015), The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury, 2014), and The Water Castle (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013), the latter of which was named Kirkus Best Children's Book of 2013, a Bank Street College Best Book 2014, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been included on numerous state lists. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill received the Maine Literary Award in 2015 in the Young People's Literature category. Her books for young adults are Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion, 2009) and Very in Pieces (HarperTeen, 2015), which has been named a Junior Library Guild selection.

A school librarian, Megan has a B.A. from Columbia University, and an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Megan has over ten years experience as a librarian, including two as a children's librarian and nine as a school librarian. Her Masters in Library Science was earned from Simmons GSLIS. As a librarian, she focuses on raising reading achievement and giving voice to students through such programming as Coffee Houses, a Film Festival, maker spaces, and various reading programs. She has written for Knowledge Quest and Library Media Connection. She has taught writing to students in elementary through graduate school.

Megan lives in Maine with her husband and two children as well as a cat and (sometimes) a hive of bees..

 

James R. Hannibal

James R. Hannibal

As a former stealth pilot, James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist in a beat-up Opel. He is the Thriller Award nominated author of the Nick Baron covert ops series from Berkley Books as well as the 2016 BEA Buzz Book THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE, coming November 8th, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Young Readers.

 

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 editor at Oni Press, where she is surrounded by awesome comics all day long. Her debut, Hope is a Ferris Wheel, was published by Abrams in 2014.

 

Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch is the USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including The Eleventh Plague, The Darkest Path, and Black River.

He grew up in Richmond, VA and received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from UC San Diego. He now lives in Beacon, 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. Visit him online at www.jeff-hirsch.com

 

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Delacorte Press), which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. She is also the author of the chapter book series Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing and is working on her next novel.

 

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes grew up in Tennessee and went to Davidson College in North Carolina. She then went to Africa, where she taught at a girls' high school in Kenya.

At first she wrote poetry for adults, resulting in two poetry books: The Patience of the Cloud Photographer and The Playhouse Near Dark. She is the author of the middle grade novels Pretty Is, Tracktown Summer, and The Normal Kid. She is married with Paul Cody, a novelist, and is the mother of two sons.


Leila Howland

Leila Howland

Named a Publisher's Weekly Flying Start Author in 2013, Leila Howland lives in Los Angeles with her family. She loves to read, drink tea, and have funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he's waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about "getting back into it." The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 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: By day he is a mild-mannered instructional designer at American Express. By night, he puts on a cape and writes superhero books. Books that will make you laugh, cry (but only because you're laughing so hard), and then hopefully laugh some more.

He is the author of Almost Super and its sequel, Searching for Super (HarperCollins).

 

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library "Stuff for the Teen Age" list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book. Varian attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Varian now lives outside of Austin, TX with his family.

 

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.


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 & Storm and its companion, Drift & Dagger are published by Little, Brown. 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 Cambridge with her husband, daughter, and chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd mix, Abby..

 

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Griffin in June 2016.

She has tutored, taught, and guest lectured in various places, including Berkeley City College, Maybeck High School, Stanford University, and Mills College, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2006. Her novels have been Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and have appeared on many state and regional lists. Nina won the 2009 Northern California Book Award for Children's Literature, was featured in Publishers Weekly as a Flying Starts Author, and was a finalist for the William C. Morris award. She loves teaching, reading work by emerging and established writers, and talking about the craft of fiction.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, photographer Kristyn Stroble, and their daughter.

 

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 suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today's Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

 


Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin


Jenny Martin
is a librarian, a book monster, and a certified Beatle-maniac. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son, where she hoards books and regularly blisses out over all kinds of live and recorded rock. Her debut YA novel, Tracked, is out now, and is published by Dial, an imprint of Penguin-Random House. The sequel, Matched, will be out in 2016.

She loves to connect with readers and writers (and anyone else) who loves music and words (and anything delicious).

Jenny is also an experienced speaker, panelist and presenter who has appeared at many state and regional conferences, events and festivals.

 

 

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
is the author of Scholastic's new multi-platform series, TombQuest. Book 1: Book of the Dead was published in January 2015. It spent three weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and was named one of the best children's books of the year by the Los Angeles Public Library. He is also the author of four young adult novels: Gentlemen (2009), which earned a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation; Trapped (2011), an Indie Next List selection; Rotten (2013), one of the Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year; and Surrounded By Sharks (2014), one of E! Online's Best Summer Reads. My first middle grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by both the New York Public Library and Bank Street and was selected by NPR for its Backseat Book Club.

He is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. It was a great place to grow up (to the extent that he did), falling out of trees, shooting BB guns at soda cans (and his brother), and kicking field goals for his high school football team.


Dianne K. Salerni

Dianne K. Salerni

Dianne K. Salerni is the author of The Eighth Day, released in 2014 to critical acclaim and is the first in a series about a secret day of the week tied to Arthurian legend. The adventure continues in the second book of the series, The Inquisitor's Mark, and Book 3, The Morrigan's Curse. She is also the author of the young adult historical novel The Caged Graves, published by Clarion. 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.

Kim Savage

Kim Savage

 

Kim Savage is a former reporter who received her Master's degree in Journalism with honors from Northeastern University. She worked as a business journalist, pitching story ideas along the lines of "When Murder Kills Property Values." You get the idea. Her novel, After the Woods, is a psychological thriller for young adults published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. Her second novel, Beautiful Broken Girls, releases in 2017. Kim's short stories, audio stories, and flash fiction have been in The Drum Literary Magazine, Six Minute Magazine, Trapeze Magazine, and Red Fez. Kim is a member of two debut author groups, the Freshman Fifteen and the Sweet Sixteens, the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Grub Street Inc. She also works closely with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which seeks a cure for Type 1 diabetes, and mentors teen writers through programs at local public and private schools.

Kim lives in Winchester, Massachusetts, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Born directionally challenged, the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to her skin. She and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn't.

You can follow Kim on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter, and visit her at kimsavage.me After the Woods is her debut novel.

 

Susan Maupin Schmid

Susan Maupin Schmid

Susan Maupin Schmid writes in a little blue office in Iowa. The first book in her fantasy trilogy, If the Magic Fits, will be published by Random House in October 2016. She has a particular weakness for good coffee, good books, and beautiful dresses. Her closet doesn't contain a hundred dresses - yet - but someday it will. To find out more, visit SusanMaupinSchmid.com and follow her on Twitter at @maupinschmid

 

Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com or on Twitter @lisa_schroeder .


Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is the critically acclaimed author of eight books including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, Hear the Wolves, Violet Grenade, and the Dante Walker trilogy. Her most recent release, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood was nominated as a YALSA Teens' Top 10 book of 2015. Victoria's novels are sold in thirteen different countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.


Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan

 

Trisha Speed Shaskan was born in Winona, Minnesota, a Mississippi River valley town, where she soon became fond of spelling "M-i-ss-i-ss-i-pp-i!" In second grade, she won 2nd place in the Spelling Bee and she received the embossed dictionary to prove it! Trisha enjoyed words, stories, and writing, which became life-long interests. But she also played basketball at the park, caught tadpoles in the creek, and skateboarded across town. Today, Trisha still loves words and exploring, both of which contribute to her passion for writing children's books, literature, teaching, and youth work. She has spent twenty years working with children and teens both in and out of school as an educator, youth worker, and literacy coach. She has taught storytelling or creative writing to students at every level from kindergarten to graduate school. Currently, Trisha teaches writing classes to children at The Loft Literary Center. Trisha has written over thirty books for children. She received her MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Trisha lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband Stephen Shaskan, who illustrated the picture book Trisha wrote, Punk Skunks. Trisha and Stephen enjoy the company of their cat Eartha, and their dog, Bea.


Andrew Shvarts

Andrew Shvarts

 

Andrew Shvarts is a Russian-born YA writer, living in San Jose, California. He spends his days designing videogames at Pixelberry Studios and his nights playing board games or making growling noises while chasing his 1-year-old around. His debut fantasy will be published by Hyperion in 2017.

 

 

Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy has written twelve novels for young adults and young readers, including Lost It, Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus, Too Cool for This School, Hung Up, and Project UnPopular. She grew up in a small town in Idaho, near Yellowstone Park, where she learned a tremendous amount about bears. She has an M.A. in American Literature from Brigham Young University, an M.F.A. in poetry from Vermont College, and a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University. At one time in her life she was a college professor and aerobics instructor. At another time she was a volunteer gardener on Alcatraz and aspiring bird docent. Now she makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband Brian Evenson and their young son.

 

Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees was born and raised in New Mexico. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre as well as fellowships from Houston Arts Alliance and Rice University, where he served as Visiting Writer in Residence. Coert is the author of the novels The Brothers Torres (2009 ALA Top Ten best Books for Young Adults) Lucky Fools (2012 Junior Library Guild Selection), In Too Deep (2013 Junior Library Guild Selection), and On The Free (Forthcoming 2017). He is the founding Mayor of Grammaropolis, and his books for children include the Meet the Parts of Speech series and Storm Wrangler. Coert lives with his family in Houston.

 

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.


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, Utopia, was published by Candlewick. He's the author of four previous YA novels: Wonders of the World, My Road Trip to The Pretty Girl Capital of the World, Alien Invasion and the sequel, Homicidal Aliens. He also writes stories and novels for adults.

 

 

Sara Crowe, Literary Agent with Harvey Klinger, Inc