LISA AMOWITZ was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA–probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
Her first book, Breaking Glass, was released by Spencer Hill Press in 2013, and she has three more novels scheduled for release: Vision, the first of the Finder series in May 2014, its unnamed sequel in 2015, and Life and Beth in Spring of 2015. She can be found online at: http://lisa-amowitzya.blogspot.com
NIKKI ARCHER lives in New England, and drops her R’s when she talks. She divides her life into Baseball Season and Hockey Season. She likes tattoos (a little too much), and hates socks. She can talk about music for weeks on end. Her iTunes has something in the ballpark of 9,000 songs. You can usually find her on her motorcycle or hiking during nice weather. Otherwise, she’s attached to her laptop, alternately working on her Master’s degree and her next book. Her YA debut EXIT WOUNDS will release from Tulip Publishing in 2017. To find out more about her, visit her website, www.NikkiArcher.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter (@Nikki_Archer).
Jennifer L. Armentrout
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. She also writes Adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
You can connect with Jennifer at her web site at www.jenniferarmentrout.com, follow her on Twitter or at her Facebook page.
MARNI BATES wrote her first full-length manuscript in high school, and was hired at age 19 to write her memoir, Marni, for HCI’s Louder Than Words series (selected by the New York Public Library for their Stuff for the Teen Age List). Her debut novel, Awkward, was optioned by The Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie. She has five published novels in her Smith High School series, which have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, and French. Her latest novel, DIAL EM FOR MURDER is forthcoming from Merit Press in summer 2016.
TRACY BILEN is the author of What She Left Behind, published by Simon Pulse. She is a high school French and Spanish teacher in Michigan where she lives with her husband and two children. Before moving to Michigan, Tracy taught at a high school ski academy in Vermont (Spanish, not skiing!). She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught English in Strasbourg, France. She loves hiking, skiing, and red velvet cake. You can find her on the web at www.tracybilen.com
DUSTI BOWLING grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. But it wasn’t until after starting down a couple of different career paths that Dusti realized her true passion was writing. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.
Dusti’s debut middle grade novel INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS will be released in 2017 by Sterling Children’s Books. Follow her on Twitter @Dusti_Bowling.
HAYLEY CHEWINS grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learned to read by accident. The second eldest of four daughters, she sang incessantly as a child. So incessantly, in fact, that she was sent to lessons twice a week in the interests of household peace. Hayley studied classical voice for a year before switching to a degree in English Literature and Italian. Since then, she’s collected an odd array of qualifications—including an LLB from the same law school that Nelson Mandela attended. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a house full of art and music and color, with her husband, a small poodle, and a husky that moonlights as an escape artist. She believes in two things above all else: the magic of love, and the heroism of sisters. Her debut novel, THE TURNAWAY GIRLS, will release from Candlewick in fall 2018.
Frank L. Cole
FRANK L. COLE was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot.
Frank is the author of the middle-grade novels THE AFTERLIFE ACADEMY (Delacorte/Random House 2015) and THE WORLD’S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE (Delacorte/Random House, forthcoming in 2016), as well as seven other children’s books including the ADVENTURE’S OF HASHBROWN WINTERS series and the GUARDIAN series. An active promoter of reading, he has spoken to over 45,000 children across the country on the theme of “Exercising Your Imagination.” You can read more about Frank at: http://franklewiscole.blogspot.com
TARA CROWL grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She attended the University of Southern California, where she received a BA in Cinematic Arts. After working in Hollywood for two years, she resurrected her childhood dream of writing books and left LA for Sydney, Australia. There, she completed a Master’s program in Creative Writing at Macquarie University. She now lives and writes in New York City. Tara’s debut middle-grade novel, EDEN OF THE LAMP, was published by Disney-Hyperion in 2015. Its sequel will follow in 2016.
JULIA DAY was born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, and now calls North Carolina her home. She has two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing stories or software, she’s traveling to distant places or watching dance reality shows on TV.
The Possibility of Somewhere (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) is Julia’s first YA contemporary romance. She also writes YA paranormal as Elizabeth Langston.
MARGARET DILLOWAY is the internationally published author of critically acclaimed middle grade and women’s fiction novels. Her Momotaro middle grad fantasy series (Disney-Hyperion) is about a contemporary half-Japanese boy who finds he’s the legendary warrior tasked with fighting the oni, monsters who cause all strife and natural disasters in the human world, and must learn how to use his new powers with the help of his friends. The first book, Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters, won the American Library Association’s Asian/Pacific Islander Honor Award, and has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox Animation. The sequel, Xander and the Dream Thief, released in 2017.
Margaret is also the Senior Copywriter/Social Media Manager at California Western School of Law, working on stories about social justice and public service; and sits on the board of San Diego Writers, Ink, where she sometimes teaches. She lives in San Diego with her husband, three kids, and a fluffy Goldendoodle named Gatsby, who co-stars in the Momotaro series.
An Olympic-bound gymnast during her teen years, BRITTANY GERAGOTELIS always thought she’d see her name in print one day. That dream came through as a magazine editor, where she had the chance to interview celebrities like Dakota Fanning, Miley Cyrus and Jamie Foxx, as well as cover teen books in her review section. Though she’s now a full-time writer, she also pens the blog Brittany the Book Slayer as well as produces and stars in author videos for her YouTube channel. After publishing her first book, Life’s a Witch, on the community writing site Wattpad and receiving nearly 18 million reads of the paranormal action romance, she landed a 3-book deal, at auction, with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. A self-professed pop-culture junkie, Brittany currently lives in NYC with her boyfriend and two cats, Murray and Cohen.
Watty Award winning author ALISON GERVAIS is a current undergraduate student at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. If she’s not writing or studying for classes, she can be found re-reading Harry Potter, watching Supernatural, or trying to win the affection of her cats.
Her debut YA contemporary novel, IN 27 DAYS, which has garnered over 15 million reads on WattPad, will be released from HarperCollins/Blink in the summer of 2017.
Michelle Dominguez Greene
A native Angelino, MICHELE DOMINGUEZ GREENE attended USC, studying theatre and creative writing. She began writing short stories, screenplays and magazine articles with features in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Animal Wellness among others. Eventually she got up the nerve to try her hand at her favorite form, the novel. Her debut young adult novel, Chasing The Jaguar (HarperCollins), has been nominated for an American Library Association award and is included on reading lists for teens around the country. Her next novel was Keep Sweet (Simon & Schuster 2010). She continues to have a very successful career as an actress, having appeared in the NBC series L.A. Law and numerous television and independent movies. She has been seen recently on The Unit, Cold Case, Brothers and Sisters among other top rated series. Michele resides in Los Angeles, CA. Visit www.michelegreene.com.
A. R. IVANOVICH is the bestselling author of YA steampunk series, The War of Princes.
A. R. enjoys being swallowed by forests, sleeping on lakes, and watching the sky. Her passion for writing about other worlds is accompanied by a love of artwork, video games, horseback riding, medieval weaponry, and the culinary perfection behind a well balanced plate of nachos. She was raised in Hawaii, where she once again resides, with her husband and their extensive family of rescue pets.
For more information, maps and other goodies, visit her online at arivanovich.com.
CHRISTINA JUNE writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives with her husband and the world’s most rambunctious five-year-old. Her debut YA novel IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will release from Blink/HarperCollins in 2017.
USA Today Bestselling author TIFFANY KING is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
Tiffany’s YA psychological thriller LOSING LEAH will release from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan in Winter 2018.
CAYLA KLUVER lives in Wisconsin, where only the hardy survive, with her family and her muse (Nina, her cat). Her debut young adult trilogy, Legacy, Allegiance, and Sacrifice, was published by Harlequin Teen and combines mystery, romance, and warring Kingdoms within the context of the Medieval period. Legacy garnered numerous positive industry reviews, and was also honored by the Reader Views Literary Awards, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, the National Best Books Awards, and the Young Voices Foundation. Her most recent novels are the Heirs of Chrior series, also published by Harlequin Teen.
In addition to writing, Cayla enjoys such activities as singing, theatre, horseback riding, and hanging out with friends and family. Visit http://www.caylakluver.com.
TRISHA LEAVER resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. She spent most of her childhood living inside her own mind, creating characters and stories that only a child’s imagination could dream up. Today, she breathes life into those characters, writing realistic fiction for young adults.
She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. Today, Trisha is a free-lance editor and a proud member of the SCBWI and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. Although she has officially hung up her hat as “Social Worker,” she still finds the time to advise and counsel local youth.
Trisha is the author of the YA contemporary novel THE SECRETS WE KEEP (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan, 2015); the co-author of the YA novels SWEET MADNESS (Merit Press, 2015), HARDWIRED (Flux, 2015) and CREED (Flux, 2014); and a contributor to the YA anthology I SEE REALITY (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan, 2016).
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. Her books Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits have been selected for the 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program.
Mary lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.
She loves to connect with readers and can be found at www.marylindsey.com and on Twitter at @MaryL_MarissaC
JENNIE LIU is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Having been brought up with an ear to two cultures, she has been fascinated by the attitudes, social policies, and changes in China each time she visits. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and two boys.
Jennie’s debut, GIRLS ON THE LINE, a young adult novel, is forthcoming from Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner in 2018. You can follow her on Twitter @starnesliu.
MARY MCCOY is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library and the author of DEAD TO ME (Disney-Hyperion). Mary grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Her second novel, CAMP SO AND SO, will be published by Carolrhoda Lab in spring 2017, and her third novel I, CLAUDIA will follow in fall 2018.
JAIME QUESTELL grew up in Houston, Texas, where she escaped the heat and humidity by diving into stacks of Baby Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High books. She has been a book seller (fair warning: book lovers who become book sellers will give half their paychecks right back to their employers), a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and now works as a graphic designer in addition to writing. Currently, she lives in the suburbs with her family, one derpy dog, and one imperious cat. If she had her way, she’d have an army of corgis, like the Queen of England. Her debut YA contemporary fantasy BY A CHARM AND A CURSE will release from Entangled Teen in 2018.
A native New Yorker, MELISSA ROSKE is a writer of contemporary middle-grade fiction. Her debut novel, Kat Greene Comes Clean, will be released by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2017.
Before spending her days with imaginary people, Melissa interviewed real ones, as a magazine journalist based in Europe. British pop stars; Aussie soap actors; Belgian politicians… no one was safe from Melissa’s nosy questions. Her nosiness reached new heights in London, when she was given her own advice column in the now-defunct teen magazine, J17. Her column, “Life Sucks,” in which she answered hundreds of letters from readers each week, enjoyed a loyal – if somewhat confused – following.
Upon returning to the Big Apple, Melissa switched gears and trained as a life coach at New York University. It was rewarding to help her clients achieve their goals, but Melissa soon realized she wanted go after hers, too: to write a novel. So, she hired her own life coach and started hitting the keyboard, hard. Melissa hasn’t stopped since, as her patient husband and daughter can attest.
A member of SCBWI, Melissa is partial to strawberry Twizzlers; doesn’t understand Crocs (OK, who does?); and has read her favorite novel, Harriet the Spy, more times than she is old. You do the math.
Visit Melissa’s website at http://www.melissaroske.com.
KRISTI WIENTGE is originally from Ohio where she grew up writing stories about animals and, her favorite, a jet-setting mouse. After studying to become a teacher for children with special needs, she spent several years exploring the world from China to England, teaching her students everything from English to how to flip their eyelids inside out before finally calling Singapore home. Now, all her adventures revolve around her four children and within the contemporary MG books she writes. Her debut middle grade novel KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE will release from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers in summer 2017.