OLIVIA ABTAHI is a film director and writer based in Denver, Colorado. Born to an Iranian father and an Argentine mother, she is a melting pot of distinct cultures. Olivia holds a BFA from NYU's School for Film and Television, as well as a Masters in advertising from VCU Brandcenter. Her debut, PERFECTLY PARVIN, is forthcoming.
JILL ALEXANDER taught high school English and Spanish before becoming a writer full-time. She is the author of THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY, and most recently PARADISE, a YA novel, in which a fifteen-year-old drummer's world is turned upside down when an accordion-playing bad boy nails the audition to be frontman of her band and challenges all of her beliefs and her boundaries, while she also tries to keep her rockin' life a secret from her overbearing and disapproving mother.
MICHELLE ANDREANI is a liker of pajamas, happily ever afters, and all milkshakes. She co-wrote the forthcoming THE WAY BACK TO YOU with Mindi Scott.
JOËLLE ANTHONY is a writer of young adult fiction and the author of RESTORING HARMONY and THE RIGHT AND THE REAL. Under the pseudonym, J.M. KELLY, she published the YA novel, SPEED OF LIFE, about twin sisters trying to find their own identity after one has a baby and the other is accepted to a college. She also teaches writing workshops for both young writers and adults.
KIM ANTIEAU received her M.L.S. degree from the University of Arizona in 1987, and she has both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Eastern University. She is the author of three novels and more than 20 stories, including the recent COYOTE COWGIRL. She is the author of two critically-acclaimed young adult novels, MERCY, UNBOUND and BROKEN MOON. She is currently at work on another book for teens, RUBY'S IMAGINE, about a young girl's adventure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
KATIE ASHLEY is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She has penned eighteen titles from Contemporary Romance to New and Young Adult. She loves writing strong, sassy women who love taming the bad boys. While initially an Indie author, she also has a traditionally published series, Vicious Cycle, with Penguin. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
BRODI ASHTON received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Utah and a M.A. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She is the author of YA novel EVERNEATH, which follows Nikki as she is given six months to be with her family and boyfriend before she’s taken away to the immortal world of Everneath, and its sequels EVERBOUND, the novella NEVERFALL, and EVERTRUE. Her newest YA novels are DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY and MY LADY JANE, with MY PLAIN JANE and MY CALAMITY JANE to follow.
KEN BAKER is the E! Chief News Correspondent, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a former hockey player for Colgate University. He is the author of MAN MADE, which chronicles his battle with a brain tumor that, over a period of 10 years, gradually sapped his masculinity; THEY DON’T PLAY HOCKEY IN HEAVEN, which describes the season he spent playing hockey for a minor league team; FANGIRL, his first YA novel, about a girl who meets and falls for the pop star she idolizes; and HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE, a YA novel following a girl who loses weight and becomes famous at the price of losing herself. He is also the co-author with Olympic Gold medalist Scott Hamilton of THE GREAT EIGHT: HOW TO BE HAPPY (EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE MISERABLE). His lastest book is the YA novel FINDING FOREVER, about a teen celebrity blogger-turned-sleuth. He is currently at work on a new nonfiction project for adults, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH ME.
EMMA BERNAY has written a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for children and young adults. She has worked on projects with American Girl Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Sterling Publishing, Capstone, Rosen, MTV Books, and Alloy Entertainment, among others. She is the author of the YA thrillers STILL WATERS and NEVER LET YOU GO.
LIVIA BLACKBURNE is a neuroscientist conducting research on the neural correlates of reading. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of MIDNIGHT THIEF and its sequel DAUGHTER OF DUSK as well as the YA duology ROSEMARKED and UMBERTOUCHED. Her debut picture book, I DREAM OF POPO is forthcoming.
BRYAN BLISS is the author of WE’LL FLY AWAY, MEET ME HERE, and NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES. He holds master’s degrees in theology and fiction and—shockingly—found a professional job that allows him to use both of those degrees. His political philosophy degree, however, is still underutilized. His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal, along with various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife and two children, both of whom wish he wrote books about dragons. Or wizards. WE’LL FLY AWAY, his most recent book, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. http://bryanbliss.com/
KATE BOORMAN has a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. She was born in Nepal and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of WINTERKILL, a YA novel about a town shrouded in dangerous woodlands and dark secrets and the one girl who has the courage to fight against it all, and its sequels DARKTHAW and HEARTFIRE. She is at work on her latest novel for young adults, THE REMAINS.
TANYA BOTEJU is an English teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). She believes feminism, diversity, committed educators, sassy students, and hot mugs of tea will save the day. Tanya may have been a drag king in her well-spent youth and knows that the queer community is full of magic and wonder, a subject lovingly explored in her debut KINGS, QUEENS AND IN-BETWEENS.
Z BREWER is the author (writing under the name Heather Brewer) of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling series The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, about a half-boy, half-vampire, and its spin-off series, The Slayer Chronicles, as well as the YA fantasy, SOULBOUND. Z’s other novels include CEMETERY BOYS, about the darkness that lurks under the quaint veneer of a small town, and THE BLOOD BETWEEN US, following two rivaling siblings trying to unveil the mystery of the accident that killed their parents. Z’s most recent book is MADNESS, about a girl who believes she’s beyond saving, until she realizes the only person who can save her is herself. They are currently at work on their next novel for young adults. Z is also a tireless anti-bullying advocate and lecturer.
STEVE BREZENOFF is the author of young adult novels THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1; BROOKLYN, BURNING; and GUY IN REAL LIFE, the modern love story of two teens, their obsession with role-playing games, and their desperate need for real interaction. Steve has also written many chapter books for young readers. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.
JESSICA BRODY began her career working at MGM Studios before leaving to pursue life as a published author. She is the author of two novels for adults, THE FIDELITY FILES and LOVE UNDER COVER, and several novels for young adults—THE KARMA CLUB, MY LIFE UNDECIDED, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER, the Unremembered trilogy, A WEEK OF MONDAYS, IN SOME OTHER LIFE, THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL, and THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS. Most recently in the YA space, she collaborated with Joanne Rendell on SKY WITHOUT STARS. She is also the author of middle-grade novels ADDIE BELL’S SHORTCUT TO LIFE and BETTER YOU THAN ME and has written extensively for Disney’s The Descendants and LEGO Princess series. She is also the author of the writing guide SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL.
TODD DAVID BROWN is the author of ENTRIES FROM A HOT PINK NOTEBOOK, a superb first novel about a gay high school kid coming of age in a blue-collar town in Maine.
KYM BRUNNER is the author of the paranormal YA Bonnie-and-Clyde thriller WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE and the forthcoming FLIP THE BIRD.
Since graduating Loyola Marymount University, HEATHER BUCHTA has been a nanny, inner city English teacher, youth pastor, soccer coach, tutor, airport ramp agent, writer, and Spartan athlete, but if you ask her what she “is,” she’ll answer “whatever God wants me to be.” She loves writing alongside a good whiskey, singing loudly and poorly in the car, and walking her beach community, where she will stop and pet every dog she sees. She’s not a fan of peas, non-blinker-lane-switching, and that guy next to her who took his shoes off in the plane. She’s working on her first novel, about a teenager navigating the waters of surfing, sex, and avoiding them both when there’s nothing she wants more.
DEB CALETTI is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include STAY, THE LAST FOREVER, ESSENTIAL MAPS FOR THE LOST, and HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART, winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include HE’S GONE, and THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS and WHAT’S BECOME OF HER. She is currently working on her next book for young adults, A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD. She lives with her family in Seattle.
PREETI CHHIBBER has spent her life being a fan of being a fan. Hailing from Florida, she spent a decade working in children's publishing in New York before leaving to pursue writing full time. She's written for SYFY, BookRiot, BookRiot Comics, The Nerds of Color, and The Mary Sue, among others. Her short story, "Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers" was published in the anthology A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS (HarperCollins, 2018). You can find her co-hosting the podcasts Desi Geek Girls and Strong Female Characters (SYFYWire). She's appeared on several panels at New York Comic-Con, San Diego Comic-Con, and on screen on the SYFY Network. Honestly, you probably recognize her from one of several BuzzFeed "look at these tweets" Twitter lists. She usually spends her time reading a ridiculous amount of Young Adult but is also ready to jump into most fandoms at a moment's notice. WEBSITE: https://www.preetichhibber.com/
TRACY CLARK was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Her debut YA novel, SCINTILLATE, is a metaphysical romance and is followed by two sequels: DEVIATE and ILLUMINATE. Her latest YA novel is MIRAGE.
JAY COLES is a young adult and middle grade writer, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing music for various music publishers. Jay’s young adult debut TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE is about a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother goes missing, inspired by events from the author’s life and the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s currently at work on a second YA novel, UNTIL YOU CAME BACK. His short stories appear in the anthologies BLACK ENOUGH, edited by Ibi Zoboi, and HUNGRY HEARTS, edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Richmond. jaycoleswrites.com
PAT LOWERY COLLINS is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, artist, and an instructor at Lesley University’s MFA program in creative writing. Her children’s books include I AM AN ARTIST; SIGNS AND WONDERS; and THE FATTENING HUT, a young adult novel in free verse. She is also the author of the YA novels HIDDEN VOICES, set at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, a convent orphanage at which Vivaldi taught violin, and DAUGHTER OF WINTER. Her most recent picture book is called THE DEER WATCH.
JENN COOKSEY is the author of the bestselling Grab Your Pole series, a 6-book, contemporary, mature young adult series chronicling the high school years of a teenage girl, her friends, and her sister., The first book in the series is SHARK BAIT.
LAURA CREEDLE lives in Austin, TX, and writes about her experiences as an ADHD writer at www.lauracreedle.com. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is her debut novel.
NYRAE DAWN is the author of the wildly successful New Adult series The Games, which began with CHARADE. She is also the author of numerous popular YA books including WHAT A BOY WANTS and, with Jolene Perry, DIZZY and OUT OF PLAY. Some of her more recent titles include SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL and RUSH. nyraedawn.com
MASON DEAVER is a non-binary author and librarian in North Carolina where the word ‘y’all’ is used in abundance. When they aren’t writing or working, they’re typically found in their kitchen baking something that’s bad for them or out in their garden complaining about the toad that likes to dig holes around their hydrangeas. Their debut novel is I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, and they will have an essay in the upcoming anthology, THE F WORD, edited by Angie Manfredi.
S.L. DUNCAN is an attorney by day, writer by night. He is the author of the YA trilogy THE REVELATION SAGA. He lives in Birmingham, AL.
ANNE ELIOT is the author of the How I Fall two-book series and the bestselling, young adult romances, ALMOST and UNMAKING HUNTER KENNEDY. She's devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves.
SARA WILSON ETIENNE lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. Sara’s debut novel is THE HARBINGER, which follows a teenage girl who has visions of the future and is sent against her will to the prison-like Holbrook Academy to be cured. Sara recently published her second novel, a fantasy for young adults, LOTUS AND THORN, about a young woman navigating through a plague-torn world.
GAYLE FORMAN is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author of IF I STAY, a heartbreakingly beautiful story about a girl’s choice in the face of life and death, and its sequel WHERE SHE WENT. IF I STAY was released as a major motion picture in 2014. Her other works include JUST ONE DAY and its New York Times bestselling sequel, JUST ONE YEAR. Her latest YA novel, I WAS HERE, is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Indiebound bestseller. Her first adult novel, LEAVE ME, was published to much acclaim and was an IndieNext bestseller. Her most recent YA novel is I HAVE LOST MY WAY, a New York Times bestseller about three teens grappling with extraordinary personal losses, whose fates become intertwined after an accident in Central Park. While continuing to write for adults and young adults, Gayle resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughters.
K.R. GADDY lives and writes in Baltimore, MD. She is the author of FLOWERS IN THE GUTTER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EDELWEISS PIRATES.
ERIC GANSWORTH Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, (Onondaga, Eel Clan) is a writer and visual artist, who was born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. His books include the novels MENDING SKINS (Pen Oakland Award) and EXTRA INDIANS (American Book Award, NAISA Book of the Year); the young adult novels: GIVE ME SOME TRUTH and IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE and the collection of poems and painting A HALF-LIFE OF CARDIO-PULMONARY FUNCTION. e is a Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. In 2016, he was an NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. He was selected for inclusion in LIT CITY, a public arts project featuring banners of 15 writers celebrating Buffalo’s Literary Legacy. His work has been supported by the National Book Critics Circle, the Lannan Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arne Nixon Center, the Virginia Piper Center, and The Seaside Institute among other institutions. His work has appeared in POETRY, The Kenyon Review, The Cream City Review, The Boston Review, Provincetown Arts, Shenandoah, Third Coast, Many Mountains Moving among other journals and has been widely anthologized.
ABBI GLINES is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous YA and New Adult series, including THE VINCENT BOYS and THE VINCENT BROTHERS, the paranormal Existence series, and the contemporary romance series Sea Breeze (which starts with BREATHE) and Rosemary Beach (which begins with FALLEN TOO FAR). A brand new YA series, The Field Party is forthcoming from Simon Pulse.
BETHANY GRIFFIN is the author of the young adult duology, THE MASQUE OF RED DEATH and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, re-imaginings of the Poe story of the same name. She is also the author of the YA novel HANDCUFFS, and her most recent book is THE FALL. Bethany lives in Kentucky, where she teaches high school English.
ALISSA GROSSO is a former newspaper editor turned children’s librarian whose novels for teens include POPULAR, FEROCITY SUMMER, and SHALLOW POND.
A.J. HARTLEY is the Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also a screenwriter, theatre director and dramaturg. Despite his background in academia, he is a prolific commercial fiction writer, and his first novel, an international thriller entitled THE MASK OF ATREUS, was sold in over 12 countries, and became a USA Today bestseller. He is also the author of ON THE FIFTH DAY, which hit the New York Times bestseller list, WHAT TIME DEVOURS, and the SEKRET MACHINES and CATHEDRALS OF GLASS trilogies with Tom DeLonge. He is also the author of two fantasy novels, ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER, were published as hardcover originals and ACT OF WILL received a starred PW review. He is the author of a 3-book middle grade series, DARWEN ARKWRIGHT. His first YA is STEEPLEJACK, a rich atmospheric novel about a young girl who climbs the tall towers in a land resembling Victorian Africa, which will be followed by two more novels in the series.
AARON HARTZLER is an actor, writer, essayist, and stand-up comic. Aaron is the author of the YA memoir RAPTURE PRACTICE, about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian home while questioning one’s faith and sexuality. His most recent novel, WHAT WE SAW, follows the chilling reaction of a small town after a group of teenagers commit a crime. Aaron is currently at work on a another YA novel, TWITCH.
JEAN HAUS is the author of the bestselling, originally self-published novel IN THE BAND, book one in the Luminescent Juliet series, about a girl who has only ever played in her high school marching band who becomes a rock goddess as the drummer for a local group. She is also the author of a number of self-published young adult and paranormal novels and novellas.
MARK HENRY has survived earthquakes, typhoons, and two volcanic eruptions. Surprisingly still alive, he is also the author of the over-the-top and hysterical zombie comedy HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED and its sequels, ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD and BATTLE OF THE NETWORK ZOMBIES. His first book for young adults, set in Purgatory, is VELVETEEN.
GEOFF HERBACH made his young adult debut was the award-winning STUPID FAST which led to two sequels, THE WHOLE WARM WORLD; and I’M WITH STUPID. He is also the author of FAT GIRL VS. THE CHEERLEADERS, ANYTHING YOU WANT, HOOPER, STRANGE TIMES: THE GHOST IN THE GIRL (with Tom Delonge), and the forthcoming CRACKING THE BELL. His work also includes the adult novel THE MIRACLE LETTERS OF T. RIMBERG and the picture book HAIR-POCALYPSE.
ZACH HINES is a novelist and screenwriter. Originally from West Virginia, he was based in Hong Kong, where for over ten years he worked as a journalist. He now lives in Los Angeles. NINE is his debut novel.
KIM HOLDEN is the New Adult and YA author of ALL OF IT and BRIGHT SIDE. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and son.
COLLEEN HOOVER is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of SLAMMED, which incorporates visceral slam poetry into a story about a high school student who falls in love with the one guy who is off-limits. Her most recent work includes CONFESS, which is currently in production with Awestruck and will be premiering as a series on go90, UGLY LOVE, NOVEMBER 9, and IT ENDS WITH US. She is currently at work on two forthcoming novels. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and three boys and is always hard at work on more New Adult romances.
JUNE HUR studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto, and currently works for the Toronto Public Library. She is the author of TEN THOUSAND RIVERS, a debut YA mystery set in Korea in the 1800s, where a sixteen-year-old indentured to the police bureau takes a murder investigation into her own hands, delving deep into a restless city swirling with intrigue and secrets, where honor often comes before justice.
LYDIA KANG made her debut with the speculative YA science-fiction book CONTROL, which she followed with a sequel, CATALYST, both published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Her next YA novel, THE NOVEMBER GIRL, will be published in 2017 by Entangled, and she is collaborating with Nate Pedersen on QUACKERY for Workman, also set for 2017 release. She is a practicing physician in addition to being a novelist.
J.M. KELLY is the author of the forthcoming YA novel SPEED OF LIFE, about twin sisters trying to find their own identity after one has a baby and the other is accepted to a college. She is also an actor and arts publicist, born and raised in Portland, Oregon.
MIRANDA KENNEALLY grew up in Tennessee dreaming of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!) or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. She is the author of COMING UP FOR AIR, DEFENDING TAYLOR; BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE; RACING SAVANNAH; THINGS I CAN’T FORGET; STEALING PARKER; CATCHING JORDAN; and the forthcoming FOUR DAYS IN MAY.
A.S. KING is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of young adult fiction. Her first YA novel, THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Indie Next pick, and a Cybil award finalist. She is also the author of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book for Teens 2010, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick; EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, which received six starred reviews, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten pick, and a Junior Library Guild Selection; ASK THE PASSENGERS, which received six starred reviews and won the LA Times Book Prize; and REALITY BOY, recipient of five starred reviews. GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is her widely acclaimed YA novel, which has also received six starred reviews, a rave in the New York Times Book Review, and was on the Best Book of 2014 lists from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Bookpage, Boston Globe, and the New York Public Library. Her latest novels I CRAWL THROUGH IT, another six-starred reviewed YA novel, and STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO, have achieved vast critical acclaim. Her most recent novel under her full name, Amy Sarig King, is also her first middle grade novel, ME AND MARVIN GARDENS.
STEPHANIE KUEHN is the author of the 2014 William C. Morris Award-winning CHARM & STRANGE, about a boy with a dark secret who has perfected shutting people out, until the truth of who he really is comes to light as he forms an unexpected friendship with a girl with secrets of her own. Her second novel is the critically-acclaimed COMPLICIT, a YA psychological thriller about a boy who’s forced to deal with his past when his troubled sister comes back to town. She has also authored two other critically acclaimed YA novels, DELICATE MONSTERS and THE SMALLER EVIL. Her most recent novel, WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU, is about a high school camping trip that turns deadly, told as a confession from one of the survivors.
VICTORIA LAURIE is a professional psychic intuitive who lives in Michigan. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, the Psychic Eye mysteries about professional intuitive Abby Cooper in which she has already published more than a dozen novels, and the Ghost Hunter series about M. J. Holliday which wrapped up in early 2016. Her next adult mystery spins off from both of those series and launches this Fall with COACHED TO DEATH. She is also the author of a historical fantasy series for a middle grade audience, THE ORACLES OF DELPHI KEEP and the YA thrillers WHEN and FOREVER, AGAIN.
LOAN LE is an editor with Atria Publishing and author of a forthcoming YA rom-com, which will be published by Simon Pulse in Fall 2020. She has her MFA degree in fiction writing from Fairfield University, where she also earned her bachelor’s in journalism.
MEG LEDER is a book editor for a major New York publisher. She and her writing partner, Rachel Kempster, are the authors of THE HAPPY BOOK, THE SECRET ME BOOK, THE YOU AND ME BOOK, and BIG ME, LITTLE YOU. Her debut YA novel, MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK, was published in Summer 2016, and she is working on her next YA novel, LETTING GO OF GRAVITY.
FONDA LEE is the multiple award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of the Green Bone Saga (Orbit), the EXO series (Scholastic), and ZEROBOXER (Flux).
GUS LEE is the author of CHINA BOY, the inaugural selection for San Francisco’s One City, One Book program, and its sequel, HONOR AND DUTY, as well as TIGER’S TAIL and NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. He is also the author of a memoir about his parents’ tumultuous relationship titled CHASING HEPBURN and COURAGE: THE BACKBONE OF LEADERSHIP, about fostering and sustaining courageous action in the business world. He is currently at work on his memoir WITH SCHWARZKOPF, which affectionately chronicles his relationship as a young cadet at West Point in the 1960s with mentor and lifelong friend, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
MALINDA LO is the critically acclaimed author of ASH, HUNTRESS, ADAPTATION, INHERITANCE, and A LINE IN THE DARK. ASH, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen. She lives with her partner in Massachusetts. www.malindalo.com
DEBORAH LYTTON is a writer, singer, an attorney and an actress who had a recurring role as Melissa Anderson on Days of Our Lives. She has appeared in many television shows and films, and has written articles for magazines including Fit Pregnancy. She is the author of the middle grade novel, JANE IN BLOOM, the young adult romantic drama SILENCE, and an upcoming middle grade series THE FICTIONAL AND SOMETIMES FABULOUS WORLD OF RUBY STARR.
CASSIE MAE is the author of several YA and New Adult series and novels including REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, HOW TO DATE A NERD and SWITCHED. A self-declared nerd, she likes to write about the offbeat, quirky characters that live within all of us. Cassie Mae’s forthcoming projects include the ALL ABOUT LOVE series, the MONEY BAGS series, and the SINGLED OUT series, about single dads who find love at the most unexpected time.
DANIEL MARKS writes young adult horror and fantasy, spends way too much time glued to the internet, and collects books obsessively. His debut novel for teens, VELVETEEN, is forthcoming.
JOY McCULLOUGH’s debut young adult novel BLOOD WATER PAINT earned honors such as the National Book Award longlist, finalist for the ALA Morris Award, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and four starred reviews. Her debut middle grade novel, A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST , is forthcoming in 2020. She writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She studied theater at Northwestern University, fell in love with her husband atop a Guatemalan volcano, and now spends her days surrounded by books and kids and chocolate.
NICOLE McINNES is the author of the contemporary young adult novel BRIANNA ON THE BRINK. Called “an author to watch” by Kirkus Reviews, Nicole is also a speaker and teacher living in northern Arizona.
LISA McMANN is the author of the New York Times bestselling Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds series, as well as stand-alone YA novels CRYER’S CROSS and DEAD TO YOU. Lisa’s other works include the Visions series, which follows a girl experiencing terrifying premonitions of an accident, and THE TRAP DOOR, the third book in the bestselling multi-author, multi-platform time-travel adventure Infinity Ring series. She is currently working on the Unwanteds spin-off series, and well as her newest middle grade series, Going Wild, about an advance technology that allows kids to harness the powers of animals.
KELLY MCWILLIAMS is a biracial writer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she lives with her partner, and is the bewildered parent of a toddler. She’s currently a staff writer at Romper, the millennial parenting site, where she reports on women’s health. In 2004, as a 15-year old, she published DOORMAT (Random House, 2004), a Junior Library Guild selection, and headed to Walnut Hill School for the Arts to finish high school among raucous theater majors. As an undergraduate at Brown University, she studied feminist literary criticism and began writing nonfiction. Her recent manuscript, AGNES AND THE END OF THE WORLD, benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books mentorship. She's lived in Arizona, Rhode Island, New York, and Hawaii, and is loving being back in the Southwest.
RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series. That series includes VAMPIRE ACADEMY; FROSTBITE; SHADOW KISS; BLOOD PROMISE; SPIRIT BOUND; and LAST SACRIFICE. BLOODLINES launched the bestselling spin-off of the Vampire Academy series. It was followed by THE GOLDEN LILY; THE INDIGO SPELL; THE FIERY HEART; and THE INDIGO SPELL; and THE RUBY CIRCLE. Her first novel, SUCCUBUS BLUES, featured a modern-day succubus living in Seattle who prefers her normal life to the alluring, shape-shifting life of legend and myth. The series continued with SUCCUBUS ON TOP; SUCCUBUS HEAT; SUCCUBUS DREAMS; SUCCUBUS HEAT; SUCCUBUS SHADOWS; and SUCCUBUS REVEALED. She is also the author of STORM BORN about a contemporary shaman who travels between worlds to save a kidnapped child. That series continued with THORN QUEEN; IRON CROWNED; and SHADOW HEIR. Her adult series, The Age of X, includes GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS and THE IMMORTAL CROWN. Her first ever standalone novel was the YA fantasy SOUNDLESS. And her latest series include THE GLITTERING COURT, MIDNIGHT JEWEL, and THE ENDLESS SEA.
TEHLOR KAY MEJIA is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. She is active in the Latinx lit community, and passionate about representation for marginalized teens in media. Her short fiction appears in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies from Inkyard Press, and her debut YA fantasy novel is WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, a sequel to which she is currently working on. Her middle grade fantasy debut, PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE DROWNED PLACE is also forthcoming.
CARRIE MESROBIAN is a writing teacher at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her debut novel, SEX & VIOLENCE, was a 2014 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist and Cybils Best Young Adult Fiction finalist. She is alos the author of YA novels PRETTY GOOD WHITE BOY and CUT BOTH WAYS, both of which received multiple starred reviews. Her most recent novel, JUST A GIRL, saw similar critical acclaim. She is currently working on her next young adult novel, THE HIDDEN NEEDLE.
JANELLE MILANES is a writer of YA and a teenager at heart living in Brooklyn, NY. Her debut novel is KNOWING VICTORIA, is forthcoming in September 2017.
SAUNDRA MITCHELL is a long-time screenwriter and author whose young adult debut was the gothic SHADOWED SUMMER. She is the author of THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, and THE ELEMENTALS and is currently at work on MISTWALKER. As Jessa Holbrooke, she is the author of the serialized novel WHILE YOU’RE AWAY. Her first two nonfiction titles launched the They Did What?! Series—50 UNBELIEVABLE WOMEN AND THEIR FASCINATING AND TRUE STORIES and 50 IMPRESSIVE KIDS AND THEIR AMAZING AND TRUE STORIES.
TOM MITCHELL is a full-time father, part-time writer. Growing up in the West Country, he settled in London after a brief interlude in the East Midlands. HOW TO ROB A BANK is his first novel, written during the school holidays of his teaching job. He can be found tweeting at @cakesthebrain and Medium-ing at https://medium.com/@tommycm.
CANDICE MONTGOMERY is a YA author, teacher, and classical dancer based on Seattle. She is the author of HOME AND AWAY and the forthcoming BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
ANTONIO PAGLIARULO is the author of the gritty young adult novel A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEAT, as well as The Celebutantes series, which includes ON THE AVENUE, IN THE CLUB and TO THE PENTHOUSE. He is at work on several new young adult novels. Under the pseudonym Anthony Paige he wrote ROCKING THE GODDESS, which explores the widespread practice of Wicca on college campuses, and AMERICAN WITCH, about the history of witchcraft in America.
DIANA PETERFREUND has published eight novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series, the Killer Unicorn series: RAMPANT, ASCENDENT, and ERRANT. Her other series, Stars, includes FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and ACROSS A STAR SWEPT SEA, a romantic science-fiction retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her lastest work is a series of middle grade adventure novels, the first of which is OMEGA CITY; the second book in the series is in the works.
Emily X.R. Pan currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi, and a 2019 Artist-in-Residency at Caldera. She spends her free time playing the mandolin, making art, and practicing and teaching yoga. Her New York Times bestselling YA novel, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, about a girl who enters a fantastical world to unlock the secrets of her family’s history, was an Indies Introduce debut pick for Winter/Spring 2018 and a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Find Emily on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan. exrpan.com
MARCY BELLER PAUL is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Her debut YA novel, UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING, is about an intoxicating and toxic relationship between friends.
JOLENE PERRY is the author of numerous books in the Young Adult and New Adult categories, as well as the Next Door Boys LDS trilogy. Her YA books include DIZZY and OUT OF PLAY, written with Nyrae Dawn; MY HEART FOR YOURS, written with Steph Campbell; and NIGHT SKY. Her NA titles include 10 WEEKS, written with Janna Watts, and several titles written as Mia Josephs. Her latest books include THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU and STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW.
AMY PLUM is an art historian by training and multiple hat-wearer in actuality (translator, university English teacher, writer). Amy spends her time in Paris, France, trying to figure out the motherhood thing while raising two children. She is the author of the DIE FOR ME series, a wonderfully inventive paranormal romantic thriller that centers around an American teenage girl who moves to France and falls in love with a dark and mysterious revenant named Vincent. She is also the author of the duology AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING, the first of which received a starred Publisher’s Weekly review. Her next duology is the YA horror DREAMFALL.
GAE POLISNER is the author of the award-winning YA debut THE PULL OF GRAVITY, THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO, THE MEMORY OF THINGS, and IN SIGHT OF STARS. Her next YA, JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME is forthcoming. Her middle grade debut, a collaboration with Nora Raleigh Baskin, is also forthcoming.
ANNA PRIEMAZA is a contemporary young adult author and a practicing family and immigration lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. Her debut novel, KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD is about two teens who meet working on a science fair project and form the first real friendship either has ever had by bonding over panic attacks, ADHD, and their mutual obsession with a YouTube star whose channel is dedicated to their favorite video game. Her second book is FAN THE FAME, a feminist YA take on fandom, accountability, and doing the right thing. Even when it hurts. annapriemaza.com
AMY REED was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. She is the author of the YA novels BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN, CRAZY, OVER YOU, DAMAGED, INVINCIBLE, UNFORGIVABLE, and THE NOWHERE GIRLS, and her work is included in the anthology OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES. Her upcoming book for teens, THE BOY AND GIRL WHO BROKE THE WORLD, is a beautifully surreal story about a friendship between two teens that just might shake the earth around them. After thirteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now resides in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and dog. WEBSITE: https://www.amyreedfiction.com/
JEWELL PARKER RHODES is the author of the modern classic VOODOO DREAMS, a novel about famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as well as VOODOO SEASON, YELLOW MOON, and HURRICANE: A NOVEL, which follow Marie Laveau’s modern day descendant. She is also the author of MAGIC CITY, a novel about the race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the early 20th century. DOUGLASS’ WOMEN is a fictional account of Frederick Douglass and the two women who loved him. Her nonfiction works include FREE WITHIN OURSELVES, and PORCH STORIES: A GRANDMOTHER’S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS. Her debut middle grade novel, NINTH WARD, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, was a Coretta Scott King Book Honor winner, and she’s written three other critically acclaimed novels: SUGAR, BAYOU MAGIC, and TOWERS FALLING. She is currently working on her next middle grade novel, GHOST BOYS.
CAROLINE RICHMOND is a young adult author whose work often combines alternate history and magic. She is the author of THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, THE DARKEST HOUR, and LIVE IN INFAMY, and she is the co-editor of the anthology HUNGRY HEARTS.
MARIA ROMASCO MOORE is the author of GHOSTOGRAPHS, an interconnected collection of flash fiction inspired by vintage photographs. Her first novel, SOME KIND OF ANIMAL will be out in 2020. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lightspeed, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Interfictions, Kaleidotrope, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the anthology Women Destroy Science Fiction. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and has an MFA from Southern Illinois University. She currently lives in Columbus, OH with her partner and two black cats and is an instructor at Columbus College of Art and Desi
MICHELLE ROWEN is a self-confessed bibliophile, reality TV junkie, the proud owner of an evil cat named Nikita, and the prolific author of the paranormal romance series Immortality Bites which includes BITTEN AND SMITTEN; FANGED AND FABULOUS; LADY AND THE VAMP; STAKES & STILLETOS; and TALL, DARK & FANGSOME. That series also spawned the mystery spin-offs BLOOD BATH AND BEYOND; BLED AND BREAKFAST; and FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY. As Morgan Rhodes, Michelle is the author of the New York Times bestselling FALLING KINGDOMS series, including REBEL SPRING; GATHERING DARKNESS; FROZEN TIDES, CRYSTAL STORM, and IMMORTAL REIGN as well as the spin-off A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES and THE DARKEST MAFIC. Michelle is also the author of ANGEL WITH ATTITUDE; THE DEMON IN ME; SOMETHING WICKED; THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC; NIGHTSHADE; BLOODLUST. Her young adult novels include DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE; DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN CHECK; DARK KISS; WICKED KISS; and COUNTDOWN. For Harlequin Blaze, she authored HOT SPELL;TOUCH AND GO; and INEVITABLE.
SETH RUDETSKY is the popular Sirius radio host and Broadway showman whose first novel BROADWAY NIGHTS was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is the author of the YA novels MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN and THE RISE AND FALL OF A THEATER GEEK. This year he will be appearing on Broadway in a show he has also written, DISASTER!, a spoof of such 1970s Hollywood disaster epics as THE TOWERING INFERNO, EARTHQUAKE, and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE.
MINDI SCOTT is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of the young adult novels FREEFALL and LIVE THROUGH THIS. Her next novel is FAR FROM US, a collaboration with Michelle Andreani.
SUZANNE SELFORS is a native of the Pacific Northwest and holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Washington. Her books include the oddly delightful middle grade novels TO CATCH A MERMAID and FORTUNE’S MAGIC FARM, as well as the Smells Like Dog series. Her young adult novels SAVING JULIET, COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL, MAD LOVE, and THE SWEETEST SPELL, are known for their comedy, romance, and heart. Her most recent book is THE FAIRY SWARM, which is the sixth book of The Imaginary Veterinary series. The series follows two ordinary kids from a small town as they encounter with a secret hospital for imaginary creatures. She is currently working on WISH UPON A SLEEPOVER, a middle grade novel about a young girl who’s sleepover for the popular girls turns into a party of misfits. She is also the author of the bestselling Ever After High (A School Story) series, which follows the school lives of the children of everyone’s favorite fairytale characters.
TESS SHARPE grew up in rural northern California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing colony of formerly feral cats. She is the author of BARBES WIRE HEART, the critically acclaimed YA novel FAR FROM YOU and the Jurassic World prequel, THE EVOLUTION OF CLAIRE and the Captain Marvel novel LIBERATION RUN. She is also the co-editor of TOIL & TROUBLE, a feminist anthology about witches, with Jessica Spotswood. Her short fiction has been featured in All Out, an anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell.
LAURA SILVERMAN is an author and freelance editor who splits her time between Atlanta and New York. She is the author of GIRL OUT OF WATER and YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT and has an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School.
LAUREN SPIELLER is an author and literary agent who lives in Washington, DC with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. She is the author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT and SHE’S THE WORST. You can also visit her website at www.laurenspieller.com
ANDREW SMITH is the author of GHOST MEDICINE, IN THE PATH OF FALLING OBJECTS, THE MARBURY LENS, STICK, and WINGER, all of which have been on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Other works include STAND-OFF, a sequel to WINGER; PASSENGER, the sequel to MARBURY LENS; 100 SIDEWAYS MILES, which was long listed for the National Book Award; GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, a 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Winner of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and a Best Book of the Year at Kirkus and School Library Journal; and THE ALEX CROW, recipient of five starred reviews and was named one of the best YA novels of the year by Kirkus. His upcoming book, RABBIT & ROBOT, is a YA novel about a boy who’s stranded on the Tennessee—his father’s lunar-cruise utopia—with insane robots. He is currently at work on several books for middle grade and young adult readers. ghostmedicine.com
EMILY WING SMITH is a writer of young adult fiction, with a BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. The winner of the David O. McKay essay contest, Emily’s work has been published in writing anthologies and has also appeared in popular magazines for children and young adults. THE WAY HE LIVED is her debut novel, and her sophomore novel is BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE. Her latest is a memoir for young adults, ALL BETTER NOW.
ERIN DOWNING SODERBERG writes novels for kids and teens. Under Erin Downing, she published her debut middle grade novel, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (OR UNTIL SOMEONE BETTER COMES ALONG), about a mean girl trying to change her reputation. Her other books include, FOR SOCCER-CRAZY GIRLS ONLY and NONE OF THE REGULAR RULES, and most recently MOON SHADOW, a middle grade novel in which a girl is split in two by an eclipse and has to live up to the life her shadow self creates, and the series, SpacePop, about a group of Space Princesses. Under Erin Soderberg, she has written several books for teens and children, including the young readers series The Quirks. Erin is now continuing her work on the adorable series, Puppy Pirates, starring her own dog, Wally.
JESSICA SHEA SPOTSWOOD is a DC-based dramaturgy student turned YA author. She is the author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles, which includes BORN WICKED, STAR CURSED, and SISTERS FATE along with WILD SWANS and THE LAST SUMMER OF THE GARRETT GIRLS. She edited the acclaimed anthologies A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS and THE RADICAL ELEMENT and co-edited, with Tess Sharpe, TOIL AND TROUBLE.
ANGIE STANTON is the author of the bestselling Young Adult contemporary romance novels DREAM CHASER and LOVE ‘EM OR LEAVE ‘EM. She is also the author of SNOWED OVER, a Christmas novella, and the Jamieson Collection series including ROCK AND A HARD PLACE and SNAPSHOT. Her ROYALLY LOST is a YA romance about Becca, who wants nothing more than to go home from the European vacation her father has dragged her on to play happy family, till she meets Nikolai, the Crown Prince of a small country who has run off to find a way out of embracing the future his parents have mapped out for him.
AARON STARMER is the author of DWEEB, THE ONLY ONES, and the acclaimed Riverman series. His most recent work is the YA novel, SPONTANEOUS, a black comedy about a high school where students begin to spontaneously combust. He is currently working on his next YA novel, MEME. Aaron lives with his family in Vermont.
RAY STOEVE is a queer, nonbinary writer from Seattle, Washington. They received a 2016-2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship for their young adult fiction, and are on a personal mission to include at least one trans character in every book they write. When they’re not writing heartfelt queer stories, they can be found working with youth, hiking their beloved Pacific Northwest, or on stage in drag. They’re currently at work on their debut novel, and their short story “Parker Outside the Box” appears in Bethany Morrow (editor)’s forthcoming TAKE THE MIC anthology. https://raystoeve.wordpress.com/
NOVA REN SUMA is a critically-acclaimed novelist from the Hudson Valley, now living in New York City. She is the author of the YA novel IMAGINARY GIRLS, a story about two sisters, their strong bond, and the dead body that threatens to break it. She is also the author of FADE OUT (a YA repackaging of her middle grade novel DANI NOIR) and 17 & GONE. Nova’s most recent YA novel, THE WALLS AROUND US, is a #1 Indie Next Pick and has received six starred reviews. She is currently at work on her next YA novel.
DENISE GROVER SWANK is the New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of more than 20 books including the Rose Gardner mysteries, the Chosen series, and the contemporary romance trilogy, The Wedding Pact. Her next books include ONLY YOU, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series and her YA debut, ONE PARIS SUMMER.
JOSH SWILLER, deaf since age 4, is an award-winning journalist whose first book, THE UNHEARD: A MEMOIR OF DEAFNESS AND AFRICA was a New York Times bestseller on publication in 2007. His YA debut, BRIGHT SHINING WORLD is forthcoming from Knopf. He has had a wide variety of careers, including forest ranger, raw food chef, sheepskin slipper salesman and Zen monk.
ROBIN TALLEY is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels for teen readers: PULP, OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE, AS I DESCENDED, WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND, and LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, the winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour and short-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her short stories have appeared in the young adult collections Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls, and Feral Youth. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife and their daughter. She enjoys reading about queer characters, analyzing Disney movies, and chocolate. You can find her at www.robintalley.com.
CHRIS TEBBETTS is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. His 2019 titles include the YA novel, ME, MYSELF, AND HIM as well as MIDDLE SCHOOL: BORN TO ROCK, which is part of the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series he writes with James Patterson. Other titles include the bestselling STRANDED series with Jeff Probst; the young adult novel M OR F? with Lisa Papademetriou; and THE VIKING series. His work has received children’s choice awards in Oregon and Hawaii, as well a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination, and a nod on the New York Public Library’s annual list of Books For the Teen Age. You can find him online at christebbetts.com and @christebbetts. WEBSITE: christebbetts.com
ADRIENNE TOOLEY was born and raised in the desert suburbs of Southern California. She grew up in the theater, telling other people’s stories, until she decided it might be just as much fun to write her own. Her debut YA novel is forthcoming from Simon Pulse.
DIANA URBAN writes twisty thrillers for teens. When she's not torturing fictional characters, she's a marketing manager at BookBub. Her debut, ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS is forthcoming.
ALLISON VAN DIEPEN is the author of many novels for teens, including ON THE EDGE, LIGHT OF DAY and RUNT THE RISK. Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age.
K.M. WALTON is the YA author of CRACKED; EMPTY, and the forthcoming ULTIMATUM. She is editing & contributing to the exciting new music-centered anthology BEHIND THE SONG. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher she's passionate about ending peer bullying.
JENNI L. WALSH is an author who has spent the past decade enticing readers as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. BECOMING BONNIE is her debut novel, telling the untold story of how Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the Roaring 20s, which will be followed by its sequel SIDE BY SIDE. She is author authoring two books in a middle grade series called SHE DARED, which will profile strong and brave young women, including surfer Bethany Hamilton and activist Malala Yousafzai.jennilwalsh.com
LACEY WEATHERFORD is the bestselling author of several paranormal YA titles, including the series Of Witches and Warlocks, which began with THE TROUBLE WITH SPELLS. She’s also the author of two YA contemporary romance series, Chasing Nikki and Crush, as well as the new adult contemporary romance The Fringe series.
ISMEE WILLIAMS is a pediatric cardiologist who trained and practiced at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for 15 years. She is the author of the YA novel WATER IN MAY and the forthcoming THE TRAIN IS BEING HELD.
NICOLE WILLIAMS’ USA Today bestseller CRASH and the enormously successful follow-ups CLASH and CRUSH were originally a self-published New Adult series about Lucy, a Julliard-bound ballet dancer, and Jude, the troublemaker with the dark past. Williams is also the author of the USA Today and New York Times bestselling series that began with LOST AND FOUND, the Eternal Eden novels and novellas, and the series Great Exploitations. Her first YA series is Bet You Can’t.
SAMANTHA YOUNG is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the sizzling contemporary romances in the ON DUBLIN STREET, HERO, HART’S BOARDWALK, and PLAY ON series. Previous books include young adult paranormal and fantasy series, such as THE TALE OF LUNARMORTE trilogy, as well as a New Adult duology, INTO THE DEEP and OUT OF THE SHALLOWS. Her first two contemporary YA novels are THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US and THE FRAGILE ORDINARY. Among her most recent titles are ON HART’S BOARDWALK, THE FRAGILE ORDINARY, AS DUST DANCES, and FIGHT OR FLIGHT. Her 2019 releases include THINGS WE NEVER SAID, the third book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series, and she’s currently at work on a standalone that takes place in a small Northern English bookshop.
SUZANNE YOUNG is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series which included the title novel as well as THE TREATMENT, THE RECOVERY, THE REMEDY, THE ADJUSTMENT, and THE COMPLICATION. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. Her titles include A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, A WANT SO WICKED, and THE HOTEL RUBY. Most recently, she has published GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS.
SARA ZARR is the critically-acclaimed author of the National Book Award Finalist STORY OF A GIRL, a moving first novel that deals with forgiveness and redemption; SWEETHEARTS, about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts; WHAT WE LOST (first published as ONCE WAS LOST), which examines the coexistence of affliction and hope; HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, a beautifully told story of two lives intersecting, unexpectedly, and what it means to be a family; THE LUCY VARIATIONS, about a girl’s struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself; and ROOMIES, which she co-authored with Tara Altebrando. Her most recent YA novel is GEM & DIXIE, about the unshakable bond of sisterhood.