Ami Allen-Vath – Liars and Losers Like Us
YA Contemporary, March 15th, 2016, Sky Pony Press
Ami Allen-Vath was born and mostly raised in Minnesota, aka the land of 10,000 lakes. She loves movies, theatre, ice cream and the reunion tour of her favorite 80s/90s boyband NKOTB. She currently lives in New Jersey where she writes, hangs with her family, and tries not to buy too many books.
Amy Allgeyer – Dig Too Deep
YA Contemporary, April 1st, 2016, Albert Whitman & Co.
Amy was born in Northern Kentucky, the youngest of seven kids. As an architect, she spends her days remodeling hundred year-old homes in Boise, Idaho, where she lives with her son, a borrowed accordion, and a fake owl named Alan. She enjoys travelling and shopping, and she takes Second City Improv classes because they help her make new invisible friends. Amy is represented by Danielle Chiotti, of Upstart Crow Literary.
Amy McNulty – Nobody’s Lady (The Never Veil Series)
YA Romantic Fantasy, March 12th, 2016, Month9Books
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
Ann M. Noser – How to Ditch Dead Guys (Under the Blood Moon, Book 2)
YA/NA Crossover Urban Fantasy, March 2016, Curiosity Quills
Growing up an only child, I learned to entertain myself. During summer vacations, my greatest form of exercise consisted of turning the pages of a book. Now I’m all grown up, and full of stories half-written in my head. I have to write them down so I can find out what happens next.
Arthur Butt – Goblin War (Fairyland)
YA Epic Fantasy, 2016, Clean Reads
Graduate of Florida State University, army veteran, former police officer, plant manager. Movered to Florida in 2000 with loving wife Susie, two puppies, and a lazy Siamese cat named Snoopy. Published works include, B.E.V., Valley of Shadows, Dragonkiller, Rod of Reality, and The Girl Who Rode Dragons.
Anna Michels – 26 Kisses
YA Contemporary, May 2016, Simon Pulse
Anna Michels worked as a Norwegian language tutor, historical interpreter, farmhand, and waitress before building a career in books. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband. Visit her at http://www.annamichels.com or connect on Twitter @AnnaKMichels.
Beck Nicholas – Temper (The Upheaval saga)
YA Sci-Fi, March 16, 2016, Month9Books
Beck Nicholas always wanted to write. She’s worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but… she always pursued her first dream of creating stories. Now, she lives with her family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and is lucky to spend her days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
Bethany C. Morrow – The Last Life of Avrilis
YA Speculative, September 2016, Month9Books
Bethany C Morrow thrives on being non-native. In the last ten years, she has lived in Bangor, Wales (UK), her native California, and Montreal, Quebec (CA), where she lives now. She funnels the creative energy and outsider insight she gains from being an expat into her speculative literary work, writing about complex dark-skinned girls in a host of settings and scenarios – on earth or otherwise – and with a lyricism deserving of the page.
Casey Lyall – Howard Wallace, P.I.
MG Mystery, Fall 2016, Sterling Children’s Books
Casey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. Casey also loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.
Catherine Lo – How It Ends
YA Contemporary, June 7th, 2016, HMH Kids
Catherine Lo is a YA author and high school teacher who has the good fortune to work with some of the most creative and personable kids around. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children, who make her laugh every day and are extremely tolerant of her writerly obsessions. Catherine’s debut novel, HOW IT ENDS, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers on June 7, 2016.
C.J. Skuse- The Deviants
YA Paranormal (Norse gods), Fall 2016 (UK), Mira Ink
C.J. Skuse, author of PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC, DEAD ROMANTIC and MONSTER, was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn’t get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Deviants is her fifth YA novel.
C.K. Oliver – Daybreak Rising
NA Fantasy, Spring 2016, Oktopus Ink
C.K. [Rin] Oliver is a white, trans [agender], grey-asexual, autistic person that is currently in their final year at SNHU, studying for a BA in Communications with a focus in Public Relations, along with attending Free Code Camp for a certificate in Full Stack Web Development. Rin currently works as PR Director for CollectQT in addition to freelance tech/gaming writing inspired by a past life as a Community Outreach intern at Learning Games Network. Rin resides in New Zealand with their fiancee and their cat, Ember. You can read more of their work at http://ckoliver.com
Courtney Sloan – Of Scions and Men (The American Scions)
NA, Urban Fantasy, February 22, 2016 ,Curiosity Quills Press
A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating. Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor. She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night.
Dorothy Dreyer – Reaper’s Rite Book Three
YA Dark Paranormal, April, 2016, Month9Books
I’m a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband and two teens. I write young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family. I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.
Emma L. Adams – Indestructible (Indestructible Trilogy)
YA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy, January 5th, 2016 (April, June), Indie
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction with magic and monsters. She lives in the middle of England, but dreams of exploring the Multiverse. When she’s not immersed in her own fictional worlds, Emma works as a freelance editor and proofreader and reads an improbable number of books.
Emma is the author of various fantasy novels, including the universe-hopping urban fantasy Alliance series and the YA paranormal Darkworld series.
You can visit http://www.emmaladams.com/ to find out more about Emma’s books, or subscribe to her newsletter (smarturl.it/ELAnewsletter) to get a free Alliance short story and monthly updates on upcoming releases.
Emily Cox and Nicole Allen – Magic 8
YA Contemporary Romance, Summer 2016, Swoon Romance
Emily Cox welcomes voices in her head and enjoys hanging out with imaginary people as much as she likes the real ones. She is a proud New Mexican, but currently resides in Cedar Hills, Utah, with her swoony husband, two crazy-cool boys, two squishy cats, and one rather shy bearded dragon. She holds a Masters in Counseling and is an unabashed Anglophile who loves fresh salsa, libraries, teenagers, rainy days, accents, new-book smell, and Justin Timberlake’s vocal cords. She would like to thank whoever invented the words “luscious”, willy-nilly”, “blather”, and “behest”. MAGIC 8 is her first novel.
As an angst-y teenager, Nicole Allen developed an obsession with writing. She spent many nights gleaning inspiration in dark rooms bursting with incense and Celtic music, studying the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare. She attended universities (yes, that’s plural), majored in theater, and continued writing. Little did she know, she would one day make it her real career.
Besides writing, she loves to travel and would go pretty much anywhere. She has lived in London and Taiwan, but currently resides in Utah with her husband, two kids, three cats and a leopard gecko.
G. Donald Cribbs – The Packing House
Upper YA Contemporary (Trigger Warning), January 18th, 2016, Booktrope Editions
G. Donald Cribbs has written and published poetry and short stories since high school. Donald is a graduate of Messiah College in English and Education, and is currently a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He and his wife and four boys reside in central Pennsylvania where the author is hard at work on his next book, the sequel to his debut novel, THE PACKING HOUSE (January 18, 2016), by Booktrope. Having lived and traveled abroad in England, France, Belgium, Germany, China and Thailand (you can guess where he lived and where he visited), the author loves languages and how they connect us all. Coffee and Nutella are a close second.
Heidi Heilig – The Girl From Everywhere
YA Fantasy, February 16th, 2016, Greenwillow/HarperCollins
Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake.
Kathryn Purdie – Burning Glass
YA Fantasy, March 1st, 2016, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
Kathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. Kathryn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Kim Zarins – Sometimes We Tell the Truth
Kim Zarins has a PhD in medieval English literature from Cornell University and teaches medieval literature and children’s literature at Sacramento State University, where she’s an Associate Professor. Her debut novel, Sometimes We Tell the Truth, retells Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with modern teens, thereby combining her passions for medieval and YA literature. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is feeding peanuts to scrub jays and coaxing them to her hand.
YA Contemporary, September 2016 ,Simon Pulse
Jadah McCoy – Artificial
NA Science Fiction, April 4th, 2016, Curiosity Quills Press
Jadah McCoy is a lover of tattoos, crazy hair colors, and travel. She was raised in Arkansas. However, she can still write good and even wears shoes sometimes! She now calls Nashville home when she’s not traveling outside of the country. ARTIFICIAL is her debut novel.
J. C. Davis – Cheesus Was Here
YA Contemporary, Summer 2016, Flux
J. Keller Ford – In the Shadow of the Dragon King (The Chronicles of Fallhollow)
YA Fantasy, Spring 2016, Month9Books
J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and ever-lasting love. When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring, and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.
Jennifer Bardsley – Blank Slate
YA Speculative Fic, Fall 2016, Month9Books
Jenn Bishop – The Distance to Home
MG Contemporary, June 1st, 2016, Knopf/Random House
Jenn Bishop is a former youth services and teen librarian. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied English, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Along with her husband and cat, Jenn lives just outside of Boston, where she roots for the Red Sox. Visit her online at JennBishop.com.
Jenn P. Nguyen – The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
YA Contemporary, June 7th, 2016, Swoon Reads/Macmillan
Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.
Jessica Gunn – Gyre
NA Fantasy, February 1st, 2016, Curiosity Quills Press
Jessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world’s many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.
Jodie Andrefski – The Society
YA Contemporary, May 2016, Entangled Teen
Jodie’s been passionate about reading ever since she was a little girl, when she used to climb trees to escape with a favorite book. She now lives and writes in a small town in Pennsylvania with her teenage daughter. Though still an avid reader, she now prefers a comfy chair over the crook of a tree. An unapologetic coffee fiend, she’s even happier if her java comes with pie. Jodie often draws on her background in education and mental health counseling to bring real world experience to her writing. She is a firm believer in the magic of a first kiss, and insists that you should never, ever give up on your dreams. #AlwaysKeepFighting
Julia Ember – Unicorn Tracks
Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. A world traveller since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters. When she isn’t travelling, she spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book wholesaler, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels. She also spends an inordinate amount of time managing her growing city-based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names. Julia enjoys all varieties of general geekery. In the past, she has been an avid online gamer — but has had to curb that enthusiasm. Now, she fills that void by reading too many fantasy novels, an eclectic taste in bizarre youtube videos and exploring the magical city of Edinburgh. Unicorn Tracks is her debut novel, coming from Harmony Ink Press in April 2016.
YA Fantasy Romance, April 21st, 2016, Harmony Ink Press
Julie A Reece – The Paladins (The Artisans)
YA Southern Gothic, Spring 2016, Month9Books
Julie Reece writes YA stories. Many inspired by life in the southeastern states where she grew up. She’s passionate about family, friends, animals, underdogs, and writing, but bubble baths and dark chocolate make the list, too.
Kali Wallace – Shallow Graves
YA Horror, January 26th, 2016, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
For most of her life Kali Wallace was going to be a scientist when she grew up. She studied geology in college, partly because she could get course credit for hiking and camping, and eventually earned a PhD in geophysics researching earthquakes in India and the Himalayas. Only after she had her shiny new doctorate in hand did she admit that she loved inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked exploring the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. She was born in Colorado and spent most of her life there, but now lives in southern California. Her first novel, Shallow Graves, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in January 2016.
Kasi Blake – Dragons Breath
YA Fantasy, Fall 2016, Clean Teen Publishing
Kasi Blake learned how to read before she even started to school, and she’s had a book in her hand ever since. Becoming a writer seemed to be the next logical step. She loves books, but her biggest obsession is the show Supernatural. If you speak to her for more than ten minutes, she will turn you into a Supernatural junkie. Her other interests include nail painting, yoga, shopping, and chocolate. She lives on a farm with a dog, two cats, too many cows to count, chickens, and some ducks.
Kathleen Palm – Doors
YA Dark Fantasy, Winter 2016, Reuts Publishing
When a portal didn’t whisk her away to another world, Kathleen Palm decided she’d have to create them. As a kid she filled sketchbooks with drawings of strange creatures and wondrous worlds, dreaming of being an illustrator. In the middle of being a stay-at-home mom with two toddlers, she embarked on the journey of writing insanity and never looked back, except to keep an eye out for the TARDIS or faeries because, well… because. She loves the weird, the scary, and the fantastical, believing that magic makes the world a better place. You can find her happily existing in her 100 year old house in the country with her husband, two kids, four cats, dog, and Harry Potter wand collection. Her dark fantasy short stories ‘Dark Wolf’ and ‘Together’ can be found in the anthology ‘Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After’.
Katie Kennedy – Learning to Swear in America
YA Contemporary (Sci-Fi crossover), July 5, 2016, Bloomsbury Kids
Katie is a college history instructor. She used to teach in a fire station. When the alarm rang, the entire class jumped up and ran out of the room. She became an LPN in order to write more accurate medical scenes. She has been lost in Moscow, and rousted by the KGB for sitting in Red Square to eat her ice cream. She has been bitten by a fish.
Kat Helgeson (Coauthor Hannah Moskowitz) – Gena/Finn
YA Contemporary, February 23rd 2016, Chronicle Books
Kat Helgeson is a Chicago-based author of novels for young adults. She is a 1980’s cake walk champion and claims a career total of 2 points scored during regulation basketball, and she’s undefeated at Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Having retired from the circus at age fourteen, she now creates content for social media channels by day and writes by night. Kat lives with her husband, her dog, and a healthy preoccupation with fictional characters.
Kendra L. Saunders – The Unlove Spell
NA Speculative Fiction/Romance, December 1st, 2016, Spencer Hill Press
Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing). She is the author of the magic realism novel INANIMATE OBJECTS, the dark comedy DEATH AND MR. RIGHT, upcoming romantic comedy THE UNLOVE SPELL and the poetry collection GEMINIS AND PAST LIVES; she has conducted interviews with NYT Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, goth rocker Aurelio Voltaire, fashion designers Fabio Costa, Melissa Fleis, Miranda Levy and Project Runway winners Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak Franklin among many, many others.
Lauren K. McKellar
NA Contemporary, 2016, Indie
Louise Gornall – Rose Tainted Skies
YA Contemporary, Fall 2016, HMH/Clarion
Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She’s studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. A YA aficionado. Brit girl. Film nerd. Junk food enthusiast and rumored pink Power Ranger. She likes to spend her free time hanging out with her twin sister, and adding to her extensive collection of book boyfriends.
Lucy D. Briand – Magnetic Shift
YA Supernatural/ Paranormal, March 15, 2016, Spencer Hill Press
Lucy D. Briand lives in Ottawa, Canada with her comic book fanatic husband and her nonchalant Siamese cat. By day she works full time as a public servant for the Government of Canada, but by night her creative mind takes over and conjures up Supernatural Young Adult Gearhead Romance stories. When not working, reading, writing, or watching way too much TV, Lucy likes to cosplay at ComicCons, go on road trips to her happy place, Walt Disney World and play ridiculous amounts of board games. She’s also a huge NASCAR Sprint Cup fan.
Megan O’Russell – The Dragon Unbound (The Tethering Series)
YA Urban Fantasy, Spring 2016, Silence in the Library
Melanie Conklin – Counting Thyme
MG Contemporary, April 12th, 2016, Putnam
Melanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and life-long lover of books and those who create them. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs, who are thankfully booklovers, too. Melanie spent a decade as a product designer and approaches her writing with the same three-dimensional thinking and fastidious attention to detail. Counting Thyme is her debut middle grade novel, coming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons on April 12, 2016.
Melanie McFarlane – There Once Were Stars & Summoner Rising
YA Dystopian, April 26th 2016, Month9Books;
YA Urban Fantasy, Fall 2016, Month9Books
Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Her debut novel, THE DESCENDANTS AND THE MISSING GUARDIAN, was well received by the middle grade masses. Though she can still be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her upcoming YA series, THERE ONCE WERE STARS.
Melissa GIorgio – TBA (Smoke and Mirrors, #2)
YA Fantasy, Spring 2016, Indie
Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is the author of the Silver Moon Saga and the Smoke and Mirrors series.
Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott – The Way Back To You
YA Contemporary, May 3rd, 2016, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott are novelists from opposite coasts who met through an online Young Adult Writing class. For years, they critiqued each other’s manuscripts, and then they wrote an entire book together—all while exchanging thousands and thousands (oh, and thousands) of emails, texts, and Tweets. Michelle lives in New York City and Mindi lives near Seattle.
Mike Grosso – I Am Drums
Mike Grosso is a middle grade author, teacher, and musician from Oak Park, Illinois. His first children’s book, I AM DRUMS, is an anthem for young musicians. It was orphaned after the closing of Egmont USA, but found a new home at Clarion Books with an updated release date of September 16, 2016. He lives with his wife and son.
MG Contemporary, September 16th, 2016, Clarions Books/HMH
Nicole Tone – Lake Effect
NA Contemporary, January 2016, REUTS Publications
Nicole Tone lives in Buffalo, NY, with her husband and small horde of animals that includes three cats and two very large dogs. She has her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and is persuing her MFA in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she’s traveling and can usually be found in Phoenix, Seattle, or New York City. She’s a member of Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association, Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, and Association of Writing and Writing Programs.
Nina Rossing – Fjord Blue
YA Contemporary, March 10th, 2016, Harmony Ink Press
Young Adult author Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where she works as a high school teacher. She studied Nordic literature and languages, English and history at university, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from University College Dublin. She is an avid and eclectic reader whose bookshelves are bursting despite her e-reader. Her debut YA novel Supermassive was published by Harmony Ink Press in July 2014. Her second YA novel, Fjord Blue, will be published in March 2016, also by Harmony Ink Press.
Pat Esden – A Hold on Me (Book #1 Dark Heart series) and Dark Heart Book #2 (Untitled)
NA Gothic/Paranormal, February 23rd, 2016 and Fall 2016, Kensington Books
Pat would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique dealer by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, SCBWI and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Mythic Circle, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.
Pintip Dunn – Forget Tomorrow & The Darkest Lie
YA Science Fiction, November 3, 2015, Entangled TEEN,
YA Contemporary Thriller, July 2016, Kensington
When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I’m a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
I live with my husband and children in Maryland.
RoAnna Sylver – The Lifeline Signal (The Chameleon Moon Series)
NA Dystopia Sci-Fi (LGBT), 2016, The Zharmae Publishing Press
RoAnna Sylver is passionate about smart, weird stories and positive LGBT and other marginalized characters, and thinks we need more of both. Aside from writing oddly hopeful dystopia books, RoAnna is a blogger, artist, singer and voice actor. She lives with family and a small snorking dog, and probably spends too much time playing videogames. Chameleon Moon is the first book in a series, and the latest in RoAnna’s extensive short-fiction publishing history. RoAnna has worked as a contributing fiction writer, concept artist and voice actor for videogame company Phoenix Online Studios, been a background actor on several episodes of NBC’s Portland-based TV series Grimm, and now writes for entertainment news website Moviepilot.com.
Rosalyn Eves – The Blood Rose Rebellion
YA Historical Fantasy, Fall 2016, Knopf/Random House
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle. She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works. Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.
SA Larsen – Marked Beauty
YA Paranormal Romance, Fall 2016, Ellysian Press
S.A. Larsen is a writer, reader, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more hockey games than she could ever count. She loves books that open up secret passageways and hidden worlds to inspire and challenge the heart. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, Motley Education, will be published October 10, 2016 by Leap Books and her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, is set for release late 2016. She can be found in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years, four children (yes, they all play hockey), a playful pooch, and two kittens.
Sarah Ahiers – Assassin’s Heart
YA Fantasy, February 2nd, 2016, HarperTeen
Sarah Ahiers is working towards an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends and good family.
Sara Barnard – Beautiful Broken Things
YA Contemporary, January 2016, Macmillan Children’s
Sara lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the “on” switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand book shops at a young age.
Sara is inspired by what-ifs and people. She thinks sad books are good for the soul and happy books lift the heart. She hopes to write lots of books that do both.
Sharon Johnston – Divided (A Broken Heart Novel)
Upper YA/NA SciFi/Fantasy, August 1st, 2016, City Owl Press
SHARON M. JOHNSTON is a New Adult author from sunny Queensland, Australia. She specializes in intriguing stories and soulful contemporaries across category boundaries. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs for YAtopia and Aussie Owned & Read, spends time with her fur babies, and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been trailed by women wanting to know where she buys her shoes.
Sonya Mukherjee – Gemini
YA Contemporary, Summer 2016, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Sonya Mukherjee grew up in rural California sitting in trees, reading books and writing stories in her head. She studied English and creative writing at Stanford and San Francisco State University, and went on to work as an editor for a variety of book publishers, magazines, and websites, from the Future of Children to Dirt Rider. Now she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends her time sitting in coffee shops, reading books and writing stories on her laptop. Gemini is her first novel.
S.T. Bende – Perfekt Control (The Aere Saga)
YA (Upper) Paranormal, Spring 2016, Indie
Stacey Mosteller – Nashville U Series
NA Contemporary Romance, Summer 2016, Swoon Romance
Stacey is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Second Chances (co-authored with H.M. Ward) and the Nashville Nights series.
She is also a wife, mother, writer and self-professed bookwhore – not necessarily in that order! As the mother of three growing boys, her Kindle has become her temporary escape from the insanity of boys, dogs and her husband. Stacey can usually be found curled up with her iPad when she’s supposed to be writing or creating endless playlists on Spotify!
Stacey Nash – Stolen Sanctuary (Oxley College Saga)
NA Contemporary, January 28, 2016, Indie
Writing for the young and new adult market, Stacey’s books are all adventure filled stories with a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and plenty of KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area. Author of the Collective Series and the Oxley College Saga. To stay up to date with new releases and upcoming titles be sure to sign up for Stacey’s newsletter at http://www.stacey-nash.com.
Suzanne van Rooyen – Scardust
NA Science Fiction, February 8th 2016, Entangled Embrace
Suzanne is the author of the YA novels THE OTHER ME and I HEART ROBOT, as well as the forthcoming NA novel SCARDUST. A tattooed storyteller from South Africa, Suzanne currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.
Tobie Easton – Emerge
YA Contemporary Fantasy, April 12th 2016, Month9Books
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable boyfriend enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas.
Tobie’s debut novel, EMERGE (Month9Books, 2016), chronicles the tale of seventeen-year-old Lia Nautilus. Lia may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas. Lia is supposed to be safe in Malibu’s secret community of land-dwelling Mer. Then an evil siren brainwashes the cutest guy in school and Lia must decide whether to embrace the darker side of Mer magic to save him—by sirening him herself.
Vicki L. Weavil – FACSIMILE & SCEPTER OF FIRE
YA Science Fiction, March 8th, 2016, Month9Books
YA Fantasy, May 2016, Month9Books
Vicki L. Weavil is a librarian with a background in theatre, music, and design. She writes adult science fiction as well as YA fantasy and science fiction, and has had short stories and poems published in print and online literary magazines. Her debut novel, CROWN OF ICE — a YA retelling of The Snow Queen — was published by Month9Books in 2014. Vicki is represented by Fran Black at Literary Counsel in NY, NY.