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Verna Austen received an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Her short stories and poems have appeared in The Minnetonka Reivew, Flying Island, Blood Lotus Journal, and others. She is currently querying and writing a new novel.
Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). He is the author of three YA science fiction novels: Survival Colony 9, Scavenger of Souls, and Freefall. Josh loves to read, watch movies, and spend time in Nature with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.
Rosie Brown is an immigrant from the West African nation of Ghana and a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she completed the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program. She was an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing, and her work has been featured by Voice of America among other outlets. She currently teaches in Japan, where in her free time she can usually be found exploring the local mountains or thinking about Star Wars. She is represented by Quressa Robinson of Nelson Literary Agency.
Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she’s back in Pennsylvania a wife, mother of two teenagers, writer, real estate broker, amateur cook, exercise freak, and avid reader. She holds a BA in Literary Studies from the University of Texas, Dallas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College, Boston, MA. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Kirkus Reviews calls her debut novel What The Valley Knows, “A taut, compelling family tale.” (1/25/2018 byBlack Rose Writing) Heather’s non-fiction work has been published by Writer’s Digest, Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, Mamapedia, The Good Men Project,Grown & Flown, Parent.co, Bon Bon Break, Her View From Home, the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Sammichs and Psych Meds, and The Lighter Side of Real Estate. Follow her blog at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com and say “hello” onFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Heather was a member of the 2017 Listen To Your Mother cast.
Jamie Beth Cohen is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently lives on the line between suburban and rural Lancaster County, PA. She is currently working on her first YA novel, which she could have sworn she finished two years ago. She is occasionally on Twitter @Jamie_Beth_S and you can read more about Jamie, and see videos of her recent story slam performances, at http://www.JamieBethCohen.com.
When Rosie David isn’t writing YA novels (most of which have kissing in them), she’s usually reading YA novels (most of which also have kissing in them). She wrote “Sealed with a Wish,” a magical rom-com, just for you, but don’t tell the other kids… They’d get jealous.
Fan of fun factoids, chocolate milkshakes, and wild adventure, Laurel Houck writes to tell the stories that live in her. Her literal and virtual file cabinets attest to her prolific writings of those things that touch her heart, regardless of public opinion. Which may be why she is pre-published…
Hillary Fazzari is a YA writer from the Pacific Northwest. She holds degrees in journalism, Celtic studies, and history and writes both fiction and academic material. When she’s not researching long-dead kings or writing about teens in trouble, she can be found reading or haunting her local library.
Abbie Fine is a storyteller and nonprofit manager from Northern Virginia. THE LAST FIRST DAUGHTER is her first novel, but she has directed more than 20 professional theatre productions. Abbie added writing as a storytelling outlet in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. Abbie works full-time as the Managing Director of NextStop Theatre Company, a professional theatre company in the Dulles Corridor. She loves serving this company whose mission is to present theatrical performances and educational programs that are uniquely ambitious, intimate, and accessible both to and for her community. Abbie enjoys going to theatre, traveling—especially in the single engine airplane her husband pilots—hiking, teaching management, and of course, reading. She is an obsessive reader of fiction, particularly young adult fiction.
Joy Givens resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her fantastic husband, their two remarkable sons, and an impossibly lovable dog. Joy primarily writes “fresh, fantastic, fierce” young adult fiction. Her novel UGLY STICK, short story collection APRIL’S ROOTS, and nonfiction guide THE NEW SAT HANDBOOK are available on Amazon.com. Joy’s short fiction has also been published by WOW! Women on Writing and Cat & Mouse Press (BEACH LIFE anthology, 2017). In addition to her writing, Joy is the owner and lead tutor of Givens Academic and Preparatory Tutoring, a company serving the greater Pittsburgh area. She enjoys singing and listening to most genres of music, cooking for family and friends, and curling up with a good book.
Hannah R. Goodman is a YA and NA author and the founder and editor of Sucker Literary, which features emerging YA authors. She works as a writing coach and college counselor and is currently completing a C.A.G.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and she earned an MFA from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College. Find out more about her work hannahrgoodman.com or follower her on Twitter at @hannahrgoodman.
Kathleen Ingraham is a 2011 graduate of the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She currently works as a Managing Editor for Allen Press, Inc. in Lawrence, KS. Her work has appeared in Sucker Literary Volume 2 and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
K.C. Karr writes about brave teenagers and unfortunate situations. As a former high school winterguard coach, she finds that young voices tell the best, most truthful stories. She’s been an editor, a social media director, and longtime member of the critique group Flint Area Writers. K.C. is currently working toward becoming a certified book coach through Author Accelerator and is a proud YA mentor in this year’s #WriteMentor contest. @kacimari
Jessica Grace Kelley is an accountant by day and writer by night. She greatly prefers her night job. She’s an author and poet, and her young adult novels have received over a dozen awards and contest wins, including the Daphne du Maurier, the YA Authors.Me contest, and the Emma Merritt. Jessica holds a BA in Finance and Accounting. When she isn’t buried in books she spends her time writing music and co-teaching a teen writing class. Sometimes she tries to be a painter, but the product of her efforts proves it’s all in her head.
Stephanie Keyes is the award-winning author of The Star Child series and The Boy In The Trees (Inkspell Publishing). She hails from Pittsburgh PA and is a full-time kid wrangler, latte drinker, and Whovian. She’s still searching for Hogwarts.
Laura Lascarso is the author of two YA novels, COUNTING BACKWARDS (2012) and RACING HEARTS (2015). She lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children and a menagerie of animals. Follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso
Justine Manzano lives in Bronx, NY, with her husband, son, and a cacophony of cats. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Things You Can Create and Best New Writing 2017, as well as Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Greenwich Village Literary Review, The Holiday Café, Twisted Sister Literary, The Corvus Review, and Fiction on the Web. She received the Editor’s Choice Award for her work in the Best New Writing anthology. She currently maintains and runs a free editing service, The Inkwell Council, and her own blog at JustineManzano.com, where she discusses her adventures in juggling motherhood, writing, and the very serious businesses of fangirling and multiple forms of geekery.
Kimberly Mitchell is pursuing writing and life in Northwest Arkansas. When she’s not writing and blogging, she’s cheering on the Razorbacks, playing soccer, and scheming ways to travel the world. Follow her on Twitter @KSMitch17 and check out her blog at kimberlymitchell.us for updates on all of the above.
Deborah Maroulis is a mythographer who writes young adult novels and teaches literature, composition, and mythology at San Joaquin Delta College. She has a master’s degree in English and is pursuing her Ph.D. in mythological studies with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her first novel, WITHIN AND WITHOUT, will debut in the spring of 2019 from Lakewater Press. She loves visiting schools and libraries and offering workshops inspiring students to read and write, all while having a little fun. You can contact her through her website, deborahmaroulis.com, and follow her on Twitter at @yaddathree.
Marisa Noelle: I have completed a Writer’s Bureau novel and short story writing course, Curtis Brown’s acclaimed three-month novel writing course for children (London), Aaron Sorkin’s online master class for screen writing, and Writers HQ Plotstormers 1 plotting course and Plotstormers 2 editing course. Plus the Writers HQ Characterisation master class and short fiction courses. I have been short listed for both #peerpitch1 & 2 (2017) competitions, and shortlisted for #1st 50, and longlisted for the #peerpitch Q1 2018 competition. I have been longlisted for Adventures in Fiction New Voices Competition and Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition. I am a member of SCWBI and have completed a mentorship at the Golden Egg Academy with Matilda Johnson. I hold a BSc in psychology. I have written 16 YA novels in the urban fantasy/light-sci-fi genre and I also tackle mental health.
Sydney Scrogham is fond of Nutella, tea, and encouraging people. She shares marketing, publishing, and entrepreneurial ideas on her email list you can sign up for here http://eepurl.com/biowLj. In 2015, Sydney’s debut book Chase released with a plan for a series with a happy ending.
Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic
artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. She
is the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her
husband, two children, three horses and a cat. Her debut YA Fantasy,
DRAGON FIRE, was a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ 2013 Book of the Year
Award, in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award and in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite
Dawne Webber is a writer and wannabe drummer. Due to her lack of coordination, she has put her drumming on hold to focus on writing. She is represented by Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency. Her debut YA contemporary novel is currently on submission. She serves as the SCBWI-MI PAL (Published and Listed) Coordinator.
Sarah White is a roamer by nature, having lived in multiple states and locations in the past five years. She likes to joke that she got her BA in Acting to study character and her MFA in Theatrical Scenic Design to study setting. When not at rehearsals or furiously writing any one of 20 novels in her head, she is training her dog Gurgi to be come the best theatre dog in the universe. She currently teaches technical theatre at Earlham College. Her first novel, Chasing Merlin, was self-published in 2012. Follow her on instagram, tumblr and twitter: @sakuramelting
Thomas Wright is a writer of middle grade and young adult novels. His first book Ansburry Tales: The Redeemer was published in 2013. Book two of this five-part series is scheduled for release in 2016. Other completed projects include a YA novel, Catching Tomorrow due out in 2017, and a middle grade series entitled, The Adventures of Spikehead and Fred, with book one slated for publication in 2016. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wonderful family and far too many dogs.