YARWA Board of Directors


President, Sarra Cannon

Sarra CannonSarra Cannon writes contemporary fantasy with both teen and college aged characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem. Sarra recently celebrated seven years in indie publishing and has sold over half a million copies of her books.


Vice President of Programs, Laynie Bynum

Laynie BynumLaynie Bynum is a Young Adult and New Adult fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama who writes everything from Contemporary Romance to Urban Fantasy. Her debut novel, ADELINES ARIA, will release in the Winter of 2020. When she isn’t crafting characters who reflect her wanderlust and love of music, she can be found trying to wrangle her children or taking care of the small army of woodland creatures she calls pets.


Vice President of Communications, Katherine Fleet

Katherine FleetAfter a decade of living in the sunny Caribbean with her pilot husband and three amazing kids, Katherine Fleet has recently moved back to her hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland, the most easterly city in North America. In addition to adjusting to life back in Canada, she loves to write, read, travel, and embarrass her kids on social media. She is an active member of RWA and loves NaNoWriMo. Her latest YA Contemporary, THE SOUND OF DROWNING, will release from Page Street on March 12, 2019. She is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim of Prospect Agency.


Secretary, Lori Fulton

Lori FultonDuring the day I teach, diving into the history of China, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. When I’m not trying to organize my chaotic life, I dive into a world of fantasy and romance. I write because stories inspire and encourage one to never give-up.


Treasurer, Sammi Spizziri

Sammi SpizziriSammi Spizziri writes YA contemporary from a small town in Illinois. When she’s not lost in writing (or reading) a new book, she works as an accountant. Love stories, rec league volleyball, and chai tea lattes are a few of her favorite things.


Web-mistress, Julie Shepard

Julie is a true Florida girl, even though she lived in Minnesota until the age of five when her mother refused to raise three kids in that arctic mess and moved the family south. Regardless of any climate, Julie has always had a passion to write dark, edgy stories and found her niche in the world of young adult fiction. Julie is represented by Anne Tibbets.