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I grew up in Sacramento, California, the oldest of seven. I earned an elementary teaching degree from Brigham Young University and did my graduate studies in Bilingual/Bicultural Ed at CSUF. I'm the author of the YA paranormal CROSSED OUT. I'm also the author of the YA fantasies, NO MORE GODDESSES and EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA. Plus, I'm a reviewer for Young Adults (& Kids!) Book Central.
Kathleen loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, rode a bike across the desert, took way too many classes in college, was stalked by a cougar, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. Her upcoming series for Tor Teen, A School For Unusual Girls, will be released May 2015.
USA Today bestselling author Nina Bangs lives near Galveston, Texas, with her cat, Abby, and a sexy vampire who never made it into her books. She’s joking about the vampire, but she’d be open to the concept. The paranormal world fascinates her. When she’s not racing the clock to meet looming deadlines, she dreams of investigating old houses in hopes of meeting a few resident ghosts.
Lyla writes stories about demons, shapeshifters, fairies, and mythological gods in love. Fantasy love for the fantasy crowd. A former scientist, Lyla lives with her husband in Wisconsin. Lyla enjoys reading and writing Young Adult and New Adult stories because she is unbelievably immature.
I've lived in small towns in the Missouri Ozarks most of my life, so I created a small town peopled with good and bad characters. The Dreamin' Tree (iUniverse, 2008), first book of a planned series is a young adult romance. I earned a Master of Arts in English and hold certification in journalism. During twenty years in classrooms, I’ve taught Language Arts, drama, speech, creative writing, newspaper and yearbook. I belong to Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers of America. Romantic Suspense is my favorite genre; Young Adult and Chick-Lit (pardon the label) tie for second.
Vanessa Barneveld lives in Australia. She has one husband, two cats, and three Golden Heart nominations in the YA category. THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, her 2014 GH book, recently sold to Bloomsbury Spark and will be published this fall.
Kimberly Bea fell in love with Greek mythology when she was in the fifth grade, a love that led her to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Ancient History. A California native, she moved to Minnesota for graduate school and (surprisingly) never left. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Den of Thieves edited by Carol Hightshoe and Nothing But Red edited by Skyla Dawn Cameron.
Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, I have been a serious, full-time writer for the past six years. I am currently an intern with a literary agency based in NYC, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. In 2011, I served as Conference Chair for the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference and in 2013 as the Editor/Agent Chair. In addition, I have served on the NJRW Board for three previous years. I am an active member of SCBWI, RWA, NJ-RWA, YA-RWA, TeenLitAuthors, and WritingGIAM – a group author website with over 200 authors.
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.
Rebecca was born in Providence, Rhode Island and grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She now lives in Salem, Massachusetts. She received her BA in English & Creative Writing from Lesley College in Cambridge and her MLS from Simmons College in Boston. She’s currently working on several other projects. Rebecca writes fiction for young adults and adults. She has a particular fondness for genre fiction and spends most of her time lost in fantasy, paranormal, and horror tales. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading...or forcing her literary opinions down the unsuspecting throats of readers at the library in which she works.
Marnee Blake is a 2014 & 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist. Originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she now battles traffic in southern New Jersey where she lives with her hero husband and their happily-ever-after: two very energetic boys. When she isn’t writing, she can be found refereeing disputes between her children, cooking up something sweet, or hiding from encroaching dust bunnies with a book. Marnee’s debut, ALTERED, an NA sci-fi romantic thriller, will be published by Entangled Embrace in December 2015. Marnee's writing is represented by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary Agency.
Patty Blount writes technical information by day, teen fiction by night and can easily be bribed with chocolate. Her third novel, SOME BOYS was a 2015 CLMP Firecracker Award winner and Rita finalist. Look for her new book, THE WAY IT HURTS, in August, 2017.
Holly is the author of 5 to 1 (Random House Knopf, May 12, 2015) as well as TEN, a 2013 Finalist for the RWA Golden Heart, YA category. She is represented by Lauren MacLeod (The Strothman Agency).
Michelle Joyce Bond
Michelle spent a good part of her teen years locked in her room with paperbacks, video games, and marble notebooks. She went on to attend Rutgers University where she received high honors in English and totally annoyed everyone by never putting her hand down. Her stories all take place in New Jersey, her own beautiful, dirty mess of a state. These tales of time-travel and the paranormal are bittersweet, off-beat, and anything but ordinary.
JL Bowen lives in Colorful Colorado and loves go to her family cabin in Frisco. Someday she plans to move to the mountains with her faithful and spoiled companion—Raven, a black Cocker Spaniel. JL writes both paranormal and contemporary young adult books. When she's not writing, she likes to go on ghost tours. Her favorite tour was the Jack the Ripper tour in London.
Lucy D. Briand
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 YA Gearhead Romance stories with a touch of supernatural elements. Turning her dreams into stories awarded her the 2013 Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in the Young Adult Romance category. When not working, reading, writing, or watching way too much TV, Lucy likes to cosplay, attend ComicCons, go on road trips to Walt Disney World, and play ridiculous amounts of board games. She's a geek to the core, but is also a huge NASCAR Sprint Cup fan. Her debut novel MAGNETIC SHIFT releases March, 2016. Lucy is represented by Brittany Booker of The Booker Albert Literary Agency.
Ally Broadfield lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with her husband, three kids, four rescue dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. She likes to curse in Russian because few people know what she’s saying, and spends most of her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia, and middle grade and young adult literature as Ally Mathews. Her first middle grade story is releasing in the Fright Before Christmas anthology coming from Leap Books in November 2015.
Creator of racy, edgy, and emotionally charged stories filled with unforgettable characters who can't seem to get out of their own way, award-winning author, Harley Brooks, untangles superheroes from their capes. Living in the shadows of brilliant red rock cliffs, she still wishes on the first star of the night and the last one sparkling in the morning. A hopeless romantic and incurable chocoholic, when Brooks isn't indulging in her passion for writing, she's off exploring scenic byways on her Harley Davidson.
V.C. Buckley started traveling the world at age 16 where she was able to see and experience many cultures and traditions, which inspire much of her stories. When she's not writing, she practices martial arts and holds a 2nd Dan belt rank in Kendo where she gets to wear her armor and hit people with a bamboo sword all day.
Linda lives in Northern Virginia, where she's active in a number of local writing groups as well as the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SCBWI. She's a sucker for romance and reality TV and has been known to turn off her phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.” She is author of three young adult novels: THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER (2016), which won the YARWA Rosemary Award and the RWA Virginia Chapter's Fool for Love Award; EM & EM (2015), which was named a "Must Read for Teens" by Your Teen Magazine and has been optioned for development as a TV series; and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), her debut novel. She is a member of the Sweethearts of YA (sweetheartsofya.com)
D'Ann Burrow once told her preschool teacher she wanted to be a witch when she grew up. That simple comment signaled the start of a life-long fondness of things that go bump in the night. D'Ann enjoys the world of Supernatural, stories about guys with fangs, and she's seldom met a disaster film she hasn't liked. She writes about secrets people keep. Even the bravest heroine and a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they'd rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.
Allie Burton didn’t realize having so many jobs would become great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a bike police officer to a professional mascot escort. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine biology, and advertising. When her kids asked, "when are you going to write a story we can read?" she switched from adult novels to Young Adult and Middle Grade and hasn’t looked back. Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Romance Writers of America including the Young Adult, Dallas Area Romance Writers and Heart of the Rockies chapters. She is also a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children
S.M. Butler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of new adult romantic suspense and military romance who has a penchant for Dr. Pepper, ice hockey, and world domination, but not necessarily in that order. She lives in Texas under a not-so-secret identity with two monsters, writing books, and planning the next step in her evil plans for world domination into the twilight hours of the night because that's when it's quiet in the house. She loves to hear from readers.