YARWA Members - B

Vanessa Barneveld


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


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.

Sara Biren

Sara Biren lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and their two children. A Minnesotan born and bred, she's a fan of hockey, hotdish, and hanging out at the lake. She is the author of THE LAST THING YOU SAID (Minnesota Book Award finalist, 2017) and COLD DAY IN THE SUN.

Marlo Berliner


Marlo Berliner is the award-winning author of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, her debut book which was released in November 2015 to critical acclaim. The book won the 2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book, was named FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction, received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and was named one of the “best indie YA books we have seen in the past year, from both self-publishers and small presses” by IPPY Magazine. Marlo is represented by Eric Ruben of the Ruben Agency and she writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories.

Marnee Blake


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.

Melissa Blanco

Melissa Blanco lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three children. She's a reader, writer, teacher, introvert, and 80's movie fanatic. She can often be spotted at sporting events with a cup of coffee and novel she simply can't put down. She is represented by Marlene Stringer of The Stringer Literary Agency LLC.

Patty Blount


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 Bodger


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.

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.

Kim Briggs

Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice. An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall. Starr Fall released November 2016, Starr Lost January 2017 and Starr Gone June 2017, all with Inkspell Publishing. Her novella, Avalanche is part of the Valentine Kisses Anthology February 2017.

Ally Broadfield


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.

Harley Brooks


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


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 Budzinski


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)

Susan Burns

Both romance and science have been central to the life of S.B.K. Burns (Susan). As a teen, she wrote romantic musicals between quarterbacks and cheerleaders. After a career as both a science teacher and advanced degrees in science, she began a ten-year journey of paranormal romance novel writing. Her ten books include two series: LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS (about psychic vampires that protect humans from the baddies, even when the humans are not too keen on getting saved) and AGES OF INVENTION (alternate science history/steampunk: where Electress Sophia of The House of Hanover (ancestor to today’s British royalty) runs a time machine where she helps our heroes and heroines save the great scientists of history.

Allie Burton


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

Laynie Bynum


Laynie 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.