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Ronni Davis lives in Chicago, where by day she copy edits everything from TV commercials to billboards, and by night she writes contemporary YA about brown girls falling in love. She also contributes to the fan blog thetheologians.net and the writing blog chiyawriters.com. When she’s not writing, she’s playing iPhone games or being silly on Instagram.
Marissa writes YA historical fantasy (the Leland Sisters series from Henry Holt) and adult contemporary fantasy (forthcoming from Entangled). She lives in Massachusetts with her dear husband who doesn't complain about building her new bookshelves, collects antique fashion prints, and caters to the whims of her devastatingly cute house rabbits.
Pintip Dunn is the debut author of the YA sci-fi, FORGET TOMORROW (Entangled Teen, November, 2015). Also forthcoming is her contemporary thriller, THE DARKEST LIE (Kensington Teen, July 2016). She is a three-time Golden Heart finalist and is represented by Beth Miller at Writers House. She lives with her husband and children in the Washington, D.C. area.
Marisa D'Vari, author of five non-fiction books, is at work on her newest Paranormal YA.
Laura Ellen writes YA contemporary mysteries and thrillers from her home in Arizona, where she also freelances as a manuscript consultant for aspiring authors. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and began her career as a teacher in both Language Arts and special education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her debut YA thriller Blind Spot, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner.
Leanne Farella lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her extreme do-it-yourselfer husband and two young children. She writes adult and young adult historical fiction to satisfy her unshakeable infatuation with Roman history. So as not to get too out of touch with reality, she also dabbles in new adult contemporary romance. Leanne is represented by Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary.
Originally from Newfoundland but now living in the Caribbean, Katherine Fleet writes contemporary young adult novels. Her debut, THE SECRET TO LETTING GO, was published by Entangled Teen in 2016. It recently won first place in the YA category of the International Digital Awards (OKRWA) and was a finalist in the Write Touch Readers Award Contest (Wisconsin RWA) and the Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Award (Heart of Denver RWA). Her latest book, THE NIGHT WE MET was recently bought by Page Street Books and is scheduled for release in winter 2019. She is represented by Carrie Pestritto, from Prospect Agency.
Sara Fujimura is a creative writing teacher, literacy advocate, and YA author. Her work has appeared in such magazines as GIRLS’ LIFE, WOMAN’S DAY, APPLESEEDS, and Scholastic’s SCIENCE WORLD, among others. She loves doing school visits and teaching writing workshops at anime/manga conventions. Her YA novel TANABATA WISH is set in Japan and weaves the ancient Japanese story of star-crossed lovers into a modern fabric. Sara writes books for adventurous, globally-minded teens who aren’t afraid to fall in love with someone outside of their own ethnicity.
I'm interesting in writing young adult fiction. Currently, I'm editing a finished manuscript.
Former high school math teacher, Navy wife, mom of three, current YARWA treasurer
Tracy Goodwin is an international bestselling and award-winning author. Throughout a career spanning a decade, she has achieved both traditional and indie publishing success. She pens vivid urban fantasy paranormal romance and young adult novels bursting with excitement, danger, romance, emotion, and strong heroines with sass. In addition, she is the author of sweeping adult historical romances fraught with passion, hope, danger, and redemption. Though the genres may be different, each story delivers Tracy’s unique blend of poignant emotion, love, suspense, humor, and unforgettable characters that steal readers’ hearts.
Christine Gunderson grew up on a family farm in North Dakota reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books in her own little house on the prairie. As a kid, Christine burned a hole in her bedspread with a light bulb while attempting to read Trixie Belden, Anne of Green Gables and the Narnia books under the blankets when she was supposed to be asleep. This addiction to good stories led her to a career as a television anchor and reporter. Later, she moved to the other side of the camera and spent a decade working with reporters in the House and Senate as a press secretary. Christine retired from the world of politics when she became a mom and started writing novels for Young Adults. She discovered that writing fiction is as absorbing and pleasurable as reading it. Christine lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and three children. Her hobbies include sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with her family, chalk painting old furniture, and unloading the dishwasher.