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Attorney by day, mom and wife by night, and writer in the early mornings and any other time I can grab.
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.
Marisa D'Vari, author of five non-fiction books, is at work on her newest Paranormal YA.
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.
After 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.
Kit Forbes has been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her family and a tiny cat herd who give new meaning to the word bizarre. She's working to get her YA debut Shadows Fall Away back into print. Her upper YA/New Adult time travel Falling Through Glass has been republished under her adult romance pen name.
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.
Jenna Grinstead is a young adult and middle grades writer and public speaker from Columbus, Ohio. Her young adult romance manuscript now titled "Darkest Time" has won several regional RWA chapter contests. She also has a journalism degree from The Ohio State University and more than twenty years professional experience in marketing and public relations. When she’s not plotting her next novel you can find her eating ice cream sundaes and singing off tune. Sadly, she’s addicted to dark chocolate, romance novels and young adult fiction and refuses to seek help.
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.