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I am an unpublished Young and NEW Adult author trying to make a mark in the industry with my books. I am now in the process of revising/editing 6 novels and a novella which I am learning, is a very intense process!
Amy DeLuca is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Contemporary Romance and Young Adult fantasy/paranormal romance. She is the author of the Hidden Saga and the Channel 20 Something series (published under the name Amy Patrick.) Living in New England now with her husband and two sons, she actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently works as a voiceover artist and audiobook narrator.
After travelling the world and living abroad for many years, Wende Dikec finally settled down and now lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband, three sons, a puppy named Capone, and a very well used espresso machine. She writes young adult fiction under her own name and new adult fiction under the pen name Abigail Drake. Wende is the author of the YA novels TIGER LILY (Inkspell Publishing, January 2016) and STARR VALENTINE (Inkspell Publishing, March 2016).
Danielle's always loved to write (except when it's about herself in third person). She has a BA in English and her favorite reads are as eclectic as the genres she writes. Her philosophy is to follow the story wherever it might take you and as a result has published contemporary romance, LGBT romance, young adult urban fantasy and has plans for many more. She's addicted to coffee, dark chocolate, and Happily Ever Afters.
CM Doporto writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.
Hi! My name is Katya Dove, I live in Pasadena—the City of Roses—and I write YA fantasy. I'm partial to road trips, Silver Age superheroes, chalk art festivals, strong coffee, and my painting studio, which I share with a hive of honey bees. Before Pasadena, I've lived in Antwerp and San Francisco, Hamburg and Moscow, Dushanbe and Zurich, Seville and Dublin, St. Petersburg and Baltimore. These places have given me a taste for change, languages, mythology and art: all the things that inspire my writing and my life.
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.
Jennifer Dyer writes young adult fantasy and reads too many genres to name here. As a child, she wanted to be a Ninja Jedi Princess, but that didn't exactly work out, so she writes stories instead. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband, two girls, a trampoline in the living room, and a Greyhound who thinks he's a cat.
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.
Elizabeth Fama is the award-winning author of PLUS ONE (FSG, 2014), MONSTROUS BEAUTY (FSG, 2012), and OVERBOARD (Cricket Books, 2002).
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.
Jennifer has worked as a dishwasher, preschool aide and Family Literacy tutor. Dressed as Raggedy Ann, she volunteered for the sick for the Adventures in Caring program. She earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Marketing Professional Certificate from UCSB Extension. She has been a dancer, since the age of three, in ballet, tap, and modern dance. Now, she practices yoga and meditation, sings in the car at the top of her lungs, and dances when she’s done with revisions or when it’s Friday. Jennifer enjoys writing contemporary and paranormal happily-ever-afters for young adults and adults.
Christy Finn is a hockey-loving California native and former hockey blogger who married a hockey-loving, book-reading British bloke. Known as Finny or Girl with a Puck, Christy joined RWA in 2006 and ran a blog about the Anaheim (then-Mighty) Ducks for several years before she turned her focus on her fiction. After achieving PRO status in 2009, Christy pursued her masters of art in English Literature and received a professional certificate affirming her belief that she can write. When she isn't writing young adult, New Adult contemporary, or contemporary adult romances, she's probably reading, consuming ungodly amounts of television drama, playing with Duchess the dog, or trying to beat her husband at video and board games.
Originally from Newfoundland, I gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean in 2007. The slower pace of island life has given me time to pursue my long-time goal of becoming an author. When I'm not writing, I spend my time baking, chauffeuring my three amazing kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with my husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. I've participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and am an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. I am represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go, my debut YA novel, is coming from Entangled Teen in February 2016.
KC has a passion for trying new things. Over the years she has been a belly dancer, lube & oil tech, locksmith, story-teller and author among other things. Her forever passion is writing, reading and sharing stories with others. KC lives in Colorado with her family, two Maine Coons and a turtle. She takes great pleasure is seeing the beautiful Rocky Mountains from her front door every day.
I write young adult fiction where danger, suspense, romance and God collide. My nicknames include Jay, Juju, Jules, Lizzie and Julio. A tomboy and girly-girl all wrapped into one. Growing up I would spend one hundred percent of my meager allowance on books. I fight off two German Shepherds and a snarky Maltese who tries to take over my keyboard while writing. My debut novel, Kings of Renown BETRAYAL, was published by CleanReads in November, 2015.
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.
Kati is a contemporary YA author. She started writing in the 9th grade when she needed extra points in her AP English class so she sat down and wrote her first novel. Kati is from Atlanta, GA and has a degree in Theater with an emphasis on performance from Brenau University, but gave up the starving life of an actor to pursue the more lucrative career of teaching middle school. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, two small girls, a heard of cats, and a very rambunctious puppy. Kati is represented by Eric Smith with P.S. Literary.
Jane George is an author and award-winning illustrator living in San Francisco, CA with her family. She is a graduate of The California College of the Arts and is an eternal student of the sublime and the absurd. When not writing or painting, she can often be found at an indie rock concert. She writes books for young adults, new adults, and adult adults, often with a tendency toward the romantic and fantastical.
Kasey Giard is an avid blogger and aspiring novelist. She enjoys fly fishing, gardening and lounging by the pool with her family near her Central Florida home.
Former high school math teacher, Navy wife, mom of three, current YARWA treasurer
A 2008 Golden Heart finalist, Connie writes young adult paranormal fiction, and adult mystery and suspense. She collects trival and obscure information, tries desperately(but fails) to stay away from desserts, loves walking and yoga.
"A handful of real life, a heartful of story." I wrote novels for teens and adults. My short story "Color Me Happy" appears in ORANGE KAREN: A TRIBUTE TO A WARRIOR, and my series of YA paranormal stories, PARANORMAL PLAYGROUND, release in 2014.
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.
Having grown up on a steady diet of fairy tales and soap operas, Mia loves writing about strong girls and cute boys. She still believes in the power of first kisses and happily ever afters. She has a slight addiction to dirty chai lattes and stays up way too late because she’s lost in a book. Raised in the Northeast, she traded snow shovels for southern hospitality and lives with her husband, son, and couch-hogging dog in North Carolina.
Currently rocking the pre-published status, Deena spends most of her time balancing a day job, a husband, a young son (who is ALL boy), and an ever-present need to write something. Even if it's a grocery list. Deena is an active SCBWI and RWA member, and recipient of an Honorable Mention from the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards 2012 for a Young Adult short story.
I have written eight contemporary romance novels and a novella for adults. The first three novels were published by Genesis Press, and I self-published the rest. I am now shifting focus to young adult and happily working on my first YA novel.
Jenna Grinstead writes young adult and middle grade novels from the front row of a never-ending concert.
C.R. Grissom lives in San Jose, California—smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley. She works for a high-tech company by day, and writes contemporary sports romance featuring college-aged characters at night. A closet infusionista, she prides herself on creating cocktail concoctions for friends and family. She has two sons in their teens who keep her busy screaming from the bleachers year-round at different sporting events. Married for 23 years, she understands the benefit of compromise and the HEA.
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.