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Sandra Havriluk writes for adult, Middle Grade, and YA audiences. Her YA historical romance TREACHEROUS HEARTS will be released in 2017 by High Hill Press. Her WIP is a contemporary romance suspense MURDER AT SECOND SIGHT, which is a finalist in the 2016 Daphne du Maurier. Her MG verse novel SIDE BY SIDE is represented by Kirchoff/Wohlberg and hopefully will find a publishing home soon! Sandra lives in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, with her husband and their uber-spoiled rescue doggie Jackpot (who finally “hit the jackpot” when they adopted him!).
I got my Ph.D. in Applied Math at Cornell, have written countless unpublishable novels, have a fourth degree black belt in taekwondo, have finalled in four contests in 2014, love to write and read YA, work on writing craft obsessively, and desperately yearn to take my writing to the next level. I frequent online classes, work in writing groups, and attend writing conferences. I live in Oregon where I work full time at a technical company and raised my three wonderful kids. I love animals and enjoy writing stories where characters reach great heights through intelligence, caring and peaceful means.
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
Monica Jones has tried on multiple occasions to write stories that don’t feature psychics, time-travel, or alternate realities, to no avail. After succumbing to her need for the paranormal, this California native moved to the birthplace of all things otherworldly and strange, New York. When not writing, she can be found watching bad television, eating good food, or people watching on the subway.
Mary Karlik has been a member of RWA since 1998. She is a member of LERWA (Land of Enchantment RWA), a charter member of the Young Adult chapter of RWA, and a member of Indie Romance Ink. She writes Contemporary Young Adult Romance and Fantasy. In 2013 received a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction. She has published two of her Hickville High series: Welcome To Hickville High and Hickville Confessions and a Hickville companion book, Horseplay. She is currently working on an epic fairy fantasy.
Tara Kennedy is that elusive creature - the native Washingtonian (they do exist.) By day she wrangles databases and by night she writes tales of teens trying to forge their way in this world. Tara also knits, beads, watches TV and drinks lots and lots of tea.
Ann LaBar is an award winning poet and has written for newspapers, magazines, and children's publications. She has completed several unpublished historical romance novels but every since discovering her "voice" is still in high school, YA has been her home. In 2014, she finaled in New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book contest with her most recent completed novel, Prom Theory.
Aidee Ladnier (who also writes as Angelia Pitman) began writing fiction at 12 years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
Shadow Leitner, author of Paranormal, Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels for Young and New Adults, thoroughly enjoys torturing her imaginary characters with love and other peculiar things. She also creates beautifully haunting art with her iPhone, consumes absurd amounts of coffee, and has an affinity for all things vintage, old world and macabre. Shadow resides in Frederick, Maryland, with her husband, their two spawn, a devious black cat, a thickheaded bulldog, and two vampiric guinea pigs.
Brenda Benny published That Secret You Keep in 2017, her debut YA contemporary novel that follows two teens at a performing arts high school who overcome buried secrets, grief and loss as they stumble through first love. Her second novel,All The Promises We Break (to be released June 2018), is the first in a two book series, which explores a devastating sexual assault that tears apart two teens, later revealing if the healing process can truly offer a second chance at first love. Brenda is lucky enough to live amongst the awesome lakes and forests of Muskoka Ontario Canada where you can find her outside.
Jenna Lincoln loves to read, write, and talk about reading and writing. She spent many happy years as a language arts teacher doing just those things. After dabbling in X-Files, Firefly, and Supernatural fan fiction, Jenna got serious about building her own imaginary world, big enough to get lost in for a long, long time. When she comes back to reality, Jenna enjoys her home in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two daughters.