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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.
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.
Tambra Nicole Kendall
I'm published in romance, nonfiction, and children's literature. I also teach an online workshop The Essentials of Plot and Characterization.
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 She has completed several unpublished historical romance novels but every since discovering her "voice" is still in high school, YA has been her home.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.
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.
Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for fifty years. After twenty years in the classroom, she retired to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friend and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.