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Janet Halpin


Inspired by the genre fiction that enthralled her as a kid, Janet Halpin writes darkly humorous short stories and novel-length YA, mystery, and WWII-set paranormal and time travel. A mom, history buff, tea drinker (okay, tea guzzler), she lives with her family, a hyper border collie and the original Grumpy Cat in the Massachusetts suburbs. Janet is a paranormal category finalist in RWA's 2017 Golden Heart® contest.

Tara Harlow


Tara Harlow writes New Adult & Young Adult Romance. On her road to publication, she'll probably take many detours to happy dance, drink a lot of wine & cook terribly. (The wine has nothing to do with the cooking, she's just terrible.) Or be an extra in some movies in Cleveland, wherein afterward she'll name drop and pretend to be besties with stars like Tom Hiddleston and Chris Evans. (Because OMG, she breathed the same air as them!) Her characters love Burlesque & Mixed Martial Arts. And because music is awesome for inspiration she has dozens of writing playlists. Which means hordes of people are dancing in her head.

Lynne Hartzer


I am a writer, professional blurbist, and proud member of Portland Midwest. In addition to YA, my other true loves are cherry pie, my family, sci-fi, jeans and a sweatshirt, em dashes—yes, em dashes—Amy Farrah Fowler and Norwegian Elkhounds. That list, by the way, is in no particular order because obviously I love my family more than cherry pie. It is also constantly in flux. Although, again, not the family part. They’re always on there.

Sandra Havriluk


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!).

Kristen Held


Kristen Held is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France, she now resides in a Northern California town where bike riding and backyard chickens are de rigueur. Married to a track star turned science nerd, and mom to two wee bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theatre, film, and television.

Greg Henry


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.

Callie James


Callie spent the first three decades of her life in Oregon before picking up everything and moving to the South for much needed sunshine and a change of pace. Author of both award-winning YA novels, INNOCENT and STUDENT BODYGUARD FOR HIRE, she loves writing edgy, contemporary young adult romance, as well as paranormal thrillers.

Monica Jones


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


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.

Meg Kassel


Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson's School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA. Her debut novel, BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS released 2017 from Entangled Teen. She is represented by Beth Miller of

Ana Kenley


Ana Kenley writes young adult romantic suspense. Ana is a member of Savvy Authors, YALitChat, and Young Adult Romance Writers of America. She has lived all over the country, and enjoys imagining which neighbor is hiding a dark, mysterious past.

Diane Kennedy


I am a new writer, currently deep into the second draft of my first novel and loving every minute of it.

Shannon Kennedy


Shannon lives (and works) at her family business, Horse Country Farm, just outside of Granite Falls. Teaching kids to ride and know about horses since 1967, she finds in many cases, she's taught three generations of families. Her life experiences span adventures from dealing cards in a casino, attending graduate school to get her Masters in Teaching degree, being a substitute teacher, and serving in the Army Reserve - all leading to her second career as a published author.

Tara Kennedy

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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.

Clara Kensie


Clara grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping others would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, Clara has swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn't changed one bit. Her debut series, RUN TO YOU, is an RT Magazine Editors' Pick for Best Books of 2014 and winner of RWA's 2015 RITA© Award for Best First Book.

Alethea Kontis


Alethea Kontis is a princess and bestselling author of many shiny books for children of all ages, including: AlphaOops, Enchanted, The Wonderland Alphabet, and The Dark-Hunter Companion. She hosts the "Fairy Tale Rants" series on YouTube and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

Debra Kristi


Born and raised a Southern California girl, Debra Kristi still resides in the sunny state with her husband, two kids, and four schizophrenic cats. Since a very young age she’s had a lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy, and creative storytelling. Unlike the characters she often writes, Debra is not immortal and her only superpower is letting the dishes and laundry pile up. When not writing, she is usually creating memories with her family, geeking out to sci-fi and fantasy television, and tossing out movie quotes.

Stephanie Kuehnert


Stephanie Kuehnert got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several D.I.Y. feminist 'zines. She received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. She’s published two Young Adult novels, I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE and BALLADS OF SUBURBIA, both with MTV Books. In addition to writing novels, she is a teacher and a staff writer for ROOKIE, an online magazine for teenage girls. Stephanie lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats.

Ann LaBar


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

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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.

Kasey Lane


Kasey Lane writes adult contemporary and new adult romance with musical themes, tons of spice, hot guys with ink and always a Happily Ever After. During the day she's the Director of Marketing at a manufacturing company. Originally from California, Kasey moved from Silicon Valley to the lush Pacific Northwest over a decade ago where she lives with her high school crush turned husband of 18 years (and research partner), two wickedly smart, but slightly devilish kids, a few dogs, some cats and a bunch of chickens. Kasey is proudly represented by Cate Hart at Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Elizabeth Langston


Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). When she's not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night. Elizabeth's debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST, release in 2014.

Tamra Lassiter


Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing. She would love to hear from you.

Chandelle LaVaun


My heart belongs in Manhattan, but my soul is wandering the beach. My family is most important in life, followed closely by good friends. Addicted to pizza and Slurpees, and you can't make me go to rehab. I'm a tomboy, but Bling makes me happy, or anything else that glitters. I bleed orange and blue, Gator Nation. Daydreamer. Obsessed with storm chasing. Prefer my books to be paranormal. Future dog-lady. Fashion designer and illustrator...oh and I'm a writer too.

Cālix Leigh-Reign


Cālix Leigh-Reign is a certified paralegal and resides in sunny California. She studied creative writing under script writer and published author Larry Strauss. Her earliest literary inspirations include Alice Walker, VC Andrews and Stephen King. She was a finalist in the 2004 John Lennon Song of the Year competition. Her Young Adult, Russian-mutant, Sci-Fi/Fantasy manuscript Opaque will be published by GenZ Publishing Fall 2016. She’s a member of YARWA/RWA and she's currently serving as a judge for the 2016 Rosemary Contest. She spends her free time in the gym, fantasizing about story plots and different ways of changing the world.

Shadow Leitner

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.

Jenna Lincoln


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.

Caroline Lingaitis


Caroline Lingaitis, Writing under the pen name Caroline Cozens. Recently accepted to PRO with RWA. I write a little of everything. I am currently working on a YA futuristic series called Farsighted. The first manuscript: the Matching has been sent to a publisher!!!!! It is sort of Pride and Prejudice meets Earth Colony in another galaxy...Imagine Mr. F. Darcy meets Elizabeth Bennet in a galaxy far far away....

Marie Long


Marie has shared a fondness and interest in the New Adult genre since its popularity boom in 2009. And now, as both a reader, and debut RWA author of New Adult fiction, Marie dreams to keep this fascinating genre going strong.

Lynn Lovegreen


Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters.

Regan Loyd


Regan Loyd writes NA science fiction romantic thrillers. In the past, she has written historicals and paranormals but felt compelled to switch genres after two of her three children were born. Who knew hormones could do that? She grew up in Memphis, TN and now lives in St. Louis, MO. She's married to a man from Alabama, and they agree on almost everything except barbecue and the relative importance of college football in day-to-day life. She serves as President-Elect of her local chapter, MORWA.