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Kim MacCarron writes contemporary young adult books. She was a Golden Heart finalist in YA (2010, 2013) and is represented by Michelle Grajkowski at 3 Seas Literary. She is married with five kids (ages 8-13) and lives in the Washington DC area. She's also members of WRW, TGN and SCBWI .
I write fantasy adventure novels for young adults and teens. I also write theater plays for teens, tweens and kids. Represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.
Mari Mancusi is an award winning author of 20 books for adults and teens including the Scorched series, The Blood Coven Vampires, and Gamer Girl. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and young daughter and is a former Emmy winning TV news producer.
Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A craft enthusiast and food-lover, Tif is a veteran Army Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, and is inspired daily by her own military hero and four children.
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua's and two shady looking cats. When she isn't writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she's reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things is set to release on August 31st, 2015. She is currently working on the second book in the Dead Things series due to release in 2016.
Author of historical and YA paranormal romance. Kicker of Ovarian Cancer's butt, mom of 3, dog-mom, wife of a Highlander and lover of hot chocolate w/ peppermint.
Also Colleen Oefelein. Colleen is a retired Air Force officer and engineer, an author, blogger, and an associate agent and PR manager at Inklings Literary Agency. Colleen has interviewed with PEOPLE Magazine, 20/20, and INSIDE EDITION, where she promotes writing for mental and emotional health. She also runs Totem Head's Annual Writing Contest for Kids, now in its eighth year. Though she holds a BS in both Chemical Engineering and German, she's far happier writing near misses and awkward kisses. Some of her talents include speaking in 10-codes (from her time with Alaska State Troopers), flying helicopters, and Irish dance.
Maureen McGowan is the National Bestselling author of two popular YA series including the dystopian thriller series: The Dust Chronicles. She writes exciting, fast-paced novels, enjoyed by teen and adult readers alike. Maureen always loved writing fiction, but side-tracked by a persistent practical side, it took her a few years to channel her energy into novels. After leaving a career in finance and accounting, she hasn’t looked back. Aside from her love of books, she’s passionate about films, fine handcrafted objects and shoes. Her most recent titles include: Deviants (Oct, 2012), Compliance (June 2013), Glory (coming June 2014).
Shawn McGuire writes Young Adult contemporary with a bit of fantasy thrown in for fun and New Adult short stories. She lives in Colorado with her husband and son where she loves hiking the Rockies and is trying to learn to downhill ski.
McMahan has trudged through the jungles of Honduras and Cambodia, through the favelas of Brazil and from race tracks to drag strips in the U.S. in search of footage for her documentaries. She applies the same sense of adventure to her award-winning books of mystery and romantic suspense for teens and adults. Her first novel has won multiple RWA awards, including the Rosemary (First Place Historical Category). The Saffron Crocus, a historical YA mystery, is forthcoming in 2014 from Black Opal Books.
Quit my day job and started writing full-time in YA 3 years ago. Since then I've been a finalist in the Maggies in 2012 and 2013 in YA. A Beacon finalist and a YA Historical finalist last year. I've finally found and listen to my voice. I'm a mom of 3 trying to survive the last teenager with the help of my grumpy cat and two sympathetic dogs.
Angele McQuade is the author of two books about investing, INVESTMENT CLUBS FOR DUMMIES and INTRODUCTION TO SUCCESSFUL INVESTING. As a monthly columnist for Better Investing magazine since 2000, she’s published more than 300 cover and feature articles. She teaches Cash & Creativity workshops at local and national events (including RWA National in 2016) and offers an extended three-week class online (more details on her website). Angele also writes novels for children and young adults, and is a member of RWA, WRW, YARWA, SCBWI, and the Authors Guild. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Marty Mayberry writes anything from young adult sci-fi to adult historical fantasy. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in New England with her husband and grown children, as well as three neurotic cats and a geriatric chocolate lab. Give her a long walk on a powdery beach, an ancient ruin to explore, or a good book, and her life’s complete. She’s represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency.
Jessica Lynn Medina
Jessica has had a love of the written word for as long as she can remember. With a BA in English Lit, she writes her evenings away with freelancing, her blog, and is an aspiring YA author. To pay the bills, she capitalizes on her tech talents with her day job as a Graphic/Website Designer at a marketing company. Right now she calls Florida home, with her ever supportive hubby and her favorite black lab.
Elizabeth is a Midwestern girl with a healthy dose of wanderlust who writes science fiction and fantasy novels when she's not optimizing supply chain processes for technology companies. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband. When she's not working or writing, you can find her training for a swim meet, or devouring all the books.
Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Tracy Hewitt Meyer is the award-winning author of The Rowan Slone Series, gritty YA contemporary novels set in Appalachia. Tracy was born and raised in West Virginia and though she has since moved from her childhood home, trees and mountains and fresh air are in her blood. As a staunch introvert, she loves the act of living life but is often overwhelmed by it.
Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.
Liz Morrison graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Education and a minor in United States History. Liz uses her knowledge of history to create novels that blend the past and the present while combining mystery, adventure and romance. Liz lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently working on her next novel. Liz's first novel, Soul Mates: When Romance and Reincarnation Collide is YA historical/contemporary published by Brighton Publishing LLC.
Rachelle E. Morrison
Rachelle's a writer of YA/NA/A science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and an avid reader of those genres and so many more. She moved to rainy Seattle from her hometown of San Diego over a decade ago and finds the gloom fitting for the dark tales she weaves. When she's not writing, reading, or working at her day job in advertising, she can be found dancing (ballet, modern, tribal belly), playing with her 3 rescue dogs, and traveling the world with her favorite person (her husband). Rachelle can subsist completely on coffee/tea, wine, books, and laughter. Oh, and nachos.
Tuere Morton writes young adult fiction by night and is a health professional by day, earning an MS from the University of Stony Brook. When she isn’t voraciously reading, the Long Island native’s fearless children and lovable German shepherd serve as inspirations for her stories. She hopes you’ll enjoy the first book in her series, ICON
Colleen S. Myers
Colleen S. Myers was raised in a large catholic family in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she grew up on Harlequin teen romances and stories from her mother’s days as a paramedic. She went on to attend Allegheny College majoring in Biology and English. After college, Colleen spent a year in service in the Americorp giving back to the community at a local Pittsburgh Women Infants and Children Clinic (WICC) before attending Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine on a military scholarship. Her first book, Must Remember, the first book in the Solum series, is published by Champagne Press. The sequel, Can’t Forget, coming in June 2016, is the recipient of the 2015 RWA New England Readers Award. Colleen currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and son, and spends her spare time writing. She is also working on a new contemporary romance.
L.H. Nicole is a seasoned Pastry Chef in our nations capitol and a life long fairytale (Disney and Grimm) lover, believes in love at first sight, is addicted to 80’s & 90’s cartoons and anything that can capture her ADD-way-to-overactive-imagination. Joan Lowery Nixon and L.J. Smith were the first authors she became addicted to and who inspired her to steal away whenever she could to read and write.
Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author who writes books for young adults featuring bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes and bakes the ugliest birthday cakes known to man.
Betsy Norman is first and foremost a midwestern mom who bakes for the team and hollers the loudest to fully embarass her children at their sporting events. Check out the #proudmama hashtag on her Twitter feed for the latest accomplishments of her three thriving spawn. Her day job consists of left brain bookkeeping for a law firm and her husband’s businesses. But Betsy’s dream job lurks in the rare quiet moments when her manic right brain erupts with stories. And of course, she loves her whoopie. Pies, that is.
Young adult and new adult author Heather Novak is in an open relationship…with the love of her life and the fictional characters in her head. After deciding her expensive education should be used to make the world smile, she started writing Happily Ever Afters with a preternatural twist! (Don’t worry, she had to look up that word, too). Focusing on powerful imagery and emotional storytelling - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry - her new book series debuts May 2015!
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She's also a serial smiley user.
Karen Nunes works numbers by day, words by night. She lives in sunny California with her husband, two children, and dogs. She loves her family, the beach, and occasionally raspberry-mango margaritas. Most of her spare time is taken up with reading, and writing. She is currently at work on her second YA Novel.
I write, I travel. Cali born, lived all over, currently splits time between Arizona and Hawaii. Toes in the Sand
I write urban fantasy for young adults and middle grade fantasy books. The action packed pages of my novels are filled with characters who are forced to face fears they never expected. This year I won NaNoWriMo for the first time and completed book two of my YA series. Living in Washington state with my amazing husband and five fantastic kids, I work full time in sales and write in all my spare time. Fiction For the Fearless - #F3Fanatic
Linda J. Parisi
As a research scientist by day and author by night, Linda J. Parisi knows that the perfect formula for a book is making sparks fly with consequences and action, daring heroes and heroines, and characters who never give up or give in. Awarded the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble Blood, and winner of the 4th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest for her novel, The Joining: Bound by Blood, Linda is a long time member of the Romance Writers of America, past board member of New Jersey Romance Writers, current board member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, and member of the YA chapter of RWA. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, John, and a family which includes Audi, a Cocker Spaniel mix who had her at woof!
A resident of Northern California, Gayle is a fantasy geek who loves creating worlds, then writing stories involving characters who have to figure out how to survive in those worlds. A hybrid author and a proud member of Romance Writers of America and several of its chapters, Gayle’s twelve books and three series span the paranormal gamut from Young Adult Fantasy to Adult Paranormal Romance, with a Paranormal Ménage recently added under her pen name, Marie Booth. As long as there’s magic involved, she’s in.
A lover of all things happily-ever-after, a young Shaila would finish reading her Golden Books copy of Cinderella and then chuck it aside -- all because there wasn't an epilogue. (Was it too much to ask what happened after she hooked up with the Prince?) Book 1 of her multicultural teen paranormal, Soulmated, is coming out April 2017 from Month 9 Books. She's also working on a multicultural new adult contemporary. Rep'd by Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates.
I've been writing most of my life, and I joined RWA a few short years ago. I love all the romance categories, but I have a soft spot for paranormal romance. I'm currently writing my first YA paranormal. I love to travel and incorporate those settings into my writing in some way.
Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She worked in engineering, then decided to follow Elle Woods to law school. Unhappy still, she realized her obvious dream after penning stories all her life. She wanted to be a writer. With her full time job of teaching, she sold six books to three different publishers and in 2015 won Kindle Scout.
Tabatha Pope (formerly Perry) spent 7 years as a librarian working with teens and tweens. She is active in the Texas Library Association and has served on several committees as well as running a booth to PROMOTE book festivals and authors across Texas. Tabatha was a committee member of the Montgomery County Teen Book Festival for four years before becoming the President of the new Montgomery County Book Festival in 2012 and was instrumental in the transition of the festival to non-profit organization that promotes the love of reading and literacy in Montgomery County, TX.
India Powers writes paranormal historical romances set in England. She enjoys living in the Midwest the seven months it isn't winter, learning about the craft of writing, and watching sci-fi/fantasy shows and movies.