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Jennifer pretends to be organized in a sea of to-do lists while chauffeuring around her two children to their endless activities. While waiting in the car, she sips her coffee and escapes to make-believe worlds full of destiny, love, and strength. If she has any spare time, she bakes sweet treats, dances with her children to the music in her head, and curls up on the couch with her husband to binge watch Netflix. Since she lives in the southeast, Jennifer takes every opportunity to drink sweet tea and say “y’all” whenever she can fit it in a conversation.
Hillary is a military wife and a mother of two girls. She currently resides in sunny FL. She loves a good book and the beach, preferably the two together. And when she's not writing, she can be found surviving off of coffee & wine.
David is a game designer, voice actor, and novelist. He has published the tabletop roleplaying games Modernity and Starcrossed. The collection of short stories "No Tomorrow: Postcards from the End" won the eLit Gold Medal for Short Fiction in 2014, which David shared with his coauthors (and older two children). When he's not playing games, David is writing contemporary occult noir (urban fantasy), science fiction, and YA fantasy romance.
Lynda is an award winning story teller living on a farm in Kentucky. Born in the splendid Appalachian Mountains the daughter of a coal miner and part-Cherokee Indian, Lynda grew up in northern Kentucky when Newport prospered as a gambling, prostitution and sin mecca under the Mob. Her fascination history’s effect on today’s lives works its way into her written pages. After a corporate career in marketing and global transportation this free spirited adventurer with workaholic tendencies followed her passion with for writing. Gold Lust Conspiracy is her award-winning historical debut novel published by Sweetwater Publishing Company. RITA finalist romantic suspense Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine of The Bloodline Series set in Kentucky horse country is followed by several. Lynda’s first middle-grade children’s book, Freckle Face & Blondie, co-authored with her granddaughter Harley Nelson launches March, 2018.
Dawn Riddoch is happily married with two teenage boys. She is a self-professed adventurer, writer, storyteller and nature lover. Dawn is currently writing a young adult fantasy novel.
Lisa Brown Roberts
Lisa still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and penciling them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write contemporary YA novels about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. Lisa is the author of PLAYING THE PLAYER and HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE (Entangled Teen). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.
A.M. Rose grew up in California, lived in Florida for eight years and now resides in Texas with her husband, two boys and three (yes, three) cats. By day, she is a Domestic CEO. By night, she is a literary agency intern, avid reader, writer, critiquer, (is that even a word?) and trampoline enthusiast. Hobbies include: SnapChatting, and dreaming up ways to "kill her darlings." Ann is a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and a minor in underwater basket weaving. (Okay, maybe not the basket weaving part.) Member of SCBWI, RWA, YARWA, NJRW
Jessica Ruddick lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dustbunnies that has taken up residence in her home. Jessica’s 2014 Golden Heart finalist books, Letting Go, was released in 2015 from Entangled Publishing.
Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and a current writing mentor in online pitch contests. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. Born and raised in Kalamazoo where there are no zoos, she’s a Midwest girl at heart. She now lives outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find her chatting about TV and all things books on twitter and Instagram. Her debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself is set for 2016 release by Bloomsbury Spark.
Award winning author of young adult books, including PIECES of LOVE, HEAVEN is for HEROES, ON THIN ICE, and Holt Medallion winner SAVAGE CINDERELLA, PJ Sharon loves writing for teens and teens at heart. Her latest work, HEALING WATERS, completes The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA dystopian trilogy that RT Book Reviews calls “An action-packed read with a strong female lead.”
Angela Shelley was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and twins. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging hidden cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard. Angela studied biology and professional writing at the University of Victoria in Canada and at San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, technical manuals for software, and freelance journalism before writing fiction. Angela writes for the author coalition Patchwork Press. Her first novel, Ennara and the Fallen Druid, won a silver medal for best pre-teen ebook in the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
Julie is a true Florida girl, even though she lived in Minnesota until the age of five when her mother refused to raise three kids in that arctic mess and moved the family south. Regardless of any climate, Julie has always had a passion to write dark, edgy stories and found her niche in the world of young adult fiction. She is represented by Leigh Feldman.
Sammi Spizziri writes YA romance from a small town in northern Illinois. She has attended writing conferences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and dreams of the day her first novel is published. When she's not lost in writing (or reading) a new book, she works as an accountant. Boy bands, rec league volleyball, and chai tea lattes are a few of her favorite things.
When not writing young adult fiction, Bonnie Staring works as a freelance copywriter, uses a lot of coupons and has appeared on a few game shows. (Don’t get too excited—they were Canadian game shows, so she’s still using those coupons.) Bonnie considers laughter her favorite form of exercise and has proven time and time again that it’s impossible to die from embarrassment. Her young adult manuscript, Camp Awakening, was a 2013 Golden Heart® finalist. She’s still excited about that and looks forward to many more squee-worthy moments during her publishing career.
Mary is a recovering lawyer who, when not injuring herself playing sports, writes YA, romantic comedy, and women’s fiction. Her debut novel was Golden Heart winner Cooper’s Folly, and her four-book Bennet Sisters YA series, starting with Pride, Prejudice, and Push-Up Bras, is now available.
Forever optimistic and easily amused, TL Sumner writes young adult romance with strong, athletic heroines chasing their dreams on and off the playing field. She lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and their two children. Aside from writing, and a day job working in the information technology sector, she enjoys running and being the number one fan for her kids’ sporting events. TL is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist (2015 & 2016) in the Young Adult category.
Putting my Seminary degree to good use by writing romance novels.
The author of The Zone series and ABOUT LAST SUMMER from Swoon Romance, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.
Laurie Treacy is a fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary YA and NA romance writer. A graduate of Marist College, she lives in New York's picturesque Hudson Valley with her husband, three children, and various pets. When not book blogging, she’s a proud Whovian and Miyazaki fangirl, loves reading, photography, frozen Goobers, and watching movies or anime. Laurie is a member of the SCBWI and RWA.