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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.
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.
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.”
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. Julie is represented by Anne Tibbets.
Brandy Woods Snow
Brandy Woods Snow is an author and journalist born, raised and currently living in beautiful Upstate South Carolina. She earned a BA in English/Writing from Clemson University and worked in corporate communications and the media for more than 17 years before pursuing her true passion of novel writing. Her debut novel MEANT TO BE BROKEN launches July 2018. When Brandy’s not writing, reading, spending time with her husband or driving carpool for her three kids, she enjoys kayaking, family hikes, yelling “Go Tigers!” as loud as she can, playing the piano and taking “naked” Jeep Wrangler cruises on country roads.
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.
Janet Raye Stevens
2018 RWA Golden Heart& winner Janet Raye Stevens writes YA, mystery, and paranormal and contemporary romance, all with a dash of humor. A YARWA Rosemary and Daphne award winner, Janet lives with her family in Massachusetts, where she indulges her hobbies of drinking copious amounts of tea (Earl Gray, hot) plotting revenge (best served cold), and creating fictional worlds populated with cool chicks and hot guys.
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.
Nancy Thorne is an award-winning author inspired by the romance and courage of youth. Her short fiction has most recently appeared in The First Line Literary Journal. Victorian Town is her debut novel. When not writing or reading, you can find her going on road trips or conjuring up untested recipes for brave family members and friends. She lives just outside of Toronto with her husband, two sons, an energetic labrador and entertaining corgi.
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.