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Sheri Queen writes stories that cross genre boundaries, feature strong heroines, and plenty of romance. Her muse resides in Central Pennsylvania where it gathers inspiration from some unusual sources, such as newspaper clippings from the 1880s and antique quilts. Years as a navy wife, raising three children, and corralling numerous pets have given her much fodder for her books. She holds an English degree from Penn State and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
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.
McKinley R. writes young adult fantasy and science fiction novels. She lives in Portland, Oregon and when not wrangling characters and plots, wrangles her twins. Sometimes successfully.
Morgan Rhodes, also known as Michelle Rowen, is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult high fantasy series, Falling Kingdoms. As Michelle Rowen she’s an award-winning author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult novels, as well as being a former president of Toronto Romance Writers.
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.
C.F. Robinson spent years working with teens throughout the U.S. and Europe. She now resides in the Rockies with her husband, three kids, two dogs, cat, and the periodic black bear. And bats. Hundreds of bats. She writes a fusion of sci-fi and fantasy for young adults. If you don't find her at her laptop, she's probably attacking trails on her mountain bike, rafting some rapids, or sneaking one more forbidden cup of coffee past her limit.
J.K. Rock is the pseudonym for writing partners- and sisters-in-law- Joanne and Karen Rock. Sharing a love of young adult fiction, marathon shopping and men with the last name “Rock,” the two teamed up to write Camp Boyfriend and found they had a whole lot more to say than what could fit in one book. And while they love the team approach for YA, both Joanne and Karen write adult romance under their own names as well.
I started writing at the age of nine with a cute little poem to my dad. I think rabbits were involved, but don't quote me. I wrote poetry and short stories until my early 20s when I finally decided to write a full length novel. After joining RWA, I ended up finishing several manuscripts but nothing quite seemed right. It wasn't until I became a book blogger for Young Adult books that I really found the genre I was meant to write in. I've rejoined RWA and am working on my new beginning, my first YA manuscript.
Suzie T. Roos
Young adult & new adult contemporary romance author, Suzie T. Roos, is known for creating characters that readers relate to, root for, and fall in love with. Her teen romance novels depict feminine grit and determination through adversity. Her first novel, Girl Spoken For, is the first in a YA trilogy. Suzie lives in St. Louis with her husband, two children and one determined West Highland Terror--sorry, Terrier!
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.
I am a dancer, artist, cosplayer, gamer and life-long geek who loves dragons, dogs, especially corgis and cattle dogs, pie, pumpkins and any discussion focused on mythology and symbolism. I write science fiction/fantasy romance for all ages and write and illustrate children’s book fairytales.
Award-winning author Nisha Sharma was raised in the countryside of Northeast, Pennsylvania. With very little to do in a small town, Nisha filled her spare time with eighties music, Bollywood movies, and lots of romance novels. When she ran out of romances to read at her local library, she started writing sequels to her favorites and she’s been writing ever since. Nisha lives in central Jersey where she is surrounded by books and movie theaters that play Bollywood movies all the time. Her young adult romance ‘My So-Called Bollywood Life’ comes out in the Spring of 2016 with Crown Books for Young Readers.
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.
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.
Carole St-Laurent is a French-Canadian living in sunny South Carolina. She writes historical romance and young adult fiction. Not published yet, but working hard! She is an avid tennis player and writes b-montly about health, writing and food.
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.
Cindy Holby first became published in 2002 with her historical western Chase The Wind. Since that time she has written eleven historicals, three sci/fi romances, one time travel, four young adult novels and two short stories. Cindy lives in NC with her husband Rob, her doxie Cody and two cats, Cisco and Dax. She also works with the humane society and has a blog about rescue titled Authors For Animals. Kassy Tayler is represented by Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency.
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Downton Abbey, anyone?
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.