Michelle Andreani was born and raised in New York City and has never lived anywhere else. (But she would like to try at some point.) She loves staying in, going out dancing, the word “whimsy”, and Luna Lovegood. And her favorite stories have big hearts and swooning. THE WAY BACK TO YOU, a YA contemporary novel told in dual narrative, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in 2016.
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald. Her debut YA novel, GENESIS GIRL will be published by Month9Books in 2016, with the sequel releasing in 2017. Jennifer is also a member of SCBWI and The Sweet Sixteens debut author group, and was recently a judge in the Pitch Plus One writing contest sponsored by Adventures in YA Publishing. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer lives near Seattle, WA.
Ashley Herring Blake used to write songs and now she writes books. She reads them a lot too. She likes coffee, her boys, Sea Wolf and Glasser and other excellent music, guitars, anything with pumpkin in it, stuff hued in Tiffany blue, scarves, and walks. She doesn’t like olives or soggy asparagus, or humidity and has not a lick of visual artistic talent. Ashley lives in Nashville, TN with her witty husband and two boisterous little boys. Previous jobs include songwriter and performer (though she made about enough money to cover the gas to the gigs), substitute teacher, barista, Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist, teacher in a school for kids with autism, and, the hardest job in the world, mommyhood. That last one is still happening, along with lots of word making. SUFFER LOVE, a YA contemporary novel that follows two teens as they wade through an intense relationship complicated by their parents’ infidelities, is her first novel and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR in 2016.
Jennie K. Brown is an award-winning high school English teacher, freelance magazine writer, and author of children’s books. Her middle grade novel POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY will be published in August 2016 by Month9Books (Tantrum Books imprint), with a sequel to follow in December of that year. She currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA) and is an active member of SCBWI, NCTE, and ALAN. She is a regular contributor to the SCBWI Eastern PA and PCTELA blogs.
Jennifer DiGiovanni lives in a small town near Philadelphia, PA with her husband and three children. In college, she double majored in English and business, and later went back to school for her MBA. She currently works as a freelance writer and owns a small business. When she’s not doing any of those things, you can find her cheering at her kids’ soccer games, working on home design projects, reading, or running (though she’s much better at walking). At night, when her house is finally quiet, she brings her YA characters to life. MY SENIOR YEAR OF AWESOME is her first novel and will be published by YA – Swoon Romance in 2016.
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s debut, FIRSTS, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press in 2016. Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles. Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
(Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction. Her debut YA novel IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING will be published by Month9Books in 2016. As an Army brat, Jenny traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and ever-lasting love. When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring, and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.
Catherine Lo is a high school teacher who has the good fortune to work with some of the most creative and personable kids around. She keeps her classroom bookshelves stocked with the latest YA fiction, and considers it her personal mission to match even the most reluctant readers with books that will speak to them. Catherine lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her husband and two children, who make her laugh every day and are extremely tolerant of her writerly obsessions. Catherine’s debut novel, HOW IT ENDS, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers in Spring 2016.
Sarah Glenn Marsh grew up in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. Now, she lives in the Richmond area with her brilliant husband and four senior greyhounds. When she’s not writing, bowling, or playing board games with her husband, she can usually be found antiquing or researching her family’s genealogy. Her debut YA historical fantasy, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, follows a girl on the Isle of Man who tries to convince her town of the dangers in the water before the ocean claims everyone she loves. This is her first novel, and it will be published in the spring of 2016 by Sky Pony Press.
Sonya Mukherjee grew up in California’s Gold Country, where she spent a lot of time sitting in trees, reading books and writing stories in her head. Now she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends a lot of time sitting in coffee shops, reading books and writing stories on her laptop. Sonya likes to play board games with her husband and kids, watch the kids’ soccer games, and scare them with her terrible dancing. Sonya’s debut novel, GEMINI (Simon & Schuster), will be out in summer 2016.
Shannon M. Parker lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and sons. As a young adult, restlessness drove her to backpack throughout dozens of countries, adventures she found far less intimidating than high school. She has since devoted her life to education and holds degrees from three New England universities. She can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter, ideally, at the same time. THE GIRL WHO FELL is her first novel and will be published by Simon Pulse in 2016.
Marisa Reichardt is a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. She has a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and dual undergraduate degrees in literature and creative writing from UC San Diego. She spent her college years shucking oysters, waiting tables, and peddling swimwear. She has spent her post-grad years writing, tutoring, and teaching. She currently lives with her family in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over her laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean. Her debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be published by FSG/Macmillan on 1/12/16. She is represented by Kate Testerman of KT Literary.
Meghan Rogers has been telling stories since she could talk and writing creatively since she was first introduced to the concept in third grade. She spent her high school years completing her first novel, and has been actively writing ever since. After college, Meghan went on to work with high school writers while earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She currently lives in the Philadelphia area and is hard at work on her next book. CROSSING THE LINE is her debut novel, and the first in The Raven Files series for Philomel.
Erin L. SchneiderSUMMER OF SLOANE, will be out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.
Janet B. Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you’ll totally miss it. (Cause, you know, you can’t sneeze with your eyes open. For real–try it–it’s impossible.) She lives with her Prince Charming, their two hilarious sons, and Dorda the diabetic dog who won’t win any beauty contests, but has a “really nice personality”. Janet’s debut, INTO THE DIM (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a YA Adventure/Time Travel, which comes out Spring of 2016, with the sequel due in 2017.
Darcy Woods had three big loves in grade school: Reading, writing, and pizza day. Some things never change. She now lives in Michigan with her madly supportive husband, and two tuxedo cats who overdress for everything. Once upon a time, she was in a US Army aviation unit and threw live grenades. Now she throws words. SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS, a YA contemporary romance, is Darcy’s first novel and will be published by Random House/Crown BFYR in May 2016.