Shari Arnold writes stories and takes photographs. She likes loud music, dessert before dinner and mild weather, preferably all at the same time. She lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband and their two young children. Find her online at shariarnold.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter.
Rebecca Behrens is a writer and kid-lit production editor who lives in New York City. Books are her favorite things, but she also loves: Wisconsin, bright shoes, running, and doughnuts. Her upper-MG debut, WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE, is coming in February 2014 from Sourcebooks. Follow her on Twitter.
Christine Fonseca is a critically acclaimed author of YA fiction and self-help books for kids, teens, and parents. Her books include Lacrimosa (2012), Transcend (2012) and the upcoming Dominus in fiction and Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students (2010), 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids (2011), and the highly anticipated Girl Guide (Spring 2013) and Quiet Kids (Fall 2013) in nonfiction. She can be found hanging out on her blog, facebook and twitter.
Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco and is the author of two young adult novels, IF I LIE and TOUCHED. Her third novel, PUSHED, will be out on November 26, 2012. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Visit her at CorrineJackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson.
S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable and Uncontrollable (a teen wilderness thriller) Unstoppable is scheduled for September 2013. Shelli is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) and a Silver medalist in the IPPY Best Fiction in YA. She was also nominated for as Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult of 2012, and a Finalist in the US Book News Best Book in YA Fiction.
Shelli lives in Atlanta and has an MBA with over 18 years of marketing experience. She is currently represented by Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Nikki Katz is an author, social media consultant, editor, mom, rocket scientist, reality TV addict ... and is currently writing her (not) first YA manuscript. She lives in San Diego with her three uber-busy kids and equally busy husband, squeezing in writing in carpool lines and wherever possible. Follow her on twitter.
Jessica Love is a middle school / high school teacher, a writer of contemporary YA romance represented by Jill Corcoran of the Herman Agency, a blogger for YA Confidential, and she's working on her MFA in writing for children and young adults. You could say she's a little obsessed with all things teen. She's also obsessed with music, carbs, fangirling on tumblr, and talking to her dog in silly voices. Follow her on twitter or Tumblr.
Gretchen McNeil is the author of YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN and 3:59 (Fall 2013) as well as the upcoming YA mystery/suspense series Don't Get Mad, beginning in 2014 with GET EVEN and continuing in 2015 with GET DIRTY. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday." She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
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Tracey Neithercott is a journalist who writes mostly about health but sometimes about famous people. She also writes YA sci-fi novels and reads when she should be socializing. Or so her mother says. As a teen, she spent a full year aspiring to be a CIA agent, mainly to dress up like Sydney Bristow on Alias. Find her on Twitter.
Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster)
Katy Upperman writes young adult stories about cool girls, cute boys, and steamy kisses. She's represented by Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency, and she blogs at YA Confidential. Once a fifth grade teacher, she's now a wife, mama, avid reader, and country music fanatic. She loves long runs, warm weather, and she's addicted to Jelly Bellies. Follow her on twitter.
Carolina Valdez Miller writes books about teenagers who deal with normal stuff in extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes she gives them magic. Carol blogs at www.carolinavaldezmiller.com and is a founding member of The Kindness Project, a blog devoted to kindness. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, two beans, and a freakishly cute dog named Snowflake Princess Buttercup. You can find her at her personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, and sometimes Walmart. Everybody goes there.
Stasia Ward Kehoe is the author of AUDITION (2011) and the upcoming THE SOUND OF LETTING GO (Winter 2014), both from Viking/Penguin. She grew up dancing and acting on New England stage, then moved to Washington, DC, and later New York, choreographing everything from theatrical productions to magic acts. She now lives with her husband and four sons in the Pacific Northwest. Find her online at her blog, Facebook, and @swkehoe on Twitter.