MaryJean Adams

MaryJean Adams

Mary Jean read her first romance novel in seventh grade, and she was hooked. She tried her hand at a soap opera in her English journal. Her teacher was not impressed, but that didn’t stop her. Today, she lives in North Dakota with her husband, two cats, and the world’s ugliest fish. She also has two adult children who still visit her frequently. It doesn’t hurt that she feeds them well.

Ibrahim Ashmawey

Ibrahim Ashmawey

Ibrahim Ashmawey is a passionate Orange County based Film & Television Writer widely known for his vivid, emotionally-moving writing style. He has written for a multitude of prominent media outlets like Disney Channel. He has also both written & produced numerous independent films. One of his most recent ventures is serving as a Story Consultant on Batman v Superman. Infinitely dedicated to his community, Ibrahim spends a lot of his free time immersed in volunteer work.

C.T. Babcock

C.T. Babcock

C.T. Babcock is a soul surfer who currently lives in Sunset Beach, CA. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Western State University, College of Law as well as an undergraduate in Philosophy from CSU. He was a featured writer on the Dictum Legal Journal. He currently writes in multiple genres, including Sci-Fi, YA & Mystery. His writing style is dynamic & innovative, w/ a heavy emphasis on twisting standard tropes around against themselves, to create unique and memorable characters.

Rob Baddorf

Rob Baddorf

As a child, Rob Baddorf could never finish reading “The Wind in the Willows” because he simply never wanted the story to end. Now, he plays with the scissors and glue as the Creative Director for an educational publishing company. When he is not eating the paste, he is writing for middle-grade audiences. Rob lives in Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife and three playful children who provide lots of inspiration.

Gracelyn Bateman

Gracelyn Bateman

Gracelyn graduated with a B.S. in Sociology from Santa Clara University, and she received a master's degree in Sociology from Columbia University. She spent five years working in digital media in NYC and currently lives in LA. Gracelyn is passionate about understanding the life experiences of others. Her role at Luna Peak Company combines her educational background in Sociology with an opportunity to engage with people who have overcome obstacles in their lives.

Richard Bellamy

Richard Bellamy

Richard was an instructor at New York Film Academy after studying English, then Film, going on to direct and produce films and TV. After qualifying in law and working for BBC Worldwide, he chose to abandon this career path to look after his autistic son. This career change allowed him to focus on writing. Despite being dyslexic, writing was where he found a voice and his love of storytelling. Richard is a father of three.

Lee Barber

Lee Barber

Lee credits her working-class background with the development of her sensitivity, insight & a longing for social justice, all of which contribute to a love for happy endings. That love, combined with a lifelong appreciation for the value & worth of older adults, led to her passion for Geriatric Romance. When she's not writing, Lee counsels nursing home residents, organizes her house, crochets & hangs with friends and family. Lee has a license to change the world, and she’s not afraid to use it.

Julie L Belshe

Julie L Belshe

Before professional guardian April Parks kidnapped her parents, Julie was a homemaker raising three kids. After Julie’s fight to free her parents became national news. Casey Kasem’s daughter Kerri, hired her as an advocate at the Kasem Cares Foundation. Today, she is an internationally recognized activist committed to restoring freedom to Americans like her parents and exposing the system that ripped it away. Julie lives in Las Vegas with her husband Scott and dad Rudy.

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is the author of many award-winning books for children. Her stories, such as Not Norman, A Goldfish Story, a Jumpstart Read for the Record book; Vampire Baby; Dance, Y’all, Dance; Dad and Pop; and One Day I Went Rambling, an Illinois Library Association’s iREAD selection, celebrate imagination, families, friends, pets… all that goes into being a kid! For more information, please visit her website, www.kellybennett.com and blog. http://kellybennett.com/blog/

Suleena Bibra

Suleena Bibra

Suleena Bibra has read romance in one form or another since she could pick her own books. She occasionally branches out to other genres, but really, what's the point if there's no kissing? Suleena writes RomComs, heavy on shenanigans and banter, with the occasional chicanery. She lives with her husband and stubborn, but adorable, bulldog (who also doubles as her writing assistant).

Amy Brewer

Amy Brewer

Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer are hometown Missouri friends who share a passion for reading, writing, and raising children. With six teenagers between them, they are steeped in a world of angst and drama. They have focused their teen expertise into writing with an authentic teen voice. Their book Texting Prince Charming recently released. They currently have a series in progress, a young adult fantasy romance, The Blood Reader.

Shauna Brittenham

Shauna Brittenham

Shauna Brittenham has always told stories. Stories about refugees as a Political Science major in college, about Pilgrims as a Montessori schoolteacher, and about heartbreak as a singer-songwriter. When her son was born, one night during a 2 am feed, a new story began: the story of a young woman in Manhattan yearning to break free from the past and paint a brighter future. The story of Only Simply Love. Shauna lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two children working on her own story.

Sally Brown

Sally Brown

Sally currently lives in Northern Virginia, making her home between the ocean and mountains. A graduate of University of Mary Washington with a Bachelors in Business Administration, her true interest is as an avid author of LGBT Fantasy. Sally is long-time pescatarian and a devout coffee fanatic. She spends her time in pursuit of a balance between reading about life and living it.

Emily Baron Cadloff

Emily Baron Cadloff

Emily Baron Cadloff is a writer and journalist, reporting for television, radio, and websites across the globe for nearly ten years. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and Red River College, she’s covered everything from breaking news to a cat fashion show - and she’s loved every minute. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and dog.

Kelly Cain

Kelly Cain

Kelly Cain is a multicultural romance author. She loves reading most genres but don’t ask her to pick just one. However, she can pick her favorite book boyfriend – Will Herondale – although Jamie Fraser is a close second. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s most likely researching genealogy or cooking/baking something delightful. She has two adult daughters, and a new granddaughter, and lives in Austin, Texas.

Kara Cargill

Kara Cargill

Kara Cargill is a stay at home mom of two who always provide her with inspiration for her books. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction she can be found playing with her kids, learning to build fires and cook in Dutch Ovens with her husband, or hanging out with friends. She’s an active member of her church and leans on her faith during hard times. Kara lives in a small town in South Carolina with her husband, two children, & their pets.

Patty Carothers

Patty Carothers

Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer are hometown Missouri friends who share a passion for reading, writing, and raising children. With six teenagers between them, they are steeped in a world of angst and drama. They have focused their teen expertise into writing with an authentic teen voice. Their book Texting Prince Charming recently released. They currently have a series in progress, a young adult fantasy romance, The Blood Reader.

Chrystal Carver

Chrystal Carver

Chrystal started her career in Project Management and Operational Excellence. She is now the writer, baker, and food photographer behind a popular gluten-free food blog. When Chrystal’s not in the kitchen baking, she’s traveling the globe and writing new adventures for middle-grade and young-adult readers. Chrystal currently lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters.

Joe Chianakas

Joe Chianakas

Joe Chianakas started teaching high school English in 2001 and now is a professor of communication at Illinois Central College. Growing up, he knew he always wanted to be an author. His first book series, Rabbit in Red, became a pop culture phenomenon, as tens of thousands of copies were picked up by pop. When he's not writing or teaching, he takes his Australian Shepherd, Bailey, on endless walks who never runs out of energy.

Erica Christensen

Erica Christensen

Erica Christensen writes all across the board from Romance and Thrillers to Children's Picture Books as L.C Ryan and Poetry as E. Mishele. She was born and raised in the Heartland of America and now resides near the beautiful Emerald Coast with her family of five and her sassy, spunky lab-pit mix named Kali. Her poetry collections have been featured in the top 100 of Women's Poetry on Amazon, one of which ranked #1. "Your limitation--it's only your imagination." --Unknown

Ryder Hunte Clancy

Ryder Hunte Clancy

After Ryder graduated from BYU, she vowed she would never write another research paper again. She was done. Now, she’s a stay-at-home mother racking up the word count on the laptop while her little ones sleep. She attributes much of this newfound writing craze to her marriage to a Scotsman. After visiting her husband’s homeland, the magic of the country sent her brain twitching, which birthed the inspiration for her debut novel: a Middle Grade fantasy set in the set in the Highlands of Scotland.

Sharon Clark

Sharon Clark

Sharon L. Clark works as a marketing content copywriter and editor for SPOKE Communications in Des Moines, Iowa. After college, she met her husband Andrew and, together, they have raised three interesting and independent children and two spoiled dogs. Her most recent published work, “Return to Me” can be found in the Halloween anthology Chills Down Your Spine, and she also has a collection of short stories and serials available on her website.

Megan Clements

Megan Clements

It doesn’t matter if she’s chasing kids, spending time with her husband, or off on a new adventure, Megan Clements always seems to have a story churning in the back of her mind. Her MG Fantasy, THE KEEPER OF KEY, was chosen to participate in Pitch Wars where she learned the art of revision…and more revision.

Ashley Coleman

Ashley Coleman

Ashley Coleman is a writer and project manager based in Philadelphia. Navigating two professional worlds, she has worked full-time at a premier music organization for the last nine years. In addition, building a personal brand where she writes essays and personal stories revolving around identity, music, and pop culture. In June 2017, she launched an online community in “Permission to Write” that cultivates and amplifies the voices of Black writers and writers of color.

R.T. Coleman

R.T. Coleman

R.T. Coleman grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she nurtured a passion for reading and writing while nestled among blankets and pillows in her bedroom closet. Her love of science fiction was born when she saw Star Wars in the theater in 1977, and she was incredibly disappointed when she realized she could never actually be Princess Leia when she grew up. Since then she's lived in Texas and Minnesota and worn many hats, including mom, middle school teacher, college professor, and more.

Brittany Cooper

Brittany Cooper

Brittany Cooper and Erin Dulin are sisters with a lifelong passion for storytelling and reading. The writing team often jokes that they share a brain, amusing themselves with their active imaginations and outlandish humor. Brittany is a newly married cosmetologist who spends her free time gaming, crafting and baking. Erin is a military wife and mother. When she isn’t busy shuttling her kids around town, she can be found in the kitchen or watching NHL hockey and college football.

Angela Crocker

Angela Crocker

Angela has been writing stories since she was old enough to talk – 1st w/ crayons and paint, later w/ words & sentences – always w/ magic, horses, & brave heroines. After studying English, psychology, & art, Angela earned a B.A. from Southwest Baptist University, eventually finding her way back to novel writing. When she isn't writing, you can find her reading obsessively, hiking in the mountains, gardening, restoring her Victorian home with husband Jeremy, or geeking-out over comics w/ son Will

Meagan Dallner

Meagan Dallner

Meagan Dallner grew up in beautiful Colorado and now raises her own family in the suburbs of Denver. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Colorado at Denver after completing an Associate of Applied Sciences of Diesel Technology Degree. When blessed with spare time, Meagan enjoys running, making blanket forts, and hiking with her family. She is a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, SCBWI, and Sisters in Crime.

Eagan Daniels

Eagan Daniels

Eagan Daniels has a Master’s degree in English, and a Bachelor’s in Photography. If there were such a thing as an advanced degree in fangirling, she would certainly have earned that, as well. Her interests include sports photography, live music, literature, and male musicians who wear eyeliner. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.

Teagan Dawson

Teagan Dawson

Teagan is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Sciences and Georgia State College of Law with a focus on contract law. After decades self-denial, Teagan transitioned in 2018. Her writing then shifted towards stories of Romance & Fantasy featuring themes of acceptance, love, and overcoming the burdens of one’s past for her LGBTQ+ characters. She maintains her residence in her home state of Georgia.

Eva Des Lauriers

Eva Des Lauriers

Eva is a writer, reader, toddler-chaser, patriarchy-smasher, and noted gabber. Before pursuing writing full-time, she was an MSW working with children and adolescents. Forever a teenager in her heart, she believes that adolescence is the richest and most complex of experiences to be excavated. She writes about writing, motherhood, television, and more on her blog, Brimming. Her work has been featured on HelloGiggles, Motherly, and XoJane.

Katelyn Diane

Katelyn Diane

Katelyn Diane writes heartwarming fiction to inspire others to embrace life and overcome hardships. Her stories often take place in Colorado where she was born and raised. She now lives on a small farm in Minnesota with her husband and son and their beloved dog Gunner. If she’s not writing, you’ll most likely find her outside exploring with her son, riding horses, or gardening.

Heather DiAngelis

Heather DiAngelis

Heather produces engineering journals by day and writes young adult novels by night. If she has enough energy on the weekends, she can be found binge-watching shows with a cat nearby, losing light saber battles against her husband and son, and perpetually wishing for more time. She focuses on the intersectionality surrounding queer characters, with the hope that a teenager will someday find themselves in one of her stories.

Jill Donaldson

Jill Donaldson

Jillene Donaldson creates stories for children & teens. She’s a member of SCBWI & OWFI. Jill graduated as valedictorian; completed an AA in English Literature for which she won the Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English; & then earned a BA all while working fulltime & raising 2 awesome boys w/ her husband. She loves putting frozen fruit in drinks & most anything with cheese or chocolate. She lives w/ her husband in Oklahoma City.

Arthur Doweyko

Arthur Doweyko

Arthur writes science fiction and fantasy. As a PhD scientist, he invented novel drug design software and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, an anti-cancer drug. Novels: Algorithm (2010 RPLA) and As Wings Unfurl (Best Pre-Pub Sci-Fi 2014 RPLA); Anthology: My Shorts (13 short stories, pub 2017). Many of his short stories have garnered awards, including Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition.

Erin Dulin

Erin Dulin

Brittany Cooper and Erin Dulin are sisters with a lifelong passion for storytelling and reading. The writing team often jokes that they share a brain, amusing themselves with their active imaginations and outlandish humor. Brittany is a newly married cosmetologist who spends her free time gaming, crafting and baking. Erin is a military wife and mother. When she isn’t busy shuttling her kids around town, she can be found in the kitchen or watching NHL hockey and college football.

Stephanie Eding

Stephanie Eding

Stephanie is the author of women’s fiction and pirate stories. She works as an editor, cleans when she’s stressed, and hates cooking but loves to eat. Away from her desk, she’s a wife, mother of two hilarious human children, servant to eight sassy cats, and wrangler of one goofy bulldog.

Douglas Esper

Douglas Esper

Douglas is the father of two, husband of one, and he & his family live in Cleveland, Ohio. Douglas was the percussionist for Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains) until Chuck's death in 2017. His recent publications include: "A Life of Inches", a new adult/sports fiction novel (Limitless Publishing), “My Wife’s Favorite,” a horror short found in the anthology, “A Matter Of Words” (ScoutMedia), and a nonfiction memoir, “Reintroducing Chuck Mosley: Life On and Off the Road” (ScoutMedia 2020).

Sonyo Estavillo

Sonyo Estavillo

Sonyo Estavillo has a bachelor’s degree in film production and a master’s in television, radio, and film from Newhouse at Syracuse University, plus several writing and filmmaking awards. Her publishing credits include numerous news articles, blogs visited by over 1.4 million readers, and a robust social media platform. A passionate writer since childhood, she is currently working on her third manuscript while juggling motherhood and career as a content producer.

Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

Natalie Blank graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BFA in Acting and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance and Culture. She writes primarily YA contemporary, focusing on mental health and family relationships. She resides in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and zealous cocker spaniel.

Julia Fine

Julia Fine

Julia Fine is a writer and sociocultural linguist. A graduate of Stanford University, she writes what she loves to read—fantasy novels featuring queer romances. In both her writing and her research, she is a strong advocate of LGBTQ+ rights, particularly the rights of the asexual-spectrum and bisexual communities of which she is a part. She currently lives in California, where she enjoys riding horses, gardening, and baking increasingly elaborate pies.

Caroline Flynn

Caroline Flynn

Caroline Flynn is a Canadian writer from Northern Ontario. She doesn't have to imagine what small-town life is like—she lives it every day. Caroline loves everything book related, whether it’s reading them or writing them, and she's the dog-mom of an eccentric brindle boxer named Jazz (who makes an appearance in Pups, Cakes, & Wedding Dates!). Caroline uses her coffee addiction to fuel her writing passion, and she can’t imagine devoting her life to being anything other than an author.

Meredith Fraser

Meredith Fraser

Meredith creates stories for children & children at heart. She’s a member of SCBWI & OWFI. She received 1st place in the picture book category at the OWFI annual writing contest. Meredith taught 1st grade before becoming a mother of 3. When she isn’t writing or exploring nature w/ her 3 grandchildren, she’s helping her husband w/ the 3,700-acre museum & wildlife preserve he manages. She lives in OK w/ her husband, a stray cat, & a rescue dog.

Korynn Wible-Freels

Korynn Wible-Freels

As a writer who is passionate about children, family, and faith, Korynn Wible-Freels finds great joy in authoring anything from Christian picture books to middle grade fantasy novels. Korynn is an established author with Hallmark Gold Crown and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, having written over thirty titles for the two organizations. She is thrilled to be represented by Lauren Miller and the Metamorphosis family as she pursues her own personal writing projects.

Ryan P Freeman

Ryan P Freeman

Ryan P Freeman is a fantasy author & fellow adventurer. After miraculously surviving childhood cancer, he launched into talk radio. Ryan’s a pastor, International Red Cross speaker, & medieval-enthusiast; loves sampling craft-beers, & is an unapologetically proud kilt-wearer. His interests range from exploring real-world pan-mythology, to survivalist camping & copious video gaming. Ryan’s also a member of the St Louis Writers Guild, the Missouri Writers Guild, & Hannibal Writers Guild (founder)

Jean-Maré Gagliardi

Jean-Maré Gagliardi

You say, Romance, Jean-Maré says, Yes, please. She’s been a hopeless romantic since she published her first poem in South Africa at the age of 14. The paranormal romance author used to spend her 10-hour work days as an accountant, daydreaming about every scenario of falling in love. She lives with her husband and two kids in Minnesota with a picket fence and all.

Samantha Gassman

Samantha Gassman

Originally from England, Samantha is a children’s book writer, runner, toddler-herder, U.S. Air Force veteran & military spouse. She holds a Master’s of Public Admin. & works for a major aerospace company. Samantha’s a glutton for giggles, a loquacious orator on silly subjects, & can often be found chasing her rambunctious son around the house. She lives in Texas (until the Air Force moves them again) w/ her wonderful husband, LEGO-loving son, & two naughty cats.

Greg Gildersleeve

Greg Gildersleeve

Greg Gildersleeve grew up in the northwestern corner of Missouri, where comic books & science fiction caught his eye at a young age. In addition to writing, Greg teaches English Composition, Technical Writing, & American Literature at an online university, & won the 2013 Publication Award at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS. He earned a bachelor's in English from Missouri Western State Univ. & a master's in English from UMKC. Carol Cartaino edited his novel Metamorphosis

Staci Greason

Staci Greason

Staci Greason’s literary achievements include award-winning television pilots, screenplays, and novels. Her short stories and essays have been published in Brevity, Slate, Lunch Ticket, AFLW, the Same, and the Huff Post, among others. In her past life, she played the late Isabella Toscano Black on Days of Our Lives. Love & Other Calamities is her fourth novel. She’s thrilled to be represented by Katie Salvo and The Metamorphosis Agency.

Dana Gricken

Dana Gricken

Dana Gricken is an author from Ottawa, Canada. She’s been making up stories since she was a child and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon. She writes everything from fantasy and science fiction to horror and mystery for all ages. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her hanging out with her cats, baking and cooking, playing video games, and watching Star Trek and Star Wars on repeat.

Gretchen Rachel Hammond

Gretchen Rachel Hammond

Gretchen is a Chicago-based, multi-award winning investigative journalist whose exposes secured the release of a transgender woman jailed for four years without a trial and caused the Michigan Attorney General to form a Taskforce focused on reforming the treatment of the state’s vulnerable. Her donation of a kidney to one of the readers of her newspaper and reporting on the removal of three Jewish women from a Chicago pride parade garnered international recognition.

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie Hansen’s short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She resides in Kansas with her husband, two children, and one-eyed beagle. As a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community, she incorporates sign language or deafness into every novel she writes.

Jeffrey Haskey-Valerius

Jeffrey Haskey-Valerius

Jeffrey Haskey-Valerius is a writer and poet who left the Midwest to live two blocks from a sandy beach in Southern California with his husband and dog. He holds a bachelor’s in Fiction, as well one in Nursing. His poetry and short fiction appear in various zines and literary journals, including Northern New England Review, Thimble, and Sixfold. The Cyclopes’ Eye is his first novel.

Michael Hilton

Michael Hilton

Michael is a time traveler from the future who's come back to warn us of the impending literary apocalypse. An avid reader of Young Adult science fiction and fantasy, he writes to stave off the coming wasteland of soulless fiction. One day his Wikipedia page will describe his warnings as "Mildly prophetic," and "Wildly exaggerated." He lives in Irving, Texas, working as a chiropractor by day, a vigilante by night, and a writer all of the time.

Doris Imahiyerobo

Doris Imahiyerobo

Meet Doris Imahiyerobo, a first-generation Nigerian-American with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development. Together with her trusty 4-year-old son's help, she crafts fun and meaningful stories. Doris is an entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, funny gifs, and creative writing. She loves spending time with her huge hilarious family and is an active SCBWI member and the kidlit community.

Jennifer Inglis

Jennifer Inglis

Jennifer Inglis has studied sketch comedy writing w/ The Second City Training Center & is a member of the Chicago Writers Assoc. She received a bachelor’s in theater arts from the Northern Illinois University & a master’s in education from National-Louis University. Previously an English & drama teacher, she has worn a variety of hats including that of playwright, actor, director, & producer. She lives in Chicago w/ her cat, Daisy & a rotating selection of houseplants that refuse to stay alive.

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs wrote his first story in the second grade as a school assignment. From then on, becoming a published author was his dream. Growing up with autism spectrum disorder, he always found solace in writing and the ability to create his own world and characters—each having their own emotions, personalities and identities. Today, he lives in Chicago, IL, working in therapeutic day programs for children and adolescents with special needs and behavioral disorders.

Charlee James

Charlee James

Contemporary Romance Author Charlee James was introduced to a life-long love of reading listening to her parents recite nightly stories to her and her older sister. Inspired by the incredible imaginations of Authors like Bill Peet, Charlee could often be found crafting her own tales. As a teenager, she got her hands on a romance novel & was instantly hooked on the genre.

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson-Rogers is a writer, spoken word artist, poet, educator, & lover of all things Hip Hop. She grew up in the heart of NYC where she 1st fell in love w/ poetry, fiction, lyric, prose, rhythm, rhyme, & storytelling. Here, surrounded by her African American culture; a culture steeped in oral tradition, that she became a writer. An elementary teacher who obtained a MSEd from Fordham University in literacy & a MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York.

Traci L. Jones

Traci L. Jones

While raising her kids & helping w/ the pharmacy Mrs. Jones was reminded of her love for writing & began working towards earning a Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Denver. One of those courses led to the writing & completion of her first book, Standing Against the Wind. Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2006, Standing would win the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Two more books w/ FSG followed in 2010 & 2011, Finding My Place & Silhouetted by the Blue.

Kristin Kaldahl

Kristin Kaldahl

Kristin Kaldahl is a born and bred Okie. After graduating summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University, she worked as an award-winning journalist/columnist. Her latest gig has been as an author of dog novels, which fits her well. She has owned and trained three agility champion shelties and has competed for well over a decade at the national-level in the sport of dog agility. Kristin lives in Oklahoma with her shelties Asher and Aenon.

Katie Karambelas

Katie Karambelas

Katie completed her MFA in fiction from Cedar Crest College & has work published in literary magazines & websites. She has a passion for writing YA and NA fiction b/c of her love of firsts (1st kiss! 1st heartbreak!) but her experience losing her mother to cancer at the age of 26 has allowed her to form deep connections with readers across the globe through her short memoir pieces. A mother of 2, when she's not writing in Raleigh, NC, she's planning her next vacation, party, or Netflix binge.

Gwen C. Katz

Gwen C. Katz

Gwen C. Katz is a writer, artist, and Nazi-puncher who lives in Altadena, CA with her husband and a revolving door of transient animals. Her first novel, AMONG THE RED STARS, was a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection.

Christina Kaye

Christina Kaye

Christina Kaye is the author of six published suspense novels, including the award-winning first book in her Flesh & Blood Trilogy, Like Father, Like Daughter. She works as a paralegal and a book editor, and she lives in Kentucky with her two adult daughters, two rowdy dogs, and a very fat cat.

Kellista Keaton

Kellista Keaton

Kellista Keaton has been writing fiction since she was nine years old. She prides herself on having taken creative writing classes across the nation. She holds a BA in film studies from UNC-Wilmington and an elementary teaching license. She resides in Kansas with her husband and two children. (Photo Credit Amber Dawkins)

Kelly Kelly

Kelly Kelly

Kelly Kelly, or Kelly Squared, is a Disney-obsessed Dental Hygienist who’s been writing since elementary school. She completed her first novel at age 16 and won two regional writing competitions. Her passion for writing and studying psychology led her to study both in college—and she threw in a dental hygiene degree for good measure. When she’s not writing, she’s cosplaying at conventions or trying to train her bearded dragon Toothless to wear Mickey ears.

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University, where he was known for writing snappy dialogue & quoting RuPaul's Drag Race way too much. His goal as an author is to create a wide breadth of LGBT heroes that YA readers can look up to. A movie deal wouldn't hurt either. Mark's also an avid gamer & dabbles in video game journalism. Currently based in Cincinnati, Mark has his sights on Atlanta so he can finally be together with his long-distance boyfriend

Suha AL Khalifa

Suha AL Khalifa

Suha considers herself a cultural hybrid, having lived in Bahrain, UK, & the US throughout her life as an ambassador’s daughter. Suha thoroughly enjoys bringing different worlds together while exploring how the distinct rules & psychologies impact the individual & cultures alike. Her experiences, her struggles for survival & identity, including getting through cancer have all dictated her storytelling. A psychotherapist specializing in Trauma & a film producer. Suha is a mother of three.

Tiffany W. Killoren

Tiffany W. Killoren

Tiffany believes in reinventing yourself. She has been an attorney, Editor-in-Chief of a lifestyle magazine, & storyteller. Her book characters are typically flawed, relatable & facing one of life's many crossroads. Tiffany has developed a loyal following & regularly appears on morning talk shows to discuss lifestyle & parenting topics. She lives in a Kansas City suburb with her husband & two young sons & can usually be found latte in-hand typing furiously in the corner of a coffee shop.

Taylor Koleber

Taylor Koleber

Taylor Koleber grew up in the forgotten corner of the world in Tasmania, Australia. A hopeless romantic with a goofy side, he can often be found writing, cosplaying, or running. Newly married, one may blame his wife for the romance novels he now writes and reads voraciously. He currently resides in Texas.

Karla Kratovil

Karla Kratovil

From the time she read fairytales as a child, Karla was hooked on Happily Ever After endings. She was 14 when she read her 1st Harlequin Romance & discovered there was a whole genre that celebrated the HEA. Karla writes sexy historical romance w/ strong spirited heroines & flawed heroes with hearts of gold. When she isn't reading or writing, she's cheering on, applauding, or chauffeuring around her 2 talented kids. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her children, & adorable pup.

Stacey Kuhnz

Stacey Kuhnz

Stacey Kuhnz writing as Ellis Kaye. As an avid lover of romance before her first kiss, Ellis would lose herself in the fantasy of 2 people falling in love & eventually (well after 21 if any of her children ask) the sexy-time tingles that go w/ it. When she’s not being a super mommy & lactavist, writing, or saving lives in the ER & NICU, Ellis can be found reading & critiquing at DFW Writers’ Workshop, & reminding folks to count their blessings she doesn’t write dinosaur erotica.

M. Lachi

M. Lachi

Lachi is a novelist and accomplished songwriter/composer hailing New York City. With writing and music longtime passions, Lachi's love for psychological inquisition and futurism promenades led to her current indulgence in science fiction and fantasy writing as well as electronic music composition. While her musical works landed her features on Oprah Radio, Huffpost and NPR, her 2015 debut novel "The Ivory Staff" found itself in The Examiner/AXS, Publisher's Weekly and Brittle Paper.

Amanda Lance

Amanda Lance

Amanda Lance is a dedicated bookworm who has been fortunate enough to have some of her work published with The Wild Rose Press and Limitless Publishing. Amanda has very recently finished her MFA from Wilkes University and she also holds an MA in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University. When Amanda is not reading or writing, she can be found napping with her dogs or eating an obscene amount of carrot cake.

Timoth Lange

Timoth Lange

Timothy Lange has pursued the joy of creating visual images since childhood. He is a painter, an award-winning graphic designer, and an author/illustrator. Tim looks for heart and humor in everyday situations, and enjoys infusing his illustrations with those qualities. Tim graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art and studied painting at the Art Student’s League of Denver. He currently resides in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with his wife, Penny and two daughters.

Joel Lawrence

Joel Lawrence

Joel Lawrence comes from a game design background creatively. He loves reading and honed his writing craft through short stories and game documentation before attempting full-length novels. Though he prefers lakes, bonfires, and small town living over the urban nightlife, life experience is the key to great fiction, so he's open to anything. He enjoys Tolkien, Rowling, and all the big names in fantasy, and he’s recently developed a love for all things YA.

Tanya Lee

Tanya Lee

Tanya Lee is a certified Life Skills Coach, an award winning playwright, & an award winning community theatre director. She loves to think of outrageous plots for her plays & scrumptious dialogue for her characters. A dramatist by nature, she'd write & direct her younger sister, Grace - a loving captive participant/actor, in as many plays as possible. Grace will attest to this! When Tanya isn't busy writing new plays she is admiring the get-up-and-go of her talented daughter Dominique.

Shelly X. Leonn

Shelly X. Leonn

Shelly’s the author of The Broken Series. After graduating w/ a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Shelly worked at her hometown newspaper as the web & youth editor. During her time advising the youth staff, Shelly realized her true calling was teaching. Her years in educ. have been spent in middle & high school language arts classrooms. She’s also an adjunct professor. She & her two boys reside in Affton, & she enjoys reading, writing, outdoor activities, anime, video games, & other dorky pastimes

Alice Licata

Alice Licata

Armed w/ a doctorate degree in Psychology from Kent State, Alice Licata spent years in Charlottesville, Virginia walking the halls of academia before turning her energies toward another passion: raising her two daughters. Later, she returned to teaching this time grades 6-12, where she makes it her mission to insure today's kids still know how to use a good old-fashioned dictionary and tell time on an analog clock.

Melody Lomboy

Melody Lomboy

Melody was born, raised and still lives in Southern California. She is a graduate of UC Irvine, where she was a scholarship swimmer and graduated with a double major in Sociology and Art History. Motivated by her experience as a childhood cancer survivor she chooses to celebrate life often. Melody stays very active in her community as a volunteer for many non-profits, she continues to swim and most importantly, focuses on her three sons and husband.

Larissa Lopes

Larissa Lopes

Born and raised in Brazil but currently living in France, Larissa is a real citizen of the world, trying to write her own story the best way she can. Romance, personal growth, and multiculturalism are the core of her writing. And when she isn’t secretly living her characters’ lives in her head, she’s working as a researcher, as a teacher, or inspiring people to become their best version with #TheBestVersionOfMyselfMovement.

Michael Lunsford

Michael Lunsford

Michael Lunsford is a Middle Grade novelist, a member of SCBWI and the South Bay Writers Club, a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in English Lit and author of 14 tech books published by Bantam, Simon & Schuster and other top publishers. He’s also a poet, playwright, musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur and chief cook & bottle washer, enjoying life with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Karen Lynch

Karen Lynch

Karen Lynch is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Relentless series. She grew up in Newfoundland, Canada – a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard.

Gabrielle McAree

Gabrielle McAree

Gabrielle, originally from Indiana, graduated from Long Island University Post in 2018 with a degree in Musical theatre and Writing. She got bit by the writing bug after taking a YA Fiction course in college, and has been reading, writing, and revising ever since. Gabrielle believes in the power of books, and all the things fictional characters can teach us. She currently resides in NYC while simultaneously pursuing theatre.

Michele McAvoy

Michele McAvoy

Michele McAvoy is an award-winning children's picture book author. Michele grew up in a small town in northern New Jersey until she moved to New York City where she attended NYU & law school. Michele enjoyed the crazy, busy, single life of New York for over 15 years until she got married and had her first child. When she's not being a lawyer or a mom, Michele writes uplifting, whimsical stories to help children understand and respect their emotions. THE GORILLA PICKED ME!

Paul F. McGowan

Paul F. McGowan

Paul was born in Yorkshire, England to Irish parents. His most vivid memory as a child was traveling to Egypt and visiting the Pyramids of Giza and Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Currently, he resides in Kansas City with his wife Jozia and his son Gavin. Paul graduated from medical school and plans to pursue residency training as a pathologist. He is a fervent Game of Thrones fan. Don't miss the release of DAWN OF THE REAPER via Fire & ICE YA.

Linda S. Mai

Linda S. Mai

Linda S. Mai has a master’s degree in Elementary Education and started her career as a third grade teacher. Born and raised in Wyoming, she now resides in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her husband. She is a member of SCBWI, and active in several critique groups. Besides writing Picture Books and Middle Grade novels, she plays in a handbell choir, loves to ride ATV’s, and travels when she can, to see her children and grandchildren.

Kelly Mangan

Kelly Mangan

Kelly lives in Burlington, Vermont, where she writes picture books and middle grade stories with humor, heart, and social justice themes. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Print Journalism from the University of Florida. Kelly is also a wrangler of domestic animals and feral children, an unrepentant geek-nerdian, and a blue-ribbon baker (four words: Maple Brown Butter Cake).

Wendy E Marsh

Wendy E Marsh

Wendy E Marsh grew up in rural Pennsylvania, where she developed a passion for reading and creative writing. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and works with children with developmental delays. She loves reading books and writing stories that keep her awake into the early hours of the morning. She lives with her husband and pets and enjoys horseback riding and gardening in her free time.

LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss

LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss

LaRonda found that motherhood immersed her in the fascinating world of picture books as she shared in her son's love of story time. With a vision to create stories that will entertain, enlighten & empower all children, she ultimately aspires to both author & illustrate her work. She’s a member of the SCBWI as well as Storyteller Academy. She lives in her home state of North Carolina w/ her husband and son. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

Tianna Mignogna

Tianna Mignogna

Tianna Mignogna is a librarian in the making at Syracuse University. Since 2008 she has been a singer/songwriter, and in 2015 she became a fellow of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing. Her senior thesis “Harry Potter is Gay: An Investigation of Queer Fan Culture” is published in Inquiries Journal. Tianna’s biggest source of inspiration is dancing with her fluffy white cloud of a cat, Alfie.

Amy Miles

Amy Miles

Amy Miles is the author of over 25 published novels in varying genres, including her bestselling YA books, The Arotas Series. She is the co-Founder of Red Coat PR and also the co-Founder of Penned Con St. Louis. Amy is an urban homesteader, weekend golfer, and Netflix binge addict who lives with her husband and son in sunny South Carolina. Want to know what Amy will be working on next?

Wendy Million

Wendy Million

Wendy Million is a wife, mother, and teacher who resides in Ontario, Canada. She writes contemporary romance and YA stories. A passionate reader from an early age, she is rarely without a book in her hand. Stories that tug at the heartstrings and focus on topical issues are ones she enjoys reading and writing.

Janice Milusich

Janice Milusich

Janice Milusich has been a teacher for the visually impaired/blind for over twenty years, and she has presently been working the past ten years with pre-school students who are visually impaired or blind. She's a graduate of Stony Brook University’s Children’s Literature Fellowship, and a member of SCBWI, and NEVEAH'S WONDERS was an honor recipient of Austin SCBWI’s Creators of Diverse World Scholarship.

Brady Moore

Brady Moore

Brady graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro w/ a degree in Media Studies, before spending 8 years soaking up free movies as a theater manager & blogging about it. He was raised in Charlotte, NC where decades of Saturday morning cartoons, comic books & sci-fi movies slowly manifested into aspirations of being an author of YA-fiction novels. If he’s not playing w/ his hyperactive jack russell terrier or Netflixing w/ his wife, he’s probably off plotting his next project.

Heather Morris

Heather Morris

Heather Morris is a Jill-of-all-trades, currently working the medical field in northwest Montana. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she enjoys daydreaming, people watching, and creating imaginary people and places. She is a lover of all things fantastical and always seeking ways to bend her imagination. After a lifetime as bookworm, Heather finally decided to write the story she’d always wanted to read. Breathing Fire is her debut novel.

Tina Mowrey

Tina Mowrey

A transplant from Massachusetts, Tina Mowrey lives in Austin, TX, where the sun never stops shining! Having been a singer/songwriter for years, Tina decided to put pen to paper and try her hand at picture book writing. It was much harder than expected! When she isn’t writing picture books, Tina spends her time working as a 7th grade language arts teacher and hanging out with her wife, two daughters and five pets (one, of which, is a black pug named Chico!).

Alana Murphy

Alana Murphy

Alana Murphy is a lifelong Hoosier born and raised in Indiana. When not writing, she’s working as a healthcare project manager, chauffeuring her two girls around, or sitting on her back porch with her husband and her dog. When writing and reading, Alana is drawn to stories with disenfranchised characters and steamy chemistry.

Jennifer Myers

Jennifer Myers

Jennifer received her associate's degree for Applied Science in Dental Hygiene back in 2009. If she’s not at the office,you can catch her snooping around in the library or spending time with her hubby and two young children.She loves to travel, and considers herself a well-seasoned foodie.With her Doberman and Exotic Shorthair by her side, she wakes up each day ready to take on the world.

Miranda Nichols

Miranda Nichols

Miranda Nichols is an up and coming author in the fantasy romance genre. She's currently a student working towards her MFA in creative writing. When she isn't studying or helping the alternative fuel industry, you can find her on fictionpress.com or curled up with a steamy romance novel. She's a loyal friend who's not afraid to tell it how it is. Like the smell of fresh popcorn, her fantasy romances tempt you & keep you coming back for more. Carol Cartaino edited her novel via Metamorphosis.

János Orbán

János Orbán

János Orbán is a graphic artist and illustrator. He graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1997 as a graphic artist. He uses numerous traditional and modern digital graphic techniques. He has a wide range of experience as an illustrator, and as a character designer. He lives with his family in a village near Budapest. He has two daughters and one son.

Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo is the author of LOTERIA, SANTA MUERTE, THE MISSING, POEMS OF MY NIGHT, as well as dozens of short stories and poems. She is an International Latino Book Award winner and an Elgin Award nominee. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

Rene S. Perez II

Rene S. Perez II

Rene S. Perez II is the award-winning author of Along These Highways (University of Arizona Press, 2012) and Seeing Off the Johns (Cinco Puntos Press, 2015). He was born and raised in two distinct parts of south Texas—Kingsville and Corpus Christi, respectively, and lived for two decades in Austin. His fiction is informed by the cross-section of those places. He currently lives and teaches in London.

Stephenie Peterson

Stephenie Peterson

Semi-nomadic, Stephenie currently lives near Raleigh, North Carolina. Her roots are in the Puget Sound region in Washington State, and she spent many years living outside of Dallas, Texas. She spends her days writing, teaching creative writing, and homeschooling her three kids. Fueled by lots and lots of coffee, Stephenie spends her free time playing with her rescue dogs, Ravenpaw and Leviosa, hiking, and traveling. She is a member of SCWBI and NCWN.

Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips

Chris Phillips follows the old adage: Write what you know. After 12 years of teaching, Chris knows how to act like a giant child. He enjoys writing stories that would make his 4th grade self laugh. So, basically fart jokes. Chris is a member of SCBWI New England. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Adri and two daughters, Gaby and Maya.

Elisabeth Popolow

Elisabeth Popolow

Elisabeth is an eccentric triplet w/ a love for the unknown, fantastical, & uncanny. Since learning to read, she tried her hand at a book about a phantom stallion that saves an abused girl in a sparkly notebook her dad bought at a mall. When she’s not writing, she is at the stable with her horses, a life-long love, or eating exotic cuisine. She’s currently pursuing her BA in creative writing at Bloomsburg University and hopes that her readers enjoy her stories as much as she does writing them!

Katie Proctor

Katie Proctor

Katie’s a New Mexican living in Texas w/ an M.Ed in Elem. Educ. from TX Christian Univ. & taught 4th grade for 8 years, but now spends her days being a mom to 2 beautiful children & wife to an amazing man. She spends every minute of her free time either immersed in a good book or writing middle-grade fiction, falling in love w/ new characters & their adventures. Teaching writing is a passion of hers as well, to children & to teachers, believing that every person has a story to tell.

Dawn Rasmussen

Dawn Rasmussen

Dawn is a native of southern Utah, who moonlights as a CPA and a Fraud Examiner. As a student, she found the need for a creative outlet, and ended up writing a book that healed her own heart. Dawn’s idea of great success would be if her books could touch the heart of even one other person. Perhaps you are that person.

Jessica Reino

Jessica Reino

Jessica Reino is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, developing new stories, and helping other writers achieve their goals. She is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and The Women's Fiction Writers Association.To learn more about Jessica, please visit her author website: www.jessicareino.me and be sure to connect with her on Twitter @JNRlitauthor where she hosts #thewriterszen monthly chat.

Rebecca Rhoads

Rebecca Rhoads

Novelist Rebecca Rhoads resides with her husband on a centennial cherry farm near Traverse City, Michigan. She is a retired registered nurse, the mother of three daughters, and grandmother twice over. When not writing novels, she paints and writes poetry. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with family and friends, gardening, foraging for wild mushrooms, playing the ukulele, looking for pretty stones along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, and fishing with her husband.

Rachael Richey

Rachael Richey

Rachael Richey lives in Cornwall with her husband and teenage son. She writes Women's Fiction and romantic comedy. She has been writing since she was a child, starting with stories about her teddy bears and dolls. She lived in the Hebrides for nearly fourteen years, having originally gone there to work for the summer season. She met her husband David whilst there, and had two children, before moving to Cornwall at the end of 2000.

Gina Rizzo

Gina Rizzo

Born to artists in Los Angeles, Gina writes and illustrates picture books that embrace diversity and align with educational standards. After receiving her B.A. in art with a minor in humanities from San Francisco State University, she earned two teaching credentials and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chapman University. She taught for fifteen years, and currently, is a PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies researching why the arts exist.

Amy Keating Rogers

Amy Keating Rogers

Amy Keating Rogers was working as a Production Assistant on The Powerpuff Girls when Craig McCracken asked her to write for the show. Amy became Head Writer for Powerpuff and went on to write on many shows at Cartoon Network. Years later, she wrote for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Amy has been nominated for 6 Emmys. She also made the biographical documentary “Jason Bateman Thinks I’m Dead” available on Vimeo.

J.P. Roth

J.P. Roth

JP Roth’s a writer, artist & entrepreneur. On the initial launch of her flagship series, she immediately became a “Con favorite”. All of her subsequent series are heavily based in all realms of Lore. As a Mythology major, JP Roth sticks very strictly to actual mythos w/ her stories intertwined. In 2012, she hit the scene as a self-published author launching her own model of comics. She has since sold over 200,000 Rothic Novels at conventions across the globe.

John G Saenger

John G Saenger

John Saenger graduated from UCLA w/ a bachelor’s in biology & a master’s in cellular physiology. The most fascinating & inspiring experience in his career is his current position in oncology medical affairs on a team responsible for a breakthrough immuno-oncology therapy that is daily bringing real hope to thousands of cancer patients. His evenings & weekends are spent enjoying his wife & family, & countless hours of reading & writing, the passions of his life.

Katie Salvo

Katie Salvo

Diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 14, Katie Salvo survived a bleak prognosis and went on to complete her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She served in several university roles from guest-lecturing in University 101 courses to working in the History and Political Science department at the University of South Carolina Upstate, then on to the Office of Judicial Affairs at South Carolina State University before mustering up the courage to launch a full-time career in writing.

Sofia Sawyer

Sofia Sawyer

Sofia is a contemporary romance & women’s fiction author based in Charleston, SC. Having the pleasure of traveling the world, Sofia follows her wanderlust whenever she can, often discovering story inspiration. From a professional perspective, Sofia spends her time working in marketing, w/ a focus on brand, content development, & digital advertisements. When she isn’t doing the 9-5 thing, you can find her reading, writing, playing with her dog, hiking, or hanging at the beach.

Mark Scheel

Mark Scheel

Mark grew up in east-Kansas farm country. Prior to writing full time he served overseas in Vietnam, Thailand, West Germany and England with the American Red Cross, taught in the English department at Emporia State University, was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and served on the editorial boards of Potpourri Publications and Kansas City Voices magazine. His short stories, poems, articles and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals.

Sarah Shipley

Sarah Shipley

Sarah is an award-winning consultant with a love for all things civic. In 2008, she left K Street for KC and has not looked back. With over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations, she founded Shipley Communications, LLC a consultancy that focuses on fundraising, creating social capital and increasing revenue for clients. Sarah co-founded BikeWalkKC, and Kansas City B-cycle, the country's first, private, bike sharing system. See more at the link below:

Anitra Schulte

Anitra Schulte

Anitra Rowe Schulte seeks truth and magic in the world around her, in fiction and non-fiction writing projects alike. A Christian wife and mother, Anitra believes there is great purpose & design in all of life's moments. An alumna of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and former newspaper reporter, Anitra feels passionately that there is much to be gained from sharing our most human questions and experiences. Anitra lives in Chicagoland with her husband & their three young daughters

Erin Scoggins

Erin Scoggins

Erin Scoggins is a long-time Southerner with a fondness for offbeat humor and fresh fried chicken. After 15 years in marketing with a Fortune 500 company, she traded her MBA for stretch pants and a laptop. She writes lighthearted cozy mysteries that are celebrations of food, family, and the killer South.

Cass L. Scotka

Cass L. Scotka

Cass is in ❤️ w/ ❤️, & has been since she peeked at her first romance novel at age 15. When an unannounced ❤️ hero walked into her imagination presenting his heroine & pushing her into the spotlight, Cass knew she was destined to become a romance writer. When she's not writing, this military brat turned military wife explores the 🌎 w/ her husband & two kids. When they're at home in Georgia, Cass has her horns at the ready, cheering on her beloved University of Texas. Hook ‘Em, Horns!

Jacy Sellers

Jacy Sellers

Jacy Sellers was born and raised in Virginia, but has lived in the Carolinas for more than twenty years. She has a B.A. in English from Coastal Carolina University and a M.A. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. When she’s not losing herself in writing mysteries and thrillers, she’s purposely getting lost inside a thrift store or bookstore. Jacy lives in the Charlotte, NC area with her husband, two kids, and an overly social cat.

Tim Semmerling

Tim Semmerling

Tim Jon Semmerling holds a PhD in Near East Languages and Cultures from Indiana University, an MA in Middle East Studies from University of Texas at Austin, and a JD from DePaul University Law. Tim is an award-winning author, mitigation expert, and attorney in Illinois. He has served as mitigation expert for 30 defendants charged with murder, sex crimes, or terrorism, including Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood and Walid bin ‘Atash in Guantanamo Bay.

Samara Shanker

Samara Shanker

Samara Shanker grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College, where she split her time between cheerleading and collecting credits in dead languages. From there, Samara went on to a master’s of arts in psychology from Columbia University, and a master’s of science in psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Now, Samara runs a remote Homeschool Support and Tutoring Company and does her best to spoil her nephew.

Mary Shotwell

Mary Shotwell

As an avid reader, Mary always fantasized about writing a book. After studying dolphin behavior & great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics. During the arduous dissertation process, creative writing served as a natural escape. Mary loves incorporating her science background into her fiction. When adulting, she’s a wife to husband Matt & mother to three dragons, sometimes referred to as children when nothing is on fire.

Natasha Simmons

Natasha Simmons

Natasha Simmons has a bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing. She loves all things dark, mysterious, and intriguing. She’s also enchanted by fairies, far away places, and all the lovely things nature has to offer. This leads to a fondness of morally gray thrillers and fantasy. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys traveling, especially to different countries, and watching murder documentaries. Both of which are great forms of inspiration.

George Sirois

George Sirois

George has yearned to be a storyteller all his life, no matter the medium. From writing various short stories & screenplays before moving on to novels such as “Excelsior,” “Ever Upward: Part Two in The Excelsior Journey,” & the five-part serial “From Parts Unknown.” He's a regular contributor to the “Write Pack Radio” podcast, and is the host & producer of the “Excelsior Journeys” podcast. He previously served as President of the Missouri Writers Guild.

Curt Sisco

Curt Sisco

Curt Sisco is VP & GM of Hershey Trolley Works, the sweetest sightseeing tour in the country. He's spent the past 25 years producing high quality, family friendly entertainment as an actor, director, manager, and writer.

Whitney Skeen

Whitney Skeen

Whitney Skeen is a former teacher who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now studies creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is an active member of the SCBWI. Skeen lives on the coast of North Carolina with her quirky family and the dogs that love them.

Seth Skorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky

Raised in the swamps & pine forests of East Texas, Seth Skorkowsky gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror & pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. His debut novel, Dämoren, was published in 2014 as book #1 in the Valducan series. Seth has also released two sword-and-sorcery rogue collections with his Tales of the Black Raven series. When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop role-playing games, making YouTube videos, & traveling the world with his wife.

Destiny R. Smith

Destiny R. Smith

Born and raised in Northern California, LGBTQ+ Young Adult author Destiny lives for the fresh mountain air and wide-open spaces. Her love of all things macabre heavily influences her stories, which aim to explore the dark aspects hidden within us all. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her picking away on her guitar, smashing through the newest RPG, or snuggling with her hubby and adorable fur babies.

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith, PhD, is a career wildlife biologist. Besides writing for periodicals, he’s an award-winning author of five books of natural history, conservation, and outdoor adventure. Drawing on his experiences living near and studying wild animals in the American West, he writes novels of magical realism and animal fantasy that capture the imaginations of young readers and immerse them in the natural world.

Ivy Smoak

Ivy Smoak

Ivy Smoak is an international bestselling author. In 2015, after much encouragement from her fiancé, she released her first romance novel. Since then she’s released 20 novels ranging from Romantic Suspense to Psychological Thrillers, several hitting the top charts of Amazon, Apple Books, Nook, and Kobo. When she's not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her husband in Delaware.

Laura M. Snider

Laura M. Snider

Laura is an Iowa author who writes both YA fantasy & contemporary fiction novels. She grew up as a member of a large, blended family in Topeka, Kansas - she & her twin sister the youngest of seven. She now lives in Des Moines w/ a blended family of her own including her husband, two stepchildren, newborn baby, dog & cat. Laura graduated from Drake Law School in 2009 & is a practicing lawyer in Des Moines. While law has been her profession, books have been her passion.

Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart is a Canadian novelist and poet. She studied at Queen’s University, trained as a journalist at Concordia, and was associate editor of two national magazines before starting her freelance company. Her Reader’s Digest article about an entomologist and sick boy’s search for a rare butterfly helped film makers produce The Blue Butterfly starring William Hurt. Heather knew then that she wanted to write books to be adapted to the big screen.

Ellen Stonaker

Ellen Stonaker

Ellen Stonaker writes middle grade fantasy with wisps of magic, adventure, and the occasional made-up word. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two Alaskan klee kai, who are a bit too clever for their own good. Ellen travels whenever possible and considers herself a citizen of the Earth. She works in Financial Services during the day. By night, she escapes into her worlds and creates colorful characters with strong ideas of their own.

Shannon Stults

Shannon Stults

A small-town Georgia girl, Shannon finds no greater joy than stepping into the lives & worlds created by the written word. Despite a severe aversion to reading as a child, Shannon has since found a passion for literature that she’s nurtured with incessant reading & a Bachelor’s degree in English. It is this passion that allows her to bring her own imagination to life. Living in Athens, Ga with her sister and their four-legged furry friends, she is almost always in the middle of a book.

Tracy Sumner

Tracy Sumner

Tracy Sumner is an award-winning author of sexy, edgy romance. She lives in the south, but after spending years in the city, considers herself a New Yorker at heart. When not writing, she can be found twisting herself into a pretzel on her yoga mat, listening to alt-rock, cheering on her college football team (Go Tigers!) and adding stamps to her passport. She is the winner of the National Reader's Choice for best long historical.

Susan M. Sutton

Susan M. Sutton

I’m a stay-at-home mother that holds a B.A. in English & writes YA-SF. As a painfully shy child, I retreated into my imagination as an escape. In my early teen years, there was a time when I couldn’t wait to come home every day to write in my fantasy story. My love of Sci-Fi began when I became an avid fan of “The X-Files” & anything Joss Whedon put on T.V. When I’m not writing, I’m cheering on my kids at soccer/basketball/baseball practices & games. I live in Missouri with my husband & two sons

Dana Swift

Dana Swift

Dana Swift started making up fantasy worlds when she was 11 yrs old & hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned degrees in English & Advertising. While in college, Dana competed as a saber fencer & learned a thing or two about fighting, parrying & how it feels to fall in love with your sparring partner. If you don’t find her working at Half Price Books or devouring a good novel, she’s most likely reading & critiquing at the DFW Writers' Workshop

LA Tavares

LA Tavares

Leanne has published articles on websites and blogs ranging from local sports and teams to articles on publishing and writing. She helps authors revise and edit their manuscripts and assists them as they climb the ladder toward their end goals. Leanne's love of reading spans back to the first time she ever picked up Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, growing her into a reader across many genres, citing KA Tucker and James Patterson atop her list of recent favorites.

Brooke Taylor

Brooke Taylor

Brooke, a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, spent her early adult life enjoying the Rocky Mountains while being paid to ski and ride horses. She then took to the high seas to travel the world, living and working on cruise ships. Brooke now resides in her home state of Oklahoma with her husband and step kids, where she spends time with her horses and her Akita, Roxy.

Michelle Thorne

Michelle Thorne

Michelle Thorne is a hopeless romantic who loves art, sports, and a good craft beer. Stricken with wanderlust, she enjoys experiencing different cultures but dreams of settling down in the countryside of Germany or Austria. A native Oklahoman who laughs too loud and writes first drafts that resemble Jackson Pollack paintings, she can usually be found playing the PS4 or watching a movie with her family.

H.D. Torres

H.D. Torres

H.D. grew up on an Iowa farm where she spent hours w/ books to get out of farm chores! She has always enjoyed writing, but retired her pen after many college papers & a graduate thesis. Recently inspired by her 2 young sons & their love of all things dirty, stinky, & squirmy, H.D. is back at her desk creating stories that help children kindle their curiosity about the world. She currently lives in Nebraska with her charming husband and crazy kids finding words that rhyme with purple!

Gary Urey

Gary Urey

Gary Urey is the author of the SUPER SCHNOZ Series, which Kirkus called in its starred review “…a winner, especially for reluctant readers, and the middle-grade sci- fi trilogy SECRETS OF THE X-POINT. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Gary puts his professional theatre training to good use every time he sits down to write stories for kids. He lives and writes in Maine.

Danielle A. Vann

Danielle A. Vann

Danielle A. Vann is an 18-time award-winning author, a nominee of the TLA’s Bluebonnet longlist, an Associated Press winner, an Emmy-nominated news staffer, speaker, and advocate known as “The Storyteller.” Vann is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Life Coach. As a former news anchor, Vann knows a thing or two about writing compelling stories and has penned five books. She has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, in Foreword Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, and Story Monster Ink.

Keli Vice

Keli Vice

With an English degree from UCLA, Keli Vice studiously avoided Law School with a series of more interesting gigs—LA magazine editing, music venue PR, and winery marketing. But there was always a story bubbling somewhere in the background…until the first finally erupted onto the page. When not writing (or reading) stories of smart women in interesting places, she’s a tennis-playing foodie-yogi from NorCal with two teen girls and a yellow lab named Posey.

Season Vining

Season Vining

Season Vining is a romance author, penning adventurous and sexy stories with a dash of humor. She grew up in southern Louisiana where food, culture, and family mean everything. She has lived in Houston, San Diego, and NYC—all of them providing colorful experiences and tons of writing material. She is a graphic designer by day, a complete font snob, and enjoys all forms of art.

Ednah Walters

Ednah Walters

USA Today bestselling author Ednah Walters holds a PhD in Chemistry and is a stay-at-home mother of five. She writes about flawed heroes and the women who love them. Whether she’s writing about valkyries, pirates, nephilim, or contemporary millionaires and billionaires, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books. Her award-winning YA Paranormal Romance— Runes Series—started with Runes and has a total of 10 books to date. When not writing, Ednah travels with her family.

Mark S. Waxman

Mark S. Waxman

Mark S. Waxman is a multi-Emmy Award-winning writer and producer with hundreds of television credits. His novel, The McVentures of Me, Morgan McFactoid was endorsed by President Obama’s choice for National Teacher of the Year. Mark’s newest book, The Funny Kid, will be published by Month9Books in 2020. Since 2007, Mark has been the writer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC

Sarah White

Sarah White

Sarah White, author of Our Broken Pieces & Let Me List the Ways, was born & raised in California. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Long Beach, she has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. Sarah spends her days as a marriage & family therapist & her nights & weekends reading & writing stories. She is a winner of the Harlequin So You Think You Can Write Contest & two Watty Awards.

Dan Whitfield

Dan Whitfield

Dan Whitfield is a multi-award-winning copywriter, whose direct mail & email fund appeals have raised tens of millions of $ in charitable contributions. Dan has partnered w/ dozens of museums, animal rescues, & veteran support groups, & helped them to craft the effective messages that inspire people to support their work. Originally from England, Dan moved to the U.S. to complete a Master’s Degree in History. He lives in suburban Washington, DC w/ his wife, 2 daughters, 2 dogs, & 100s of books

Shannon Wiersbitzky

Shannon Wiersbitzky

SHANNON WIERSBITZKY graduated Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Economics and International Studies before receiving her M.B.A. from Duke University. She now works at Vanguard, helping millions of people retire better. Shannon is an avid hiker and often talks to her characters while out in nature. Her first two middle-grade novels, THE SUMMER OF HAMMERS AND ANGELS, and WHAT FLOWERS REMEMBER, received national recognition. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.

Roger Wilbanks

Roger Wilbanks

Roger was born in Dallas, TX. He attended the University of North Texas. He's held almost as many jobs in his life as there are from construction to bouncer to television news web producer. He loves history and hockey. He creates comic strips, adaptations, and more.

Laurie Winter

Laurie Winter

Laurie Winter’s head has always been full of stories. Then a dream gave her the inspiration to put her thoughts into written words, sharing a part of her heart and soul. Now, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's likely fueling up on wine and cheese curds.

Sarah Wolfe

Sarah Wolfe

Sarah Wolfe writes children’s literature full of humor and heart. She fell in love with picture books early and never grew out of them, serving her well in connecting with children through stories. Whether she is traveling or perusing a local bookstore, she’s always brewing a story and a cup of tea. Sarah is a member of SCBWI and lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children.

Diane Yates

Diane Yates

Diane’s love for romantic fiction, in all its forms, fuels her passion for writing. Having served with her husband in youth and adult ministries, she believes whatever she writes should be done with purpose. When she isn’t reading a book, she’s creating one where her characters find strength and hope amidst real-life struggles. As the President of Ozarks Writers League for two consecutive terms, she understands the benefits of such organizations to foster growth and success in writers.

Anita C. Young

Anita C. Young

Anita C. Young is a Canadian American scientist turned artist who strives to bring light to the struggles of mental health. In addition to creating visual metaphors using oil paintings, she creates cute animal memes to bring smiles to everyone.

James Young

James Young

James Young holds a doctorate in U.S. History from Kansas State University and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. His fiction genres are alternate history (Usurper's War series and Phases of Mars anthologies) and military science fiction (Vergassy Universe), and he's had non-fiction articles published in the Journal of Military History and Proceedings. You can find him on FB (https://www.facebook.com/ColfaxDen/), Twitter (@Youngblai), or his blog ((https://vergassy.com/).

Timothy Yue

Timothy Yue

Timothy Yue received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Penn. He’s been a professional tap dancer for 32 years, starting as a dancer for Shining Time Station Live. As a dancer & choreographer for Tap Team Two & Company, he has performed Hoofing in America for Young Audiences. Timothy also developed a notation system for tap & designed & built electronic tap shoes. A back injury kept him from dancing, & he started making books for his then three-year-old daughter.

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Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith, PhD, is a career wildlife biologist. Besides writing for periodicals, he’s an award-winning author of five books of natural history, conservation, and outdoor adventure. Drawing on his experiences living near and studying wild animals in the American West, he writes novels of magical realism and animal fantasy that capture the imaginations of young readers and immerse them in the natural world.

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