Marni Bates wrote her first novel in high school for her Senior Project. It’s still sitting under her bed but she hopes eventually it will be on the shelves with her other works. She loves Julie Andrews and daydreams about one day meeting her for high tea. She’s also a big fan of Meg Cabot, Gordon Korman, Tamora Pierce, and about a gazillion romance authors, including Nora Roberts and Julia Quinn. For more information, visit Marni’s website or check her out on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she’s added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else’s. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. For more information visit her website, or stop by her Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads pages.
Pintip Dunn writes futuristic young adult fiction about the choices that define us. She is a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can also find her on another group blog, Waterworld Mermaids.
Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati and writes the ALIENATED series for Disney-Hyperion. Book one releases in February, 2014, and the sequel, EXCHANGED, will follow in 2015. Additionally, she writes contemporary romance for Penguin and Sourcebooks under the pen name Macy Beckett. For more information, or just to say hello, visit her website, or check her out on Facebook, Twitter, or on Goodreads.
Kim MacCarron is a busy mom of five hellions ranging in age from seven to twelve. She lives in the DC area and loves to read and write YA. She feels like it’s the freshest genre because it always seems alive with possibility and raw feeling. She’s a member of RWA, YARWA, WRW and The Golden Network. She was a Golden Heart finalist in 2010 with her contemporary YA, SQUEEZE THREE TIMES. You can also find her at Waterworld Mermaids, another group blog with fellow WRW members or give her a little tweet on Twitter.
Jennifer McAndrews has been writing since the seventh grade and totally refuses to divulge how many years have passed since then. After serving on the newspaper and dabbling in specatularly bad poetry during high school, she took creative writing classes at Nassau Community College and studied the art of the essay under the tutelage of the incomparable June Jordan while at SUNY Stony Brook. In her professional life, Jennifer has worked in legal, medical, and scientific publishing, but is dedicated to fiction in her private life. She lives in the greater New York Metro area with three dogs, four cats, kids, husband, and fancy rat called Hudson. You can visit her website, or check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.
Jennifer McGowan has been writing fiction for long enough to know better. Her first attempt at a full-length Choose Your Own Adventure computer program – written when she was 12 years old – was keyed into her brand new Commodore Vic 20. (yes, this means she’s really old. That was back when computers had tape cassettes.) It was called “The Silver Key,” and was the story of a young, intrepid adventurer who discovers pirates, underground labyrinths, and mysterious villains; and who then—against all odds—falls in love. A past RWA Golden Heart winner and 2011 Golden Heart finalist, Jenn is represented by agent extraordinaire Alexandra Machinist, of Janklow & Nesbit. You can find out more by visiting her website, or checking her out on Twitter, and Goodreads.
Lea Nolan writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She’s holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children. You can learn more on Lea’s website, on Facebook, Twitter and on Goodreads.