Mandie Blasz is a 20 something dreamer, artist, traveler, writer, reader, and lover. She prides herself on loving most things (except for spiders, and very unfortunately chocolate ice cream). Mandie is a graduate of Buffalo State College, with a degree in Ceramics, and a minor in Art Therapy (and an almost minor in fibers). She is currently spending her time constructing a business for her art, writing a few horror/fantasy/sci-fi short stories, working full time for an oral surgery practice, and obsessing over her very adorable goldendoodle, Monty. She can be found on social media occasionally posting (the unfortunate thing about living deep in the woods, is internet is not readily available) on twitter: @manmanblasz and instagram @bandiemlasz or @montgomerymordecai
Carey Blankenship is a soon-to-be graduate from Berry College (one more semester, woo!). She is double majoring in English and Creative Writing, but she also considers herself to be well-versed in dog and video-games. In her free time, you can find her watching ghost stories or eating candy. Her newest WIP, entitledStonehaven, follows the adventures of three best friends when they discover gems and crystals aren’t just beautiful to look at, they can also be magical.
Gabriella Crivilare is a firm believer that you never grow too old for the things you love. She is a graduate of Knox College and a current student in the Children’s Literature MFA Program at Hollins University, both of which have enabled her to write multiple papers on subjects near and dear to her heart: Star Wars and children’s books. She writes middle grade and young adult contemporary fantasy, as well as fairy tale retellings, all fueled by her dangerously high level of coffee consumption. Though an inhabitant of rural Illinois, her heart belongs to the city of Chicago. She can be found on her blog at gabriellacrivilare.wordpress.com or more frequently on Twitter @g_crivee.
Sarah Driver has recently graduated from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing for Young People. Her MA manuscript is a middle-grade fantasy adventure, which she is currently in the process of editing. She likes reading, taking research trips and drinking copious cups of tea, whilst always listening out for the dark tales and strange creatures that are waiting to be discovered, just beyond the realms of what can be seen. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahDriver10. (All posts by Sarah D.)
Becca Harris comes from the depths of the wilds somewhere on the northern edge of England. She likes old things, new places, dark fairytales, ghosts, and the stories that are buried in a landscape. Her current manuscript is a YA Historical novel (at the editing stage), but she struggles with concentrating on only thing at a time, so she has several other projects she’s working on simultaneously. She has a BA in History and recently completed her Masters in Writing for Young People. Occasionally she also messes around with pencils and paints. Find her on Twitter @BeccaMHarris (All posts by Becca)
Alyssa (Lys) Hollingsworth is a 22-year-old ex-military brat with fondness for puzzles and tea (loose leaf Irish breakfast, please). She graduated Berry College with my BA in English/Creative Writing and is currently pursuing her MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. She’s completed a few novel-length projects and is working on final revisions for her latest manuscript. She’s quite obsessed with fairytales and Welsh mythology. In her free time, Lys can be found with a camera around her neck, wandering the hills of England and doing her best to get lost. (All posts by Alyssa)
Sarah Kettles has been writing since she learned to read, and telling stories since long before that. When she’s not writing YA and MG fantasy and lit fic, she’s working as a freelance editor and illustrator. She – an American – lives with her Scottish husband, American/Scottish/Irish mini-human, and Irish puppy monster in Ireland, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin. She can be found at sarahkettles.com and tweeting @sfkettles. (All posts by Sarah K)
Valerie Lawson is a young adult contemporary author who dabbles in middle grade mysteries and practices the art of cursing while driving. She has been known on occasion to wield sarcasm like a +5 Holy Avenger. In her previous life, she believes she was a Mayan goddess as evidenced by her love of chocolate and Javier Bardem. (She recognizes that Javier is Spanish, but she doesn’t care.) She lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her family, who suffer through her delusions of grandeur and bouts of madness with grace. You can find Valerie blogging at Barbies on Fire or on Twitter @litbeing. (All posts by Valerie)
L.S. Mooney is a binge reader, ballet dancer, and crazy cat lover. Her debut novel. THOROUGHLY MODERN MIRELLA, released from Bookish Group Press on April 12, 2016. In her copious spare time, she is writing contemporary YA about quirky girls, vintage cars, and musical theatre. She has lived a few places and visited a few more, but she is a Midwest girl at heart and an enthusiastic alumna of The Ohio State University. A semi-recent college grad with more interests than time, her life is a little all over the place right now – quite literally as she splits time between Buffalo, NY and Columbus, OH. Despite her nomadic tendencies you can always find her on twitter @LSMooney and on her blog lsmooney.blogspot.com. (All posts by LS)
Charlie Murrell-Edwards graduated from Queen Mary, University of London back in 2014 and has spent the last year making a living as an ESL teacher in Bari, Italy. She is a voracious traveller, reader, knitter, writer and eater. When she’s not teaching, she is usually writing up her travel experiences for the online travel publication Exploration Online (www.exploration-online.com), where she is also the Editor for their Oceania section. Charlie started her own blog, Lessons in Transience, (www.lessonsintransience.
Jenny Perinovic has always loved books. By day, she works in a library, and by night, she writes YA fantasy, romance, and horror about brave girls, the boys who love them, and their battles against dark forces (also, kissing). She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010, where she wrote papers about monsters in medieval literature (yes, really!). She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and small menagerie. On twitter, she’s @JennyPerinovic and you can find her at bookish.nu and jennyperinovic.com. (All posts by Jenny)
K.S. Ruof is an aspiring author, world traveler, and shopaholic. She is brilliant at beginning novels but fails to finish all of them. She hopes to move into a tiny home (somewhere warm) so she can pursue a career in writing and stay-at-home mommy-ing. You will not find her online as she steers clear of most, if not all, social situations.
EM Castellan is a writer of YA Historical Fantasy novels. She lives in an English castle, travels extensively, reads voraciously, listens to music bands few people have heard of and watches too many movies to count. She also has a full-time job, so she mostly writes at odd hours and drinks a lot of tea. She is represented by Erin Niumata of Folio Literary Managementand she is a member of the British Fantasy Society as well as SCBWI British Isles. She can be found on her blog or very often on Twitter. (All posts by EM)
Lauren Garafalo writes Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Paranormal for Young Adults. She has an unhealthy obsession with exclamation points and the caps lock key, thinks going to the movies should still be an Orphan Annie style event, and fangirls like it’s 1999. You can find Lauren on twitter at @laurengarafalo or her blog at laurengarafalo.com. (All posts by Lauren)
Ellen Harvey hates writing about herself. She is a fiction writer and does not write memoirs (yet). She is Australian and a bit of a floating publishing professional. She has worked at a variety of publishing houses, has trained as a tutor in children’s writing and has completed two writing and editing degrees. Currently, she’s editing a scrapbooking magazine, running two start-ups (a storybook app company and a micro-storytelling website), and writing her second novel. In 2013, she is editing her first novel, a children’s series called The Chronicles of Charlie amp; Cub, with the goal to get a publishing contract by the end of the year. Despite having all these projects on the go, Elle can be found blogging at lnkproductions.org, tweeting at @honeyelle and travelling around the world. (All posts by Ellen)
Alyssa Hatmaker is a part-time student and works full-time in tech support. She spends her precious free time devouring books and listening to the voices in her head, which usually belong to characters in her stories. Although she has written short stories and poems for as long as she can remember, she’s currently working on her first novel, a young adult horror/fantasy hybrid. She lives in Chattanooga, TN with a handsome boy and a dog named after Jimi Hendrix. You can find her blogging, mostly about pop culture and entertainment (her other two loves besides reading and writing), at lyss.me and tweeting at @lyssness. (All posts by Alyssa)
Neil Kettles is a Scottish NERD who plays with toy soldiers. When he was little (Sarah doesn’t believe he was ever THAT little) he wrote silly adventure stories. As a spotty teenager he dabbled in gory sci-fi, and progressed into very swear-y modern fiction by the time of his undergraduate degree in English at St. Andrews. He is now a trained librarian, and hopes someday to write young adult books that his *ahem* minions will enjoy. He also has a beard. (All posts by Neil)
Serena Lawless is the Irish one. She owns enough books to open a small shop. The only books she’s interested in selling, however, are her own. She never leaves the house without a notebook and often stops mid-conversation to scribble down some new idea, plot twist, or an entirely new world. You can find Serena on twitter at @serenalawless, or on her blog at solawless.com. (All posts by Serena)
Kristy Montgomery is a coffee-addicted puppy mother and avid writer with a BS in English Education. She lives in northern Georgia and has worked for ten years as the director of a youth theatre company called ACT I. Her passion is language, and she’s a nerd for Latin roots and etymology. She completed her play script, Split, earlier this year and is currently in the beginning stages of a post-apocalyptic novel. She can be found on twitter at @ramblesome. (All posts by Kristy)
Megan Orsini is a writer in the DC metro, going through her first round of querying. She has an MFA in creative writing but that doesn’t make her better than you (just kidding, it does). She writes YA books about crazy people and sometimes she ventures into the adult literary world to write about older crazy people. (All posts by Megan)
Kit Scrogham is a dreamer with a penchant for counterproductive multitasking. She’s the girl reading five books at the same time while being a banker by day and a YA novelist by night –though she’s currently stuck in limbo deciding whether she’s more like JK Rowling or Nicholas Sparks’ evil twin. Aside from snarky male leads, awkward antiheroines and dystopian settings, Kit loves Diet Coke (with an unhealthy passion), pumpkin spice lattes, sweet potato fries, Hallmark movies and catchphrases. When she’s not stuck in an endless spiral of liking things on Tumblr and pinning things on Pinterest, she can be found tweeting @kitmuses or blogging at kitmuses.com. (All posts by Kit)