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She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Columbus, Ohio. You can find Jody on her website On the Verge at jodycasella.com
Patty Blount is a technical writer by day, author of edgy teen issues novels by night. Her debut novel, SEND, was a Junior Library Guild Fall Pick for 2012, and her third novel, SOME BOYS was a 2015 Firecracker Award winner, Rita finalist, and book award nominee for Missouri and South Carolina Associations of School Librarians. Patty lives on Long Island with her family and really loves chocolate. Really, really loves chocolate. Look for THE WAY IT HURTS, a story about call-out culture, in August, 2017 (Sourcebooks Fire). You can find Patty on Twitter as @pattyblount or at her website, pattyblount.com.
Nancy Ohlin is the author of Always, Forever and Beauty (Simon Pulse). She has also collaborated on several celebrity novels, including a New York Times-bestselling YA trilogy.
She lives in Ithaca, NY with her family. Most days, she writes at home, where her cats like to sit on her keyboard, or at a coffee shop/tattoo parlor with a bunch of other writers. You can find her on Twitter @nancyohlin or at her website nancyohlin.com.
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Tracy Barrett is the author of twenty middle-grade and YA books; The Stepsister’s Tale (Harlequin Teen, 2014) is her tenth novel. Her first novel, Anna of Byzantium (Delacorte), was named a Booklist Editor’s Choice selection, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction title, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an ALA Quick Pick. More recently she penned King of Ithaka (Henry Holt), a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, and Dark of the Moon (HMH), a re-visioning of the myth of the Minotaur. Tracy serves as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Regional Advisor Coordinator. Visit her website, like her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter (@writingtracy)!
www.jennyoconnell.com, and follow her on Twitter @authorjenny or Facebook.
Sydney Salter’s novels include My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters, Jungle Crossing, Swoon At Your Own Risk, and Not A Doctor Logan’s Divorce Book. Sydney lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, two cats, a pair of quiet tortoises, rats, hopping bunnies, and a bearded dragon. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, skiing, traveling, and searching for the ultimate cupcake. www.sydneysalter.com
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of the young adult novels How My Summer Went Up in Flames (Simon Pulse) and Famous Last Words (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt Books and Company). She is also a freelance nonfiction writer and has published articles and essays in national magazines, such as Cosmopolitan. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family and their dog, Buffy (The Squeaky Toy Slayer) and is currently working on her third YA novel set at the New Jersey shore. Visit her at www.jendoktorski.com or on Twitter @jdoktorski.
YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.