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Holly Schindler is the author of the critically acclaimed YA A BLUE SO DARK, which received a starred review in Booklist, was named one of Booklist's Top 10 First Novels for Youth, and won both a solver medal in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and a gold medal in the IPPYs. Schindler writes in multiple genres for all age groups (she's also the author of PLAYING HURT, a YA romance, and THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, a contemporary MG). Her third YA (and first mystery / thriller), FERAL, released with HarperCollins on August 26, 2014; FERAL received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her fourth YA, SPARK, released in May of 2016 and has been called a "shimmering spell" by Booklist and "tailor-made for readers who believe in the mystery and magic of the theater" by Kirkus. She enjoys interacting with her readers, and encourages them to get in touch at hollyschindler.com.
Jody Casella is a former high school English teacher with a degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes College and a Masters in English from the University of Memphis. Her first novel THIN SPACE, a paranormal YA mystery published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, received a starred review from Kirkus.
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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Jennifer R. Hubbard writes contemporary, realistic young-adult novels (The Secret Year, Try Not to Breathe, Until It Hurts to Stop). She has also written Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as North American Review, Cricket, Hunger Mountain online, and the anthology TRUTH & DARE. She also blogs, and is on Twitter as @JennRHubbard. When not writing, she is usually hiking, reading, or sampling dark chocolate.
Amy K. Nichols has been crafting stories for as long as she can remember. She earned a Master’s in literature and worked for years as a web designer, though, before realizing what she really wanted to be was an author. Her first novel, YA sci-fi thriller NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on December 9, 2014. The follow-up, WHILE YOU WERE GONE, will be published in 2015. She is mentored by award-winning crime novelist James Sallis. Visit her online at www.amyknichols.com.
Best selling author Jenny O'Connell is the author of PLAN B, THE BOOK OF LUKE, LOCAL GIRLS and RICH BOYS. You can visit her at 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.
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the 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.