YA Outside the Lines has been going strong since 2010. The original idea was simple: Every month, our regular contributors write pieces on a single theme or idea. We've been proud to host so many inspiring YA authors. Bestsellers and midlisters, who wrote stories that ran the gamut: adventure, romance, politics. Authors featured at YAOTL have all tackled the hard-hitting subjects, for an audience dealing with those issues for the very first time. 

Writers currently at YA Outside the Lines:

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 SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, a novel about surviving sexual assault (Sourcebooks Fire). You can find Patty on Twitter as @pattyblount or at her website, pattyblount.com.

John Clark isn't quite a real Mainer, having been born in New Jersey, but has lived in the Pine Tree State since 1949. He chose to avoid growing up, but when he realized his dream of starring as a major league baseball player was out of reach, he skipped over bank robbery and got a degree from Arizona State University in English. After 27 years working as a mental health professional, he discovered his real job, being a public librarian. His writing career began as a contributor to Library Services in Mental Health Settings published by Haworth Press. Serving as internet columnist for Behavioral and Social Services Librarian for ten years followed that, as well as being a regular contributor to Wolf Moon Journal a Maine literary magazine.

His first book, The Wizard of Simonton Pond was published as an ebook in 2011. That was followed by numerous short stories published in Level Best Books New England crime anthologies.  He is currently working on Hardscrabble Kids a short story collection about Maine teens who are finding ways to overcome impossible situations, and Don't Say It a historical YA book about a high school junior in 1969 who's beyond fed up with being treated as less than because of her gender.

When not writing, he reads extensively, mostly in the YA genre and reviews almost every book he reads. Gardening, winning sweepstakes and enjoying three grandkids rounds out his most important activities.

Christine Gunderson grew up on a family farm in North Dakota reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books in her own little house on the prairie. 

She’s a former television anchor/reporter and former House and Senate aide. She currently writes YA and women’s fiction and lives outside Washington, D.C. with her children, Star the Wonder Dog, and a very patient husband. 

She’s the 2018 and 2021 overall winner of the unpublished Daphne du Maurier Award, a 2019 Golden Heart® Finalist and is represented by Michelle Grajkowski at Three Seas Literary.

When not writing, she’s sailing, playing Star Wars trivia, re-reading Persuasion, or unloading the dishwasher. 


Brian Katcher is the author of the Stonewall Award-winning LGBTQ romance Almost Perfect, as well as Playing With Matches, winner of the 2011 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award; The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak; Everyone Dies in the End; and Deacon Locke Went to Prom. He lives in Missouri with his wife Sandra, and daughter Sophie.

Sydney Salter’s writing career started with keeping a high school diary, but she now finds it even more exciting—and far less traumatic—to make stuff up. Her novels include My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters, Jungle Crossing, and Swoon At Your Own Risk. Sydney lives in Utah with her husband and assorted dogs and cats. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, working as a small claims court mediator, and traveling absolutely anywhere. www.sydneysalter.com or @sydney_salter

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.

Author Photo by John Schindler II
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.

Meet author Janet Raye Stevens – mom, reader, tea-drinker (okay, tea guzzler), and weaver of smart, stealthily romantic tales. Winner of the
 RWA Golden Heart award, YA Romance Writers Rosemary award, and Daphne du Maurier award, Janet writes paranormal mysteries, YA sci-fi, time travel adventures for both YA and adult readers, and the occasional Christmas romance with humor, heart, and a dash of suspense. She lives with her family in Massachusetts. Connect with Janet at janetrayestevens.com.

Mary Strand would rather be living in Paris while writing books and songs, rocking out on guitar in a classic-rock band, playing pro basketball, and eating banana-chocolate crêpes. Constantly.

She practiced law in a large Minneapolis firm for 16 years until she set aside her pointy-toed shoes (or most of them) and escaped to write novels. The first novel she wrote, Cooper’s Folly, won RWA’s Golden Heart award and was her debut novel. She writes YA, women's fiction, and romantic comedy. On the YA front, she wrote a four-book YA series, The Bennet Sisters, starting with Pride, Prejudice, and Push-Up Bras.

Mary lives on a lake in Minneapolis with her husband, two cute but grownup kidlets (when they're there), and a stuffed monkey named Philip. When not writing, she lives for sports, travel, guitar, dancing (badly), and ill-advised adventures that offer a high probability of injury to herself and others.  Visit her at marystrand.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of eighteen young adult novels, including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, and Bleed, all published by Disney/Hyperion Books, as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series. With over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been translated into thirty languages, developed into podcast series, and optioned for TV. Her newest title, The Last Secret You'll Ever Keep, was released in 2021, a companion book to Jane Anonymous, which was named a 2020 Best Book by Kirkus and included on several state award lists. To learn more about her work, please visit her website: www.lauriestolarz.com (Photo credit: Joseph Puleo)


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