2016 Writers For Hope Donors

Meet our EIGHTY splendiforous Donors of Awesomeness! 

Click here to see the amazing items these folks have donated.

Dahlia Adler

Dahlia is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, an author by night, and writes for the B&N Teen Blog at every spare moment in between. She is the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University series. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

Ronni Arno

Ronni writes middle-grade and young adult novels, because she thinks kids are cool, and so are the books they read. Her first novel, Ruby Reinvented, debuted in Fall 2015. Her second book, Poppy Seeds, publishes with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin in Summer 2016, and Molly in the Middle publishes with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin in 2017. Ronni lives on the coast of Maine, where she stalks her kids for story ideas, kayaks and eats chocolate...but not usually at the same time.


Learn more about Ronni on her website or follow her on Twitter!

Aurora Publicity

At Aurora Publicity, they live, breathe, and love marketing books and working with authors. As published authors and/or avid readers, they love the written word in all its forms.


Their commitment to their authors is to provide the right marketing guidance and execution to help them increase their visibility, expand their brand and platform, and sell more books.


Their commitment to their readers is to continuously provide a plethora of opportunities to connect book lovers with flocks of new authors and books.


Their commitment to their bloggers is to provide stories to fall in love with, or new favorite authors to follow. 


Find out more about Aurora Publicity on their website and follow them on Twitter!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren is the author of over 30 books for nearly every age group and in nearly every genre imaginable, including Falling for Prince Charles (adults), Red Girl, Blue Boy (YA), and the nine-book series for young readers, The Sisters 8, which she created with her husband and daughter. Before being published, she was an independent bookseller, a freelance editor, a book reviewer, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer.


Learn more about Lauren on her website or follow her on Twitter!

Danielle Barthel

Following her completion of the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation, Danielle began interning at Writers House. While there, she realized she wanted to put her English degree and love of the written word to work at a literary agency. She worked as a full-time assistant for three years, and continues to help keep the New Leaf offices running smoothly in her role of Coordinator of Team and Client Services/Associate Agent.


In her downtime, she can be found with a cup of tea, a bar of chocolate, or a really good book...sometimes all together.


Follow Danielle on Twitter!

Veronica Bartles

Veronica is the author of Twelve Steps and the upcoming picture book, The Princess and the Frogs (coming November 15, 2016 from Balzer & Bray / Harper Collins). She’s an incurable optimist who loves gray, drizzly days, because that’s when rainbows come to visit. Veronica is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, LLC), and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the OneFour KidLit group. She’s been a mentor in Pitch Wars (both for MG and YA) for the past three years, and she hosts the #PubTalkTV Twitter Party.


You can find out more about her at vbartles.com

Adam Bender

Adam Bender is an award-winning journalist and author of speculative fiction that explores modern-day fears with a balance of action and romance.


Adam has written two dystopian sci-fi novels about government surveillance: We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. He will soon release an epic new western about gun issues, The Wanderer and the New West. In addition, Adam has adapted We, The Watched into a screenplay,


As a journalist, Adam has reported extensively on technology and the international debate between personal privacy and national security. He was a senior journalist for Computerworld, Techworld and CIO in Sydney, Australia, and covered US politics on Capitol Hill for the esteemed Washington trade journal, Communications Daily. Adam has won awards for his articles from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Specialized Information Publishers Association.


Learn more about Adam on his website and follow him on Twitter!

Brooks Benjamin

Brooks lives in Tennessee with his wife and their incredibly spoiled dog. His first novel, My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights will be released by Delacorte/Random House (April 12, 2016).


Learn more about Brooks on his website and follow him on Twitter!

Book Riot

Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes they are serious and sometimes silly. Some of their writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. They like a good list just as much as they like a good review. They think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.


And the only thing they like as much as books is talking about books with other readers. So chat with them on Twitter!

Mackenzie Brady Watson

Mackenzie joined New Leaf Literary as an agent in 2014. Previously, she'd been an agent at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency and before that an intern at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and FinePrint Literary Mgmt.


She was a microbiologist in her pre-publishing life, so she's always on the hunt for projects that bring new facets of science to light. She is endlessly fascinated by the human body, especially the heart. Her taste in non-fiction extends beyond science books to memoirs, lost histories, epic sports narratives, and gift/lifestyle books. She's looking for non-fiction for all ages. She is particularly interested in projects with a strong narrative and a female bend.


Mackenzie does not accept middle grade fiction or picture books, but she represents select adult and YA fiction projects. Her favorite novels are almost always dark, visceral reads focused on the complexities of being a human. Think Breaking Bad and The Wire but in book form. She also represents illustrators (with or without book projects of their own).


In the end, all she wants is to be told a good story.


Learn more about Mackenzie on the New Leaf Literary website and follow her on Twitter!

Juliana Brandt

Juliana L. Brandt has been writing seriously since 2010 and tends to mainly write Middle Grade fiction, though she has dabbled in both Young Adult and Adult fiction. She has volunteered as a PitchWars mentor for the past two years Brenda Drake's writing contest. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring North Carolina's State Parks with her family, rock climbing, or finding new creative outlets like making paper snowflakes.

Learn more about Juliana on her 
website and follow her on Twitter!

Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She's the author of the Chasing The Dream romance series and the young adult novel Future Shock (Albert Whitman & Co). Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.


Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA. She previously worked as an intern for literary agent Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, an intern for Entangled Publishing, and an editor for Curiosity Quills Press. You can find her online at www.elizabethbriggs.net.

Rachel Brooks

Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel worked as an agent apprentice to Louise Fury. In addition to her industry training, Rachel has a business degree and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from Texas A&M University-CC.


She is excited about representing young adult fiction, as well as sexy adult romances. In YA, she's looking for authentic voices and memorable characters. In romance, she loves swoon-worthy heroes and determined heroines.


She’s a fan of both print and ebooks and has a soft spot for marketing savvy writers. You can check out her client list and previous deals at her website.


Follow Rachel on Twitter!

Marissa Burt

Marissa writes middle grade fantasy and is represented by Laura Langlie of the Laura Langlie Literary Agency. As a girl, Marissa was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class, and she would still rather read a good story than do just about anything else. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, four children, and heaps of books.


Learn more about Marissa on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Erica Chapman

Erica  is a young adult author, former editor and literary agent intern, and Pitch Wars mentor. Her first novel, Teach Me To Forget will be published by Merit Press in the Fall of 2016. Her writing is represented by the lovely Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis. She's a member of SCBWI and a lifetime Lions and Michigan football fan who loves alternative music. She blogs, tweets, and watches various CW & Freeform shows while typing her next story on her MacBook in a Detroit Lions Snuggie.


Learn more about Erica on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romantic suspense. Her debut novel, The Strongest Steel, book one of the SECOND CIRCLE series, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2015, followed by The Fractured Heart in 2016.


A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home, and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.


Scarlett's days are spent immersed in whatever book she is currently working on. The rest of her time is spent working out to offset a legendary sour candy habit, searching for the perfect pair of shoes, consuming every form of romantic fiction, and promising her family that she will get round to cooking dinner in a minute. 


Learn more about Scarlett on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Kevin Craig

Kevin is the author of young adult novels (Summer on Fire, Burn Baby Burn Baby, and Half Dead & Fully Broken), as well as adult-themed novels featuring young narrators (Sebastian's Poet and The Reasons). Kevin is also a playwright. He has had ten plays produced for the stage. His poetry, short fiction, and memoir has been published internationally. He was a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Writers' Conference. Kevin is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He lives in Toronto, Canada. 


Learn more about Kevin on his website and follow him on Twitter!

G. Donald Cribbs

G. Donald Cribbs has written and published poetry and short stories since high school. Donald is a graduate of Messiah College in English and Education, and is currently a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He and his wife and four boys reside in central Pennsylvania where the author is hard at work on his next book, the sequel to his debut novel, The Packing House, (January 18, 2016), by Booktrope. Having lived and traveled abroad in England, France, Belgium, Germany, China and Thailand (you can guess where he lived and where he visited), the author loves languages and how they connect us all. Coffee and Nutella are a close second.


Learn more about G. Donald on Facebook and follow him on Twitter!

Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards.  Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.


A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.


Learn more about Tessa on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Barbara Devlin

Bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, DE that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite. Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature flawed heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero, before they find their happily ever after. Barbara earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.


Learn more about Barbara on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Brenda Drake

Brenda Drake is the author of Touching Fate (Entangled Crave, 10/15) and Thief of Lies: a Library Jumpers novel (Entangled Teen, 1/16). She hosts workshops and contests such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. She’s represented by Peter Knapp at New Leaf Literary.


When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


Learn more about Brenda on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Diana Gabaldon

Diana is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.”


Diana’s current writing projects include the ninth major novel in the Outlander series, as yet untitled, and a second volume of The Outlandish Companion. She is also serving as a Co-Producer and advisor for the Outlander TV series produced by the Starz network and Tall Ship Productions, which is based on her novels.


Learn more about Diana on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel. Her writing has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The Crisis, Gawker, and other venues. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, she lives with her husband and children in Minneapolis.


Learn more about Shannon on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Christopher Grant

Christopher was born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at Stony Brook University, receiving degrees in Economics and Human Resource Management (as well as a minor in John Madden Football for the Playstation). His debut novel, Teenie, was met with critical acclaim from prominent publications including Booklist, “Smooth writing …deserving of attention…”, and School Library Journal, “Realistic descriptions…make for an enjoyable reading experience...”, and featured in the New York Public Library Summer Reading List for 2014.


Learn more about Christopher on his website and follow him on Twitter!

Lauren Grimley

Lauren Grimley lives in central Massachusetts where she grew up, but her heart is on the beaches of Cape Cod where she spends as much of her time as possible. After graduating from Boston University she became a middle school English teacher. She now balances writing, reading, and correcting, all with a cat on her lap and a glass of red wine close by.


Lauren's first two novels in her adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Unforeseen and Unveiled, were published by an indie publisher. She has since self-published the final book, Unbound, as well as Unbridled, a collection of short stories from the series.


To learn more about her or her writing or to connect with her online visit her website at www.laurengrimley.com or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Serene Hakim

Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston. She has also interned at David Godine Publisher and Chase Literary Agency. Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas. She loves to read anything she can get her hands on, but is particularly drawn to fiction with strong female voices, both fiction and non-fiction with international themes, and non-fiction works that introduce the reader to a new way of looking at the world.


Follow Ayesha Pande Literary on Twitter!

K.T. Hanna

KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.


Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.


When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, plays computer games, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.


Note: Still searching for her Tardis.

Her first trilogy is available now:


“Hanna…spins dysptopian gold.” Kirkus Reviews Praise for Chameleon


Chameleon (The Domino Project Book 1)

Hybrid (The Domino Project Book 2)

Parasite (The Domino Project Book 3)

Sonia Hartl

Sonia Hartl is a YA writer represented by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency. She's a member of SCBWI, and her work has appeared in The Writers Post Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, and the anthology Bearing North.


Learn more about Sonia on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Ava Jae

Ava Jae is a YA and NA writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, Beyond the Red, is now available (Sky Pony Press). When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram, or YouTube channel.






Eddie Joyce

Eddie was born and raised on Staten Island. After graduating from Harvard University, he taught for a year on Staten Island before attending Georgetown Law Center. Before he started writing, he practiced law in Manhattan for ten years, mostly white collar criminal defense. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three daughters.


Learn more about Eddie on his website and follow him on Twitter!

Anya Kagan

Anya loves helping others shape the gems of their writing, working to draw out and enhance the author's vision. Since graduating from Brandeis University with a degree in Creative Writing (as well as in French and Russian Literatures), Anya has worked with authors such as Sarah Andre, Deek Rhew, Simon Quellen Field, Gabriel Böhmer, Aubrie Dionne, and many more. She has also edited for Entangled Publishing and Pandamoon Publishing. In 2013, Anya founded the community writing project Scripting Change, offering writers the opportunity to spread awareness and raise funds for crucial causes, just by writing.


Learn more about Anya on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Kerry Kletter

Kerry has had a lifelong passion for story. She holds a degree in literature and has an extensive background in theater, having appeared in film, television, and onstage. When not writing, Kerry can be found surfing, running, working with animals, or singing loudly in her car while stuck in LA traffic. A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Kerry now lives in Santa Monica, California, with her partner, screenwriter David Zorn. The First Time She Drowned is her debut novel. 


Follow Kerry on Twitter!

Eliza Knight

Eliza is a USA Today bestselling author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens riveting historical fiction. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and one very naughty puppy. Visit Eliza at http://www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com.


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Jenny Lawson

Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn't classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Her blog (www.thebloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular.


Follow Jenny on Twitter!

Molly Lee

Molly is a writer, editor, and mentor best known from Pitch Wars, a program that connects promising writers to established authors in the community. She writes NA contemporary and YA urban fantasy with strong heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. Throw in high-octane action or any kind of supernatural element and she’ll be hooked. A military spouse with two children and one stubborn english bulldog, Molly enjoys watching storms from the back porch of her Midwest home and digging for treasures at local antique shops.


Learn more about Molly on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Y.S. Lee

Y. S. Lee is the author of the award-winning Agency novels (Candlewick Press), a quartet of mysteries featuring a mixed-race girl detective in Victorian London. After earning a Ph.D. in English literature, Ying realized that her true love was gritty historical detail – something she tries to make the most of in her fiction.


Learn more about Y.S. on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Kathryn Le Veque

Kathryn is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also a quadruple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2015. Her bestselling novel, The Wolfe, is also a semi finalist for the 2015 Kindle Book Reviews award for Best Romance. 


Find out more about Kathryn on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Jennifer Levine

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Brandeis University. She has over five years’ experience working as a full-time editor and is currently the Managing Editor for Circlet Press, where she has compiled and edited a number of short-story anthologies. Jennifer has strong opinions about the serial comma and the merits of both physical books and e-books, and nothing bothers her more than typos or grammatical errors in published books.


Learn more about Jennifer at the Touchstone Editing website and follow her on Twitter!


Once upon a time Tala and Margo met. Small talk turned into a big friendship, which turned into a beautiful Etsy shop specializing in book related accessories.


Literati Club is a team of two permanent members - Tala and Margo - and lots of people (including family members) who help them along the way to run any types of errands and keep them as sane as possible.


Check out their website and their store!


As avid readers themselves, the team at Litographs are constantly considering opportunities to bring authors, fans and characters together, and they believe that more readers make for a better community.


To that end, in addition to creating custom-made products for book lovers to get closer to their favorite characters, they see Litographs as a way to share the power of books with more people. They're committed to promoting literacy all over the world -- to make a direct impact, they proudly partner with the International Book Bank to send one new, high-quality book to a community in need for every order placed on Litographs.com.

Amanda Mariel

Bestselling, Amazon All Star author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Some of Amanda's favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper's Ferry, W.V. and Sea Brook, N.H. She loves the history surrounding them and visits every chance she gets. 


Amanda is also a content developmental editor for Kensington Press under their Lyrical Press banner.


Find out more about Amanda on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Anna Markland

Passion conquers whatever obstacles a hostile medieval world can throw in its path. Anna's page-turning adventures have earned her a place on Amazon’s All-Star list.


Besides writing, Anna has two addictions-crosswords and genealogy, probably the reason she loves research. She's a fool for cats. Her husband is an entrepreneur who is fond of boasting he’s never had a job.


She lives on Canada’s scenic west coast now, but was born and raised in the UK and she loves breathing life into the history of my homeland.


Escape with her to where romance began.


You can find Anna at her website and her Facebook page, Anna Markland Novels.


Tweet her @annamarkland, join her on Pinterest, or sign up for her newsletter.

Tamara Mataya

Tamara is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a librarian, and a musician with synesthesia. She puts the 'she' in TWSS and the B in LGBTQIA+. She’s the co-creator of Pitchmas, a bi-annual pitch contest for writers, and as a freelance editor, has worked with NYT Bestselling authors. 


Follow Tamara on Twitter!

Catherine McCall

Catherine McCall, author of Never Tell: A True Story of Overcoming a Terrifying Childhood, is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today Magazine. She has recently retired from 30 years of her work as a marriage and family therapist and in addition to being on the Speakers Bureau for RAINN, is serving on the panel of the United Kingdom Child Sexual Abuse People's Tribunal.


Learn more about Catherine on her website and follow her on Twitter!



Sarah McCarry

Sarah is the author of the novels All Our Pretty Songs, Dirty Wings, and About A Girl, and the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine. Her books have been nominated for the Norton Award and shortlisted for the Tiptree award, and she is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Glamour, Book Riot, Tor.com, and elsewhere.


Find out more about Sarah on her website and follow her on Twitter!

MK McClintock

MK McClintock is the award-winning author of several books and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series set in post-Civil War Montana, and the highly-acclaimed "British Agent" novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in the 1800s. 

A life-long seeker, MK is inspired by the good works of mankind and believes that within every person is a better version of themselves waiting to be discovered. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains.


Find out more about MK on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Joy McCullough-Carranza

Joy is a middle grade and YA writer represented by Jim McCarthy of DGLM. She contributes to the group blog Project Mayhem, mentors for Pitch Wars, and edits for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. She also ghostwrites, homeschools two children, and eats ridiculous amounts of chocolate. Joy would love to critique any genre of MG or YA (and in a previous life she was an award-winning playwright with a degree in theater from Northwestern University, so if you happen to be writing a play, she would crit that too.)

L.L. McKinney

L. L. McKinney, AKA Elle, is a freelance writer, a published poet, and a core member of Novel Clique. She’s also the creator and host of the bi-annual Pitch Slam contest via her blog.


Elle lives the single life in Kansas surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside doing the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her weekends watching Saturday morning cartoons, defending her crown as the Mario Kart queen, and waging war against the enemies of Azeroth. For the Horde! When she’s pretending to be a grownup, she plays the part of freelance writer, published poet, and an active member of the writing community via social media outlets (which is a fancy way of saying she’s addicted to Twitter). She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She also enjoys long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.


Learn more about Elle on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Christina McKnight

Christina is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.


Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.


Learn more about Christina on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Hildie McQueen

Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves entering unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy.


Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from deliverymen while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook.


Hildie's favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.


She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt, an unruly boy Chihuahua and a spoiled rotten girl Chiweenie named Lola.


Visit her website at www.hildiemcqueen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HildieMcQueen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HildieMcQueen

Instagram: @HildieWrites

Fiona McLaren

Fiona McLaren is represented by Tom Witcomb of the Blake Friedmann Agency and writes both YA and MG. She has worked as a full time copy and content writer, interned for two literary agencies and is the lead script writer on a children’s animation.  She is a proud Pitch Wars mentor.

She lives in the sunny island of Cyprus with her partner Christos and her comical horse Roger. She will wrestle you for the last can of Coca Cola in the room!


Learn more about Fiona on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Jodi Meadows

Jodi lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the Incarnate Trilogy and the Orphan Queen Duology. 


Learn more about Jodi on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Sangeeta Mehta

Sangeeta has worked in the book publishing field since the late 1990s. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon & Schuster). She later returned to Hachette to freelance-edit a New York Times bestseller. She currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with current and recent clients including Macmillan, Lee & Low, and Workman Publishing) and individual authors. Visit her website at www.mehtabookeditingnewyork.com and follow her on Twitter!

Marie Meyer

Marie was a Language Arts teacher for fourteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt new adult romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member of RWA and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Marie’s short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and binging on weeks of DVR’d television shows with her husband.


Learn more about Marie on her website and follow her on Twitter!

David Mokotoff, M.D.

David was in private practice for cardiology in St. Petersburg, Florida, for thirty-three years. He founded the Bay Area Heart Center in St. Petersburg in 1982, where he was the past president and CEO. He retired in 2015. He was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama extension in Mobile, Alabama from 1978 to1982.


After attending the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, he did postgraduate medical training at the University of California at San Diego. Excited by the growing field of cardiology, he did a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Methodist Hospital, in Houston, Texas, with renowned heart surgeon Michael DeBakey.


His writing has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Physician Practice, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Medical Economics, Health Florida Newsletter, He has also contributed monthly blog posts on http://www.physicianspractice.com/blog


He also blogs regularly at www.KevinMD.com, most recently with the piece "Rethinking Retirement," January 2016. His blogs have also been accepted and published on the Health Care Blog and Physicians Practice.

Sandra Moore

Sandra began her writing career in the office of a U.S. Senator and worked as a journalist focusing on stories about children and families. She and her family live close to the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. where she first encountered the protagonist of her story -- a bonsai tree that is nearly 400 years old, and miraculously survived the bombing of Hiroshima. She felt that the Japanese family's devotion to the tree, and their ultimate decision to donate it to America in an act of reconciliation and peacemaking would inspire young readers. 

Dannie Morin

Dannie is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day she alternates between counseling teens and wrangling a very sassy toddler. By night she writes, critiques, and edits like a boss. When she’s not doing those things, she’s a compulsive participant in the Carolinas Region of SCBWI and a regular Snarky Sue in online Pitch Contests. Dannie pens young adult and new adult fiction in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is represented by John M. Cusick of Folio Jr.


Learn more about Dannie on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University.


Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.


Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide.


Learn more about Jojo on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Maria Murnane

A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, is the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. At her speaking engagements she shares the “story behind the story,” an entertaining tale of courage, passion and perseverance that has inspired audiences across the country to follow their dreams – no matter what.


Learn more about Maria on her website and follow her on Twitter!

L.S. Murphy

L.S. obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it’s the first time. When she’s not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults. 


Learn more about L.S. on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Gail Nall

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novels Breaking the Ice, You're Invited, You're Invited Too, and the forthcoming Out of Tune (all available from Aladdin/S&S). She is also the author of the young adult novel Exit Stage Left (Epic Reads Impulse/Harper). She is represented by Julia A. Weber of J.A. Weber Literaturagentur, and is a contributing blogger for Kidliterati and the Fearless Fifteeners.


Learn more about Gail on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and wants to grow up to be a time traveler.


In the midnight hours of the day she writes young adult stories as well as the occasional middle grade adventure. Her debut young adult novel This is Where It Ends is out now.


Learn more about Marieke on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Jami Nord

Jami has interned for Entangled Publishing, Bree Ogden, and The Bent Agency. She has experience handling extensive amounts of slush and evaluating hundreds of manuscripts in reports, and helps with #PitchMadness and #PitchWars. A love of books led her to a BA in English. She adores stories with a strong voice no matter the genre, and routinely reads all forms of speculative fiction, romance and erotica, thrillers, mysteries, contemporary (especially dark ones), and pretty much any random novel that transports her to another world. She’s followed the publishing industry for over a decade, though only had the courage to risk a professional move when she upended her life to move cross country from Texas to Philadelphia in 2012. She currently freelances as part of Chimeraediting.com


Learn more about Jami on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Shannon Parker

Shannon lives on the Atlantic coast in a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel.


Find her at www.shannonmparker.com, on Twitter or on Instagram.

Rebecca Petruck

Rebecca's debut Steering Toward Normal is a Blue Ribbon winner as a Best Book of 2014 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB), an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection, as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. Vanity Fair's Hollywood dubbed it a "book we'd like to see made into a film," the L.A. Times included Steering Toward Normal in its Summer Books Preview, Christian Science Monitor named it one of 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels, it is part of the International Reading Association's list "Books Can Be a Tool of Peace," in the 2014 ABC Best Books for Children catalog, and an American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Recommended Publication. Steering Toward Normal is a Housatonic Book Award finalist, and the BCCB gave it a starred review.


Rebecca is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from UNC Wilmington, and is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary.


Her second book, Will Nolan Eats Bugs, will be released by ABRAMS/Amulet Fall 2017. 


Learn more about Rebecca on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Beth Phelan

Beth Phelan is an agent with the Bent Agency, representing authors who write young adult fiction, romance, select commercial and literary adult fiction, and nonfiction by way of lifestyle, cooking/food writing, humor, pop culture, LGBT and pets/animals.


After graduating from New York University, she found her footing as an intern with the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. Since then, she's held positions at Waxman Leavell Literary and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.


When she was a kid, her father told her: "You're not going to have any friends left if you keep reading instead of returning their phone calls." That's when I knew she wanted to work with books (although she likes to think that she's managed to strike a better balance in her life now). She lives in Brooklyn with a neurotic chihuahua, goofy beagle and always some form of cheese in the fridge.


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Meara Platt

Meara is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled the world, works as managing partner in a boutique law firm in NYC, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England's Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many of her stories are set in that idyllic landscape, including her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award winning story.


Get to know Meara better on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

Ashley Poston

Ashley’s fangirl heart has taken her everywhere, from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stage of music festivals to cosplaying at conventions in New York City, where she currently lives. When not writing, she hangs around the internet tweeting about all the feels. Tweet her @ashposton and read her blog at www.casuallybeingweird.com.

Tanusri Prasanna

Tanusri had a somewhat unorthodox transition into publishing. A lawyer by training, she has a PhD in legal philosophy & human rights from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School. Along the way she worked in the legal department of the World Bank in Washington and as a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School. An avid fan of children’s literature, Tanusri joined a book club devoted to kidlit in 2012, which sowed the seeds of her decision to become a literary agent specializing in children’s books. To this end, before joining HSG, she gained valuable experience interning at Knopf Young Readers and Foundry Literary+ Media.


She is interested in all sorts of kidlit, ranging from picture books and middle-grade to YA (including YA/Adult crossovers). Tanusri is drawn to storytellers who deftly inveigle readers into their intricately-crafted plots with great voice and a touch of humor, and to writers with a vivid sense of the absurd. And while her primary interest is kidlit, she is also open to selective domestic suspense (Tana French and Sophie Hannah are two of her favorite authors in the genre) and voice-driven narrative non-fiction on social justice issues.


Find out more about Tanusri on the HSG Agency website and follow her on Twitter!

Mandy Schoen

Mandy is a freelance fiction editor specializing in young adult, new adult, and adult romance, thriller, and fantasy. She is a senior editor with Swoon Romance (YA, NA and Adult Romance) andMonth9Books, LLC (YA and MG Speculative Fiction). When she isn't reading or editing, she's usually spending time with her family. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and dog in a house full of books.


Learn more about Mandy on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Caitlin Sinead

Caitlin Sinead’s writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists. Her work has appeared in The Binnacle, Jersey Devil Press, and USA Today, among other publications. Carina Press is publishing two of her new adult books, Heartsick and Red Blooded, in 2015. She has a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.


Learn more about Caitlin on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Tricia Skinner

Tri­cia is an Assistant Agent working with Laurie McLean at Fuse Literary. Raised in Detroit, Tricia obtained her undergraduate degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned her graduate degree from Southern Methodist University.


Professionally, she began her writing career as a newspaper reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle. She’s covered small & minority business, personal finance, and technology.


Tricia has 20 years of experience working with the video game industry in various roles, including public relations, industry relations, and writing/editing. She is also a hybrid author of passionate urban fantasy (represented by Fuse co-founder Laurie McLean).


Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart.  As an agent, Tricia wants to represent authors who reflect diversity and cultures in their work. The real world is not one nationality, ethnic group, or sexual orientation. She’s looking for talented writers who deeply understand that as well.


On the personal side, Tricia has a Tom Hiddleston obsession and she is definitely Team Vader. Her fam­ily includes three Great Danes (so far).


Learn more about Tricia on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Amber Smith

Amber grew up in Buffalo, NY and now lives in Charlotte, NC with her two dogs. After graduating from art school with a BFA in Painting, she earned her MA in Art History. When she’s not writing, she is working as a curator and freelance art consultant. She has also written on the topics of art history and modern and contemporary art. The Way I Used to Be is her first novel.


Learn more about Amber on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel is a contemporary YA writer, tap dancer, and educator living in Seattle. Her background is in journalism, and she has experience as a producer at NPR and as a copy editor. She has been a Pitch Wars mentor for the past two years. 


Learn more about Rachel on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Lauren Spieller

Lauren is a California girl living in Brooklyn. When she isn’t gazing longingly at interior design blogs, searching for Brooklyn’s best latte, or complaining about the weather, she's working as a Literary Scout and writing young adult novels. She also works as a freelance editor, specializing in query and manuscript critiques. 


Lauren is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management


Learn more about Lauren on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Jessica Spotswood

Jessica grew up in a tiny, one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with her nose in a book. Now she lives in Washington, DC where she can be found working as a children’s library associate for the DC Public Library, seeing theatre with her playwright husband, or—most often—with her nose in a book. Some things never change.


Learn more about Jessica on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Stacey Trombley

Stacey lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you'll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she's off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her "places to travel" list is almost as long as her "books to read" list.


She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.


Her debut novel Naked, was released by Entangled Teen in July 2015.


Learn more about Stacey on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Debbie Weil

Debbie is a graduate of Harvard with a degree in English. She has an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown. She is an author, a Web pioneer, a blogging expert, an international speaker and a former journalist. She is the founder of Voxie Media – Big Ideas. Short Books. – a location-independent publishing company that offers writing programs and indie publishing for up-and-coming business authors.


Learn more about Debbie on her website and follow her on Twitter!

Megan Westfield

Megan has dabbled in many hobbies and pastimes ranging from playing the cello to cake decorating to a dozen different adventure sports.  Eventually, she discovered the only way to do it all was though writing—her first and strongest passion. She grew up in eastern Washington, went to college at Oregon State University, and was a Navy officer for five years. She now lives in San Diego, Calif., with her husband, two young children, and the wild chicken that came with their house.  Megan was formerly the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Southern California and is represented by Melissa Edwards of The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.  Her debut novel, Lessons in Gravity, will be released this fall, with the second book in the series coming in spring 2017. 


Learn more about Megan on her website or follow her on Twitter!

Lana Williams

Lana is a bestselling author who writes historical romance filled with mystery, adventure, and a pinch of paranormal to stir things up. Filled with a love of books from an early age, Lana put pen to paper and decided happy endings were a must in any story she created.


Her latest series is The Seven Curses of London, set in Victorian times, and shares stories of men who attempt to battle the ills of London, and the ladies they fall in love with who truly give them something worth fighting for.


Her first medieval trilogy is set in England and follows heroes seeking vengeance only to find love when they least expect it. The second trilogy begins on the Scottish border and follows the second generation of the de Bremont family.


The Secret Trilogy, which shares stories set in Victorian London, follows three lords injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went terribly wrong and the women who help heal them through the power of love.


She writes in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two growing sons, and two labs, and loves hearing from readers.


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