Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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Nicole Steinhaus (Founder of YA Stands): Nicole writes YA fiction (contemporary and suspense), teaches during the week, and is an editorial intern for Entangled Publishing under Stacy Cantor Abrams. She's an avid reader of YA and likes to think she's the "cool" sort of nerd Books: Boys Like YouFragile Line (currently on submission) Where to find Nicole: website, Twitter, Facebook Agent: Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency

Jo Ramsey: Jo is a former special education teacher who got stuck in her teen years, so she decided to write young adult fiction. Her books touch on themes such as bullying and sexuality, as well as fighting evil and saving the universe. Books: Reality Shift series (Jupiter Gardens Press), The Dark Lines series (Jupiter Gradens Press) Where to find Jo: website, TwitterFacebook
 Julie Rieman Duck: Julie likes to write - a lot. By day she writes marketing copy, and by night (and all other times whenever possible) she writes contemporary young adult stories. Julie's books look at real issues that move the emotions and make the readers think. Books: A Place in this Life (debuted Fall 2011)
Where to find Julie: website, Facebook, Twitter,

Amy Giuffrida: By day, Amy is a middle school language arts teacher who has embraced her inner teen by obsessively reading YA and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. At night, she battles her inner demons by blogging and writing contemporary YA. Although she has nothing published to date, there are stories yet to be told. Where to find Amy: website, Twitter 

  Heather Riccio: Heather, now a senior publicist for Entangled Publishing, has been writing professionally since the age of 19. She is also the Features Editor of Urbanette Magazine. Heather writes YA, MG, and picture books. Books: The Sense Keeper (status: seeking representation) Where to find Heather: website, Twitter
Kristine Carlson Asselin: Kristine is the author of almost a dozen children’s books for the school library and elementary markets. In addition to nonfiction, she writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. Books: The Worst Case of Pasketti-itis (4RV, 2015), Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn: All About the Earth Signs (2010), Stars (2011), Our Sun (2011), Who Really Discovered America (2011), The Real Story About Government and Politics in Colonial America (2011) -- all from Capstone Press,
The Sweet Spot (status: currently on submission). Agent: Vickie Motter of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. Where to find Kris: website, Twitter, Facebook

Laura Kolar: Laura often tells people she’s making up for lost time since she didn’t discover her love of writing (or reading) until she was thirty. She works full time at a job that has nothing to do with the literary world so when she’s not at work, or spending time with her family, you’ll find her in her rocking chair reading or writing (YA stories especially). Books: Captive Art and Accidental Magic (status: seeking representation) Where to find her: website , Twitter Favorite Quote: If you haven’t felt like quitting, your dreams aren’t big enough.
Kate Brauning: Kate is an English teacher and works for a curriculum publishing company. She writes adult and young adult fiction, reads obsessively, does wedding videography with her husband, and can't get enough of Harry Potter. Recently, she became an editorial intern for Entangled Publishing. Books: The Other Side of Silence (status: seeking representation) Where to find Kate: Twitter, Website

Rebecca Carvalho: Becca is a Brazilian writer with a B.A. in English from Lawrence University, WI. She teaches English to ESL students during the week, and on weekends / whenever there's a bit of free time works on her YA and MG stories. Other than writing (her compulsion), hanging out with her husband, reading, playing videogames, and animals are her passions. Books: Daphne's Book (status: seeking representation) Where to find Becca: website, Twitter, Facebook

Haylee Qualls: Haylee is an avid people watcher which tends to influence her stories. When she is not writing YA or children's fiction (paranormal and fantasy) she can be found cuddling her rabbit, Mylo, and devouring YA novels. Books: Larry the Hairy Fairy (status: seeking representation) Where to find Haylee: website  Twitter


Jolene Haley: Jolene lives and breathes YA literature. She has a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton and black belt in being awesome. If she's not reading or writing, you can find her feeding her coffee addiction, wishing for fall, or impatiently waiting for her Hogwart's acceptance letter. Books: Bump in the Night (currently seeking representation). Where to find Jolene: website, Twitter

The Book Critic: The Book Critic is a fifteen-year-old anonymous blogger who, although still in school, has been trying to write a book since she was ten. She hasn't published a best seller (yet), but instead has focused on creating a blog that not only encourages young adults to read but tries to help with their confidence too. Where to find The Book Critic: Twitter, Blog

Tonya Kuper: Tonya Kuper holds an MS in Reading Education K12, is a stay-at-home mom, and writes young adult fiction (contemporary & urban fantasy). Books: Haute Mess (status: seeking representation). Where to find Tonya: Website, Twitter, Facebook

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