We are so excited to announce our attending authors for #YAFest2017!
Mark Alpert, a contributing editor at Scientific American, writes Young Adult thrillers that weave real science and technologies into the story. His first YA novel, The Six (Sourcebooks Fire, 2015), is about six dying teenagers whose lives are “saved” when their minds are downloaded into U.S. Army robots. The novel received a starred review from Booklist and a Perfect Ten from VOYA Magazine. The sequel, The Siege, was published by Sourcebooks Fire in 2016, and the third book in the series (working title: The Silence) will come out in the summer of 2017. Mark also writes science thrillers for adults; his first, Final Theory (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2008), was published in 23 languages and became an international bestseller. His other novels are The Omega Theory (Touchstone, 2011), Extinction (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2013), The Furies (Thomas Dunne, 2014), and The Orion Plan (Thomas Dunne, 2016). Mark lives with his wife and two teenage kids in New York City.
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.
Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.
MARIA E. ANDREU is the author of The Secret Side of Empty, a semi-autobiographical story of an undocumented teen. It won an Indie Excellence Award and was named “Must-read YA” by Bookish. At age twelve, Marie wrote, “Most of all, I want to be a writer.” It only took her nearly three decades to get there.
Cyn Balog is the internationally-published author of acclaimed novels for teens. Her most recent, UNNATURAL DEEDS (Sourcebooks, 2016), was hailed by Kirkus as “a PG-13 version of Gone Girl (2012)… a treat for mystery fans will keep readers guessing right up until the end.”Her newest psychological thriller, SOLITUDE, will release in 2018. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. Visit her online at www.cynbalog.com.
Hannah Barnaby worked as a children’s book editor, independent bookseller, and book reviewer before becoming the first children’s writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. Her first young adult novel, WONDER SHOW, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist and her second, SOME OF THE PARTS, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Hannah teaches creative writing to writers of all ages in Charlottesville, VA, where she lives with her family.
Michele Barrow-Belisle lives in the forest city, with a paperback in one hand and a mocha latte in the other. She spends far too much time with imaginary people, grateful that her husband and son lovingly indulge her eccentricities.
Heavily addicted to reading, writing and all things chocolate, Michele pens romantic fantasy and paranormal tales starring the aforementioned imaginary people. Her debut young-adult trilogy Fire And Ice, was optioned for a major motion picture.
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning young adult novelist and children’s nonfiction author. Signs of Life, Book Two of the Rough Romance Trilogy, has been released! She wrote it in response to readers’ letters begging for more. Melt, Book One, was the recipient of six honors including the SCBWI Spark Award, the IndieReader Fiction Book of the Year and the Bronze Independent Book Publishers’ Medal for young adult fiction. Selene’s heart wrenching novel The Girl Next Door is being re-released in 2017 with bonus material! National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson calls Selene “a writer worth watching.” Visit www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love–not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Horror Writers–and that combination sums up her writing.
Crissa-Jean Chappell was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, NARC (Flux Books) is currently optioned for film. MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH (Flux Books) is a Florida Book Awards medalist, which Kirkus calls, “compelling and emotionally nuanced.” Chappell’s newest YA novel is SNOWBIRDS (Merit Press, F+W Media, winter 2017). She holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami and has taught creative writing and cinema studies for over ten years. When she misses South Florida, she talks to the parrots in Prospect Park.
Julie Chibbaro is the award-winning author of three books: Into the Dangerous World (Viking, 2015), a novel about a girl artist on the NY streets in 1984, Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011, Scholastic 2012), a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary in 1906, and Redemption (S&S 2004) a historical novel about a girl’s unintended trip to the New World in 1524. All three novels received stellar reviews. Into the Dangerous World is a Junior Library Guild Selection, was named a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the Children’s Book Council, and was nominated for the North Carolina YA Book Award. Deadly won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award, and was Top 10 on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project list. It was named a Bank Street Best Book, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and is now part of many schools’ curriculum. Redemption (Simon & Schuster 2004), an epic tale of love, kidnapping, and white Indians, won the 2005 American Book Award. Julie is a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Program.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @zlikeinzorro.
Jocelyn Davies is a children’s book editor in New York City, where she was born and raised. She studied English and theater at Bates College in Maine. A New Yorker at heart, she currently lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novel The Odds of Lightning, and the A Beautiful Dark series, and has never been struck by lightning—at least not literally. Visit her online at www.jocelyndavies.com and follow her on twitter @jocelyndavies.
In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is a high school English-Language Arts teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.
Beth is a featured author on the 2015-2016 Spirit of Texas Reading List- High School for the Kirkus Starred Reviewed Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014) and The Patience Trilogy: Courage (1), Hope (2),and Truth (3) (Steady On Books, April 2016).
Beth is a member of the RAINN (Rape , Abuse, Incest National Network) Speakers’ Bureau. She has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups.
She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope.”
Beth is in-demand as a panelist, having presented/appeared at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, YALSA, and N.C.T.E./ALAN. She is a member of The Author’s Guild.
Beth is a survivor of a traumatic childhood, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
Kimberly Giarratano lives in the Poconos with her husband, three kids, and an obscene amount of wildlife with no sense of self-preservation. She loves historical and British crime dramas, and she reads a lot of fanfiction. Her debut YA novel,Grunge Gods and Graveyards, won the 2015 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA at Killer Nashville. Her latest book, Dead and Breakfast, won a Kindle Press contract via Kindle Scout.
Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.
Christine Heppermann’s most recent book for young adults is Ask Me How I Got Here, which received starred reviews in School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, which received five starred reviews and was named to five best of the year lists in 2014. She regularly reviews young adult literature for the Chicago Tribune and lives with her husband and two daughters in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Jeff Hirsch grew up in Richmond, VA and now lives in a small town in New York. When not writing you’re likely to find him acting in plays, trying out new recipes or locked in a contest of wills with a small but feisty Puerto Rican dog. He is the author of The Eleventh Plague, The Darkest Path and 39 Clues: Breakaway, all for Scholastic. His newest book, Black River Falls, came out from Clarion Books came out in July of 2016.
Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.
Jeffry W. Johnston
Jeffry W. Johnston writes young adult mysteries and thrillers. FRAGMENTS was a 2008 Edgar nominee by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Young Adult Mystery and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). His novel, THE TRUTH, is new in 2016. Besides also publishing numerous short stories and articles covering various genres and subjects, he has been a film and theatre reviewer. His website is at jeffrywjohnston.com.
BRIGID KEMMERER is author of THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance, and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” Her newest novel, LETTERS TO THE LOST, a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury on April 4, 2017. Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons. Visit her at brigidkemmerer.com.
Demitria Lunetta is the author of the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END (HarperTeen). She is also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT. Her next novel, BAD BLOOD, will release from Delacorte /Random March 14, 2017.
IN THE AFTER is an American Booksellers Association 2013 ABC Best Books for Children and an Amazon 2013 Top Twenty Teen Book. Find her at demitrialunetta.blogspot.com, on twitter @DemitriaLunetta and on Facebook at DemitriaLunettaAuthor.
Melinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture.
Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat.
Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series.
Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, released October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania. Visit her at www.jennifermurgia.com.
Christine Norris is the author of several speculative fiction works for children and adults. She is overeducated, which means the only job she is suited for is Librarian. She also has a complete weakness for Doctor Who, Sherlock, and other British television shows, as well as an addiction to movies, re-told fairy tales, and police procedural shows. She also believes in fairies.
Nancy Ohlin was born in Tokyo, Japan and divided her childhood between there and Ohio. She received a BA in English from the University of Chicago. She is the author of the YA novels CONSENT, BEAUTY, and ALWAYS, FOREVER (all Simon Pulse). As a ghostwriter/collaborator, her credits include a New York Times-bestselling YA trilogy as well as nearly a hundred other books for children, teens, and adults. She lives in Ithaca, NY.
Sister-brother team Micol and David Ostow were born and raised in suburban New Jersey and share a lingering fascination with their home state, as well as a love of all things horror. Their previous collaboration, So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) received two starred reviews and was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Despite their affection for New Jersey, both Ostows currently live in Brooklyn, NY, with their respective families (in respective houses with respective smelly dogs). Visit Micol at micolostow.com, and for more of David’s work visit davidostow.com or follow him on Instagram @oscomics.
Jenny Adams Perinovic
Jenny Adams Perinovic is a YA author and librarian. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her perpetual student husband and their tiny menagerie. She likes to write books filled with mystery and magic (and kissing). On twitter, she’s @JennyPerinovic, and you can visit her online at jennyperinovic.com.
I started my love affair with books at five years old. It all started when a copy of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe hit me on the head … climbing bookcases hurts. We didn’t own a wardrobe, so I pushed on every wall in the house, even the ones in the bathroom, trying to get in. Setting my disappoint aside, I set about creating my own lands for everyone to enjoy. Check me out on social media, I’m everywhere or at least try to be, and I love to talk to my readers.
Stacie Ramey attended the University of Florida and Penn State, where she received a master of science degree in speech pathology. When she’s not writing, she engages in Netflix wars with her children and beats her husband in Scrabble. She lives in Wellington, Florida, with her husband, children, and rescue dogs. Visit Stacie at stacieramey.com.
Danielle Rollins/Danielle Vega
Danielle Rollins / Danielle Vega is the author of the horror novels THE MERCILESS, THE MERCILESS II: THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES, and SURVIVE THE NIGHT (Razorbill, written as Danielle Vega), as well as the teen thriller BURNING, and the upcoming BREAKING (2017, Bloomsbury). She lives in Brooklyn, NY and spends far too much money on vintage furniture and leather boots.
DIANNE K. SALERNI is the author of the popular Eighth Day fantasy series about a secret day of the week, described by Kirkus as “an exciting blend of Arthurian legend and organized crime.” She has also published two historical novels: The Caged Graves, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and We Hear the Dead, inspiration for a short film, The Spirit Game, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Dianne is a former elementary school teacher who retired from teaching to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2,000-year-old pyramids in the name of book research.
Tiffany Schmidt is the author of YA novels: Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, Hold Me Like a Breath, and Break Me Like a Promise (books 1 &2 in the Once Upon a Crime Family series). She’s also authored a picture book: The Adventures of Black Dog. When she’s not writing about superstitions, life-changing nights, sea-faring pups, or organ-trafficking crime families, she can be found chasing her impish children around their backyard, baking, running, or watching Netflix with her saintly husband. A former sixth grade teacher, Tiffany misses life in the classroom and is always delighted to book school visits or writing workshops.
Kieran Scott is the author of dozens of books for YA readers, including WHAT WAITS IN THE WOODS, a thriller Kirkus Reviews called “masterful” and “cinematically paced.” She is also the author or the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series under the pen name Kate Brian. The plot for her latest work, an action-packed, romantic, suspense novel titled PRETTY FIERCE, came to her in a dream about Chris Hemsworth. Kieran lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and two sons and is also a Senior Editor for Disney Hyperion and Freeform Books. You can visit her at www.kieranscott.net or @kieranscott on Twitter.
Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, Hear the Wolves, Violet Grenade, and the Dante Walker trilogy. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. Her most recent release, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood is a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book, and was nominated as a YALSA Teens’ Top 10 book in 2015. Victoria’s novels are sold in thirteen different countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from across the world. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.
Tom Tancin HATED to write—and read—throughout the early part of his education. But a challenge from his 7th grade English teacher changed his life forever. Now 30 years old, Tom has sixteen years of writing experience, six years of publishing experience, four series in progress, multiple accolades, and his work has been translated and sold into another language. His most recent work is The Atlantis Revolution trilogy. In addition to writing, Tom is a 7th grade biology teacher.
Kara Thomas is a true crime addict who has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. Her newest book is THE DARKEST CORNERS, available now from Penguin Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers. You can find her on Twitter (@karatwrites), Instagram (@karamoomoo), or at www.kara-thomas.com.
Yvonne Ventresca enjoys writing about situations that scare her. Her latest YA novel, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES, is a psychological thriller about a girl who doesn’t know if she’s experiencing a haunting or mental illness (Sky Pony Press, 2016). Her debut YA novel about a deadly bird flu outbreak, PANDEMIC (Sky Pony Press, 2014), won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne’s other credits include a short story in the YA dystopian anthology, PREP FOR DOOM, and two unfrightening nonfiction books. Besides writing, she enjoys Isshinryu karate, which she has studied for the last eleven years. Yvonne resides with her family in New Jersey.
K.M. Walton is the author of Cracked (Simon & Schuster 2012), Empty (Simon & Schuster 2013), and the upcoming Ultimatum (Sourcebooks 1/3/17). She’s editing and contributing to her Behind the Song anthology (Sourcebooks 9/2017). She co-authored Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking (Corwin Press 2011) for mathematics teachers K – 8. K.M. graduated from West Chester University with a degree in elementary education. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher she’s passionate about ending peer bullying. She’s a proud member of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau who gives school presentations on the topic “The Power of Human Kindness.” K.M. lives in PA with her husband, two sons, and cat. Visit the author at kmwalton.com or follow her on twitter @kmwalton1.
Mean people baffle her – she’s so passionate about acceptance that she gives school presentations titled: “The Power of Human Kindness.”
** ULTIMATUM will be available to purchase at YA Fest 2017! **
Meg Wiviott grew up in New Jersey. She was a History major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned a master’s degree in Education from Northwestern University. Meg earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Meg and her husband live in New Jersey with a ridiculously friendly cat. They have two grown children.
Meg is the author of two award winning books. BENNO AND THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS is a picture book which tells the story of Kristallnacht through the eyes of a cat. BENNO was Selected as one of School Library Journal’s Best Books 2010 and made CCBC’s 2011 Best Choice Lis: Picture Books. It was the winner of Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards’ Gold Medal for Multi-cultural Picture Book as well as the winner of Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for Multicultural Picture Book by the Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression.