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Into bark and pore
   the cold vapor
   seeps
a foreign light
    strange gravity

All turns
as if in a truce,
     equilibrium
     shifted

Caught in the
   expanding
           pause

you are forgotten—

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About the Literary Agents — literary agent profiles and interests

Prospect Agency is proud of its talented artists. Each brings a unique voice to the literary world. Although they write and illustrate across an array of genres, they all share the combination of talent and imagination that represent the ideals of Prospect Agency. Browse the profiles and writing excerpts below, or use the search tool to filter by genre and/or keyword.
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  • Literary agency writers - Jessica Arnold

    Jessica Arnold

    Jessica Arnold has sworn she will never try skydiving, but she also said she wouldn't ever write a book and look how that turned out. Her first novel, The Looking Glass (Month9Books, January 2014), is about a girl who finds herself trapped in a haunted hotel and has to solve a decades-old mystery to save her own life. A passionate publishing nerd, Jessica's day job is at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she is a digital production associate working on cookbooks. Because of this she always has more recipes to try than she has time for and more beautiful books than she has bookshelves to hold. But such is life. She has a master's degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College. You can find out more about her at www.iamjessicaarnold.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Kristen Ashley

    Kristen Ashley

    Kristen Ashley has published over 30 books since she started publishing in March of 2011. Goodreads and Amazon describes them as "addictive" and a typical review (this one found at Tough Critic Book Reviews) might describe her books as "crack laced in heroine dipped in Patron!" Kristen is a "hybrid" author, being both self-published and traditionally published. Some of her popular series include The Dream Man Series, The Colorado Mountain Series, The Rock Chick Series and The Unfinished Heroes Series. Born in Gary, Indiana and currently living in Phoenix, Arizona by way of Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England, Kristen has always dreamed of connecting to readers with her imperfect characters and sharing her vision that a good heart always finds love in the end.


  • Literary agency writers - Colette Auclair

    Colette Auclair

    Colette Auclair began life in Pittsburgh, writing stories in goldenrod notebooks. After studying theater and advertising at Northwestern University, she spent her formative years as a copywriter in Manhattan, where she absorbed lots of theater and a few martinis. Then she landed in Colorado and accidentally wrote a romance novel—Thrown—which became a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. It's the first book in Colette's Aspen Valley series, followed by Jumped and Branded, all published by Simon & Schuster's Pocket Star. Colette lives near Denver with her actor husband, elegant Thoroughbred mare and thoroughly put-upon Portuguese Water Dog. Learn more at coletteauclair.com.


  • Literary agency writers - M. Molly Backes

    M. Molly Backes

    Molly Backes grew up in Wisconsin, where she began writing about the world around her. At age four she penned her first story, "Raccoons Looking in a Mailbox, " asking readers to grapple with the important question: What are those raccoons looking for? After graduating from Grinnell College, Molly moved to New Mexico, where she got 150 middle schoolers to write novels with her for NaNoWriMo. Her first YA novel, The Princesses of Iowa, will be published by Candlewick Press in Spring 2012. Molly lives in Chicago, writes for young adults, and stops to pet every dog she sees. Check out her blog at mollybackes.blogspot.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Bridget Baker

    Bridget Baker

    Bridget Baker graduated with a Bachelor's degree from BYU in two years and then finished law school at the University of Texas at the age of 22. Years later, she discovered law was kind of boring. Now she does as little legal work as possible and writes young adult novels instead. She lives with her four children, her smashingly handsome husband and her fluffy, yappy dog in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She eats at least five cookies a day, avoids chocolate whenever possible, and loves kickboxing. So if you don't like her books, I wouldn't tell her that in person.


  • Literary agency writers - Ale Barba

    Ale Barba

    Ale Barba has been making art for as long as she can remember. She started painting at an early age creating holiday and birthday cards for her family. It wasn't until a co-worker at a children's museum told her artists can "actually" make a living that the idea of illustrating for a career even occurred to her. That was six years ago and Ale has been working as an illustrator ever since. She has been published in Mexico, Denmark, Colombia and Spain, and has won numerous awards for her artwork world wide. Ale was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and still lives there today. She is currently working on several projects which she has written and illustrated that are due out for submission. To see more of Ale's work visit: www.AleBarba.com


  • Literary agency writers - Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

    Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

    Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen never thought she'd grow up to be a writer. She'd thought of being a doctor (but she's afraid of blood), a model (but she likes to eat), or the president (but she had a dissolute youth)— so much for childhood dreams. Sudipta is the author of over 35 books for children, including picture books such as Half Pint Pete the Pirate, illustrated by Geraldo Valério (Putnam), Hampire!, illustrated by Howard Fine (HarperCollins), and Chicks Run Wild, illustrated by Ward Jenkins (Simon & Schuster). She'll also soon be launching a new series of early middle grade novels. Sudipta often visits schools to share her stories, and teaches writing to children and adults. She lives in New Jersey with her three children and an imaginary pony named Penny. Find her on the web at www.sudipta.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Alice CE Bauer

    A.C.E. Bauer

    A.C.E. Bauer has been telling and writing stories since childhood. After a break while she worked as an attorney, writing legal briefs and telling stories about her clients, she has returned to fiction, writing children's books and short stories for all ages. She is the author of the middle-grade novels No Castles Here and Come Fall, as well as the YA novel Gil Marsh (all published by Random House). Born and raised in Montreal, A.C.E. Bauer spends most of the year in New England, and much of the summer on a lake in Quebec. To learn more about her writing, visit her website at http://acebauer.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Jake Bell

    Jake Bell

    Jake Bell declared his intention to be a writer when he was seven years old. His mother gave him one piece of advice: "Get a good day job." After fifteen years in the job market, Jake had been a sportscaster, a magician, a disc jockey, a bagel baker, professional wrestling referee, a college English instructor, and a minor league second baseman, and earned a BA and MBA—but he hadn't gotten much writing done. Finally, during a stint of unemployment, Jake got fed up with trying to find a good day job and wrote his first middle grade novel, Secret Identity Crisis. This is the first of four superhero books in The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks series (Scholastic), with cover illustrations and a special full-color comic inserts by Chris Giarrusso. Jake lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his two kids. Find him on the web at www.jakebell.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Serena Bell

    Serena Bell

    Serena Bell writes books for Harlequin Blaze and Random House's Loveswept imprint about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things sometimes, and how love can make it all better. Serena wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since—a skill that's particularly useful now that she's a mother of two. When she's not scribbling stories or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by her kids, she's practicing modern dance improv in the kitchen, swimming laps, hiking, or reading on one of her large collection of electronic devices. You can find Serena online at www.serenabell.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Amber Belldene

    Amber Belldene

    Amber Belldene is always reading racy books at the most inappropriate times, and has been observed ogling her Kindle in the church parking lot. Even as a kid, she hid novels inside the service bulletin to read during sermons, an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days. Amber is a romance writer and Episcopal priest who believes sexuality is vital to spirituality, love is beautifully messy, and stories are the best way to explore human truths. Evidence of these convictions can be found in Amber's steamy paranormals and quirky, hot contemporaries, which have been published by Omnific, Entangled, and Lyrical/Kensington. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco and can be found at amberbelldene.com.

    Read excerpts from Amber Belldene


  • Literary agency writers - Amanda Berry

    Amanda Berry

    Amanda Berry took up writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she's hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy contemporaries and dark paranormal romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard. Her Marlene award-winning contemporary romance, L.A. Cinderella, will debut from Harlequin Silhouette Special Edition in June 2010. From gritty paranormals to glowing contemporaries, one thing remains the same—love and happily ever after. Amanda lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. For more about Amanda and her books, please visit www.amanda-berry.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Veronica Bird

    Veronica Bird

    Veronica Bird knew from the moment she picked up her first Barbara Cartland novel that romance was in her blood. Her first historical romance, The Pirate's Apprentice (out for submission), is the steamy tale of a headstrong English lady who receives lessons in seduction from a roguish yet irresistible captain of a pirate ship. When she is not writing, Veronica can be found keeping her two-year-old son from tackling her five-year-old daughter (and the dog from tackling them both). She aspires to one day sit down and watch a movie all the way through without interruption. Veronica is a graduate of University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she majored in creative writing.


  • Literary agency writers - Selina Bjorlie

    Selina Libi Bjorlie

    Selina Libi Bjorlie practiced as a doctor of optometry for many years before pursuing her love of writing. She received an MFA degree in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her credits include a story based on her father's childhood during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines published in Cricket. Her poetry has appeared in Red Weather and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her husband and three children.


  • Literary agency writers - Susan Blumberg-Kason

    Susan Blumberg-Kason

    Susan Blumberg-Kason spent her childhood in suburban Chicago dreaming of the neon street signs and double-decker buses of Hong Kong. As soon as she was old enough, she moved there to study. Susan spent most of her twenties living in Hong Kong, where she met and quickly married a musician from central China. Her memoir, Good Chinese Wife (Sourcebooks, 2014), recounts her years in a Chinese family as a wife, daughter-in-law, and mother. Remarried and back in suburban Chicago, Susan lives with her husband, three children, and a clingy cat. She is working on another memoir about her family's ties to Shanghai during World War II. You can find Susan online at www.susanbkason.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Jennifer Boyd and Laura Conant

    Jennifer Boyd & Laura Conant

    Jennifer Boyd and Laura Conant are sisters who have decided to patch up years of name calling and hair pulling by writing a book together. As the mom of a toddler and a biology and environmental sciences professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Jennifer juggles strained yams with mid-term exams while using effective everyday ways to reduce her family's environmental footprint. She earned her doctorate in earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in environmental science and English from Allegheny College. Laura Conant also graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in environmental science and is currently a natural resources graduate student at the University of Vermont. Laura is a proud aunt, competitive peek-a-boo player, and volunteer mentor to young girls in the Burlington area. While they've authored and co-authored a number of scientific articles, the eco-parenting guide Mind Your Mother Earth!: Fifty Ways to Green Up Your Parenting of Infants, Teens and Kids In Between is Jennifer and Laura's first book. They are enjoying taking a break from writing about photosynthesis and soil nitrogen in favor of some witty banter.


  • Literary agency writers - Steve Breen

    Steve Breen

    Steve Breen was born in Los Angeles and attended the University of California at Riverside. He has been the editorial cartoonist for The San Diego Union-Tribune since 2001. His work is nationally syndicated by Creators News Service and regularly appears in USA Today, The New York Times and Newsweek. Steve is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning (1998, 2009). He is also the recipient of the 2007 Berryman Award for editorial cartooning given by the National Press Foundation, The 2008 Thomas Nast Award given by The Overseas Press Club and the 2009 National Headliner Award. Steve has written and illustrated three books for children including Stick (Dial, 2007), Violet The Pilot (Dial, 2008) and The Secret of Santa's Island (Dial, 2009). Steve lives in San Diego with his wife and four children. He enjoys reading, running, playing the guitar and piano and watching old movies on cable.


  • Literary agency writers - Paul Paolilli and Dan Brewer

    Dan Brewer & Paul Paolilli

    Dan Brewer and Paul Paolilli are an uncle and nephew team who have collaborated on many creative projects over the years. Their first picture book, Silver Seeds (Viking Children's Books, 2001) received the 2002 International Reading Association's Award for Best Children's Book by first time authors. Dan and Paul's passion to teach and learn has drawn them both into education; Dan teaches high school English and Paul is a school psychologist. They credit their strong Italian tradition of family and food, nature and song for providing the foundation for their imaginations. They are currently working on more picture books, as well as their first middle grade novel.


  • Literary agency writers - Meagan Brothers

    Meagan Brothers

    Meagan Brothers published her debut novel for young adults, Debbie Harry Sings in French, in 2008 by Henry Holt & Co. It was a selection in the Kirkus First Fiction special section, listed as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults for 2009, and included in the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age 2009. The book received a starred review in PW, and Booklist proclaimed it "an easy recommendation for reluctant readers." It was followed in 2012 by a prequel, Supergirl Mixtapes, also published by Henry Holt. She is also the author of Drinking People, an adult novel set in a dusty Texas town that explores the relationship between father, daughter, and their writing (out for submission), as well as another YA novel, Teenage FBI (out for submission). Her chapbook of poems, 1978, was published by CafeMo Press in 2001. A native Carolinian, Meagan currently lives and works in New York City.

    Read excerpts from Meagan Brothers


  • Literary agency writers - Janice Broyles

    Janice Broyles

    Janice Broyles, a Michigan native, has been telling stories since she was a little girl. Now that she's a grown up she teaches writing and has done so for the last fifteen years. In her free time though, you will still find her writing down her stories, including her young adult novel, Falling too Deep. Check out her blog (and learn about her writing process) at JaniceBroyles.com, or follow her on Twitter @JaniceBroyles1.


  • Literary agency writers - Gregory Bruno

    Gregory Bruno

    Gregory Bruno worked as a journalist for over a decade, writing about Washington for The New York Times, Nepal for Foreign Affairs, and Tibetan minorities for The Guardian. A native of Vermont and a graduate of Skidmore College, Gregory has reported from the Middle East and North Africa, and covered the Arab Spring revolutions as editor of the opinion page at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. But these days Gregory, who is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, most enjoys investigating the intersection of culture and politics in Asia, the focus of his current project. He is a frequent visitor to the Tibetan areas of India, where the momo, a Tibetan dumpling, is one of his favorite afternoon snacks.


  • Literary agency writers - Christopher Buecheler

    Christopher Buecheler

    Christopher Buecheler writes science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers along with nonfiction about cocktails and video games. He's also a professional web designer and developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer of beer, a player of the guitar and drums, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic existence with his wonderful French wife and their two cats. Currently they reside in Providence, RI. Visit Christopher's website at cwbuecheler.com and follow him on Twitter at @cwbuecheler.


  • Literary agency writers - Laura Byrne

    Laura Byrne

    Laura Byrne spends her days around high school sports and the young adults that play them. Therefore, it's no surprise that her debut YA manuscript, Unnecessary Roughness (due out for submission), is a football story, one that deals with aggression on—and off—the field. As editor-in-chief for a popular New Jersey high school football website (www.morrissussexfootball.com), Laura helps aspiring student writers get their work noticed and local athletes gain recognition. She's also a board member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Football Foundation, the first female member in eighteen years of existence. Laura is a former middle grades teacher and an MFA graduate from Vermont College. She lives in Mendham, New Jersey, with two sons and a daughter, who have collectively played football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and track on both the high school and college levels.


  • Literary agency writers - Ann Cardinal

    Ann Hagman Cardinal

    Ann Hagman Cardinal, a self-described Gringa-Rican, is a novelist and Director of Student Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she also earned her MFA in Writing. Her first novel, Sister Chicas, co-written with two other Latina writers, was published by New American Library. Her work has appeared in American Scholar, Vermont Woman, AARP, and Latina Magazines. Ann loves vintage Etienne Aigner handbags and talks too much about the zombie apocalypse. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son and you can learn more about her at www.annhcardinal.com or on Twitter at @annhcardinal.


  • Literary agency writers - Anne O'Brien Carelli

    Anne O'Brien Carelli

    Anne O'Brien Carelli grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she set up a lending library on her front porch, wrote a newsletter for the neighborhood, and kept notebooks of stories and poems. She writes anywhere, any time, and has been a teacher, weaver, college instructor, director of the New York State Equity Center, curriculum developer, and business writer. For her PhD, Anne researched the psychology of gifted leaders, which inspired her to build a management training business and write the book The Truth About Supervision (Charles Thomas Publishers, 2nd ed., 2012). Anne also works with refugee children and recently self-published a picture book, Amina's New Friends, about a Somalian refugee girl's first day at school (www.aminasnewfriends.com). Anne lives at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and writes middle grade books while surviving on Ben & Jerry's Fudge Brownie ice cream. Anne is a quilter, is married to a chemistry teacher, and has two children.


  • Literary agency writers - Elizabeth Batten-Carew, Opal Carew

    Opal Carew

    Opal Carew writes erotic romance for St. Martin's Press. In May 2006 (on Opal's wedding anniversary), Emily Sylvan Kim called to invite her into the Prospect family of authors. Within a week, Emily had sold Twin Fantasies to Rose Hilliard at St. Martin's Press as part of a three-book deal! Now Opal is writing three books a year for St. Martin's Press, as well as writing for Samhain Publishing. She also writes various romance subgenres as Amber Carew. Her books have won or been finalists for several awards, including the National Readers' Choice Award, Award of Excellence, HOLT Medallion, Laurel Wreath Award, Golden Leaf and the Passionate Plume Award. She was also named "Fresh Face of Erotic Fiction 2009" in Canada. Before publishing with St. Martin's Press, Opal wrote for New Concepts Publishing and Loose Id. She wrote everything from short stories to full-length novellas and in several difference subgenres of romance. Opal earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and spent 15 years as a software analyst before turning to her passions as a writer. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, two sons, and three cats. To learn more about Opal, visit her website at www.OpalCarew.com, or contact her at OpalCarew@BestRomanceAuthors.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Kevin Catalano

    Kevin Catalano

    Kevin Catalano was born in Chittenango, NY, a village outside Syracuse that celebrates the birthplace of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. As a child, he met all of the surviving Munchkin actors— tiny, beautiful raisin humans who've since warped his fantasies and inspired the setting of his debut literary novel, Where the Sun Shines Out. He is the author of The Word Made Flesh (Queen's Ferry Press), and his fiction has appeared in PANK Magazine, storySouth, Atticus Review, Gargoyle Magazine, and many others. His stories have also been anthologized in Press 53's Surreal South '13, Fiddleblack's Annuals One and Two, and in Dark House Press's Exigencies. He earned his B.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro, and his MFA in fiction from Rutgers University-Newark. He teaches at Rutgers-Newark, and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. Visit Kevin's website at www.kevincatalano.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

    Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

    Dorcas Cheng-Tozun published her first short story, a moving tribute to a melted snowman, at the age of five. She has since turned her efforts to creating narrative nonfiction that is hopeful, healing, and redemptive. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today, The Well, and Asian American Women on Leadership, and has been featured in over a dozen publications in Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S. Her current book projects chronicle her experience as a Chinese American expat in Shenzhen, China, and provide guidance on how to survive marriage to an entrepreneur. Dorcas lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, her adorable haha son, and a hidden stash of chocolate. You can find her online at www.chengtozun.com or on Twitter @dorcas_ct.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Young J. Chung

    Young Jin Chung

    Young Jin Chung was working as a Graphic Designer in Korea until she quit her day job to study illustration at RISD. After traveling to over 20 countries, Young finally settled down in Michigan where she volunteers as an art teacher to seniors. Young creates her artwork using a mixed medium: watercolor, Photoshop and Illustrator. Her artwork, as Korean proverb would say, is a salad mix of happiness and sadness. To see more of Young's artwork visit: YoungJChung.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Samantha Clark

    Samantha Clark

    Samantha Clark has always loved stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. After all, if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can't she? While she's still looking for her real-life Narnia, she's turned to writing about other ordinary children and teens who've stumbled into a wardrobe of their own. Her short fiction has been published by Hunger Mountain, the literary Magazine of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her novel Wake won the Houston SCBWI Joan Lowery Nixon Award in 2012 and was a finalist in the Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest in 2011. In a past life, Samantha was a photojournalist and managing editor for newspapers and magazines. She lives with her husband and crazy dog in Austin, Texas, where people are quick to point out: "You're not from around here." Her pesky British accent always gives her away. Samantha is the Regional Advisor for SCBWI-Austin. You can find her online SamanthaClark.Wordpress.com and on Twitter at @SamClarkWrites.


  • Literary agency writers - Destiny Cole

    Destiny Cole

    Destiny Cole knew from a young age that she was going to be a storyteller. Whether it was fantastical worlds or creepy villains, she wanted to tell the kind of stories that stay with you long after the last page is turned. Now that she writes primarily YA thriller and mystery books, Destiny's current story, ALLIANCE, focuses on how far we'll go to feel safe and follows two teens as they grapple with finding the truth through the fear. When detached from her computer, she can be found entertaining her three kids and trying to convince her Belgian husband that she's the funniest person he's ever met. She and her family currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @destinywrites and visit her website at destinycole.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Jeff Scott Cole

    Jeff Scott Cole

    Jeff Scott Cole is a writer, former middle school teacher, and broken-down archaeologist, who unites his joy of teaching with his passion for all things old and ancient. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Cleveland State University and completed the coursework for a Masters, also in Anthropology, at the University of Cincinnati, where he was also an adjunct instructor. Ghostly Encounters: Confessions of a Paranormal Investigator (Skyhorse, Spring 2015), Jeff's foray into the dark and creepy world of ghost hunting, represents a hiatus from the more traditional history and prehistory texts typically found in his personal stacks. Jeff is a member of the Society of American Archaeology and the Ohio Archaeological Council. Recently transplanted from northeast Ohio, Jeff writes, teaches when he can, and is an Education Human Resources Consultant in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Claudia Connor

    Claudia Connor

    Claudia Connor, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, writes heartfelt contemporary romance. After years of living with characters who'd taken up residence in her mind, she decided to write their story down as a way to expel them. Surprisingly, they remained and multiplied, beginning a fascinating and unexpected career. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of almost real people. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters. You can find out more about Claudia's books at claudiaconnor.com or stop by and say hello on Facebook


  • Literary agency illustrators - Mary E. Cronin

    Mary E. Cronin

    Mary E. Cronin lives on Cape Cod, where she writes in multiple genres, including middle-grade fiction, poetry, and essays. Mary grew up in the Bronx and has a long list of writerly obsessions that show up regularly in her work. These include: firefighters, nurses, old New York, portraits of working class families and those with GLBT parents, and middle-graders who just might grow up to be gay, but don't know it yet. Mary's poetry has been published in children's magazines and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Mary teaches both English and Early Childhood Education at the college level. Her work has been featured in the Cape Cod Times, Shewired.com, and on WCAI-FM, the public radio station of the Cape and Islands.
 Visit her website at www.maryecronin.com or on Twitter at @maryecronin.


  • Literary agency writers - Jessica Dainty

    Jessica Dainty

    Jessica Dainty is a native New Englander who has bounced back and forth to Tennessee over the past 30 years. Currently residing in Middle Tennessee, Jessica works as an English/Special Education teacher and a Reading Interventionist at the local high school. When she can't be writing, she loves helping students fall in love with words, especially those who may have given up on them long ago. She received her undergraduate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a concentration in Creative Writing. She started in poetry and took a fiction class for the simple reason that it terrified her. After her first fiction workshop, she never looked back, though her poetry roots are known to poke through on the page. She continued on to earn her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she studied with Hester Kaplan, AJ Verdelle, and Rachel Kadish, among others. Her short stories have been published in various places, including SNReview, Scholars & Rogues, and Fiction Weekly. You can find her on Twitter @daintywriterj3 and at her website www.jessicadainty.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Alana Delacroix

    Alana Delacroix

    Alana Delacroix always brought more books than clothes when travelling. She still does, but thanks to the invention of the e-reader, at least now it weighs less. She lives in Toronto in an old and crooked house filled with books and a shelf of notepads containing story ideas that made sense at the time (example: "shopping cart in forest"). Some of these notes even made it into her latest project, a steampunk romance currently out for submission. Alana worked as an archaeologist before landing in the more mundane world of corporate communications. You can follow her at @AlanaDelacroix or learn more at alanadelacroix.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Tara Deliberto

    Tara Deliberto, Ph.D.

    Tara Deliberto has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is currently a fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College's Eating Disorder Program. Currently, Tara is writing How a Healthy Eater Thinks, a book for young adults focused on ditching dieting, ending binge eating, and having a healthy attitude towards food. In addition, Tara has published academic papers on suicide on self-injurious behavior and co-authored several academic book chapters, including a chapter on self-injury in the DSM-IV & DSM-5 Casebooks. Papers she has co-authored have been cited in TIME Magazine, The Harvard Gazette, and Science Daily. With Dina Hirsch, Ph.D., Tara has created a comprehensive evidence-based treatment for teenagers with eating disorders called BITE (available Fall 2014).


  • Literary agency writers - Gina Denny

    Gina Denny

    Gina Denny is a homeschooling mom to four very noisy boys and part-time band and orchestra director. In both settings, she talks a little too much about Harry Potter. She has a bachelor's degree in business, a master's degree in education, and once stood in line for NSYNC tickets for just over fourteen hours. She loves live music, hiking, overly silly sitcoms, and burritos. She writes fantasy for grown-ups and lives and works in the Phoenix area. Visit Gina's website at ginadenny.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter at @ginad129.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Cori Doerrfeld

    Cori Doerrfeld

    Cori Doerrfeld has been creating art since she could first hold a pencil. After graduating with a degree in studio art from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, she received her Post Baccalaureate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. With a strong passion for animation and children's literature, Cori has always tried to create art that tells a story. Cori is the author-illustrator of Penny Loves Pink (Little, Brown), Little Bunny Foo Foo (Dial) and Matilda in the Middle (forthcoming from Little, Brown). She has also illustrated a quartet of seasonal board books—the most recent of which is Barnyard Baby—written by The New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach. Cori currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, daughter, and son. Visit Cori online at www.CoriDoerrfeld.com and coridoerrfeld.tumblr.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Brianna DuMont

    Brianna DuMont

    Brianna DuMont grew up in St. Louis, Missouri penning letters to authors about their plot twists and character choices, but never dreamed of writing herself. In college, she got her degree in Art History and Archaeology with the intention of spending her time digging in the dirt. Now that she's fallen back in love with writing, she continues her fascination with the past through her books. Her non-fiction series for middle graders, The Changed History Series, debuted with Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Phonies Who Changed History in November 2014. She was extremely excited when Famous Phonies was chosen to be in the Scholastic Reading Club catalog, especially since she loved ordering books from it as a child. Brianna lives in Chicago with her husband, Tim, and their two hyperactive cats, but you can visit Brianna at her website: BriannaDumont.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Sarah Dvojack

    Sarah Dvojack

    Sarah Dvojack was born and raised in the magnificent wilds of Washington state, but she currently calls New York City home. She graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Cornish College of the Arts, and followed it up with an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Nothing but the love of marrying pictures with words could get her to uproot to the East Coast! Well, that and a chance to see the history she weaves into all of her work. You can find her online at sarahdvojack.com, and hilarity.tumblr.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarahdvojack.


  • Literary agency writers - Katherine Easer

    Katherine Easer

    Katherine Easer is the author of the YA novel Vicious Little Darlings (Bloomsbury). She has also written her first adult novel, The Revisionist, which is currently out for submission. The Revisionist tells the story of a mentally unstable thirty-something accountant who returns to his childhood home following his father's death. He then reunites with his high school sweetheart and, with the help of a ghost who may or may not exist, uncovers the tragedy that led to their breakup sixteen years earlier. Katherine is a graduate of Smith College. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


  • Literary agency writers - Dana Wilson Easley

    Dana Wilson Easley

    Dana Wilson Easley writes young adult and middle grade novels. She has been an anthropologist, archaeologist, attorney, and now, realizing she'll never make it through the entire alphabet for careers, has settled on author. She volunteers with the Illinois chapter of SCBWI and is the managing editor of the chapter newsletter, The Prairie Wind. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, daughter, and son, who know the best thing to do when she's writing on deadline is to stock up on Pepsi and brownies and ignore the dust bunnies.


  • Literary agency writers - Bonnie Edwards

    Bonnie Edwards

    Bonnie Edwards lives on the rainy west coast with her husband and a standard poodle, all of whom are bossed around by a ginger tom. A multi-published author for Carina Press, Harlequin, Kensington Books and Robinson (UK), her romances are earthy, irreverent and always come with a happy ending. (and sometimes ghosts & curses) For more information: www.BonnieEdwards.com.

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  • Literary agency writers - Ann Eleven

    Ann Eleven

    Ann Eleven lives in Chicago, where it is definitely too cold nearly all of the time. She works in libraries and teaches and writes stories. Right this minute she is probably staying up too late, getting up too early, or doing something she should be giving her full attention to with a book in one hand. Follow her on Twitter at @ann_eleven.


  • Literary agency writers - Beth Ellyn

    Beth Ellyn Summer

    Beth Ellyn Summer graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Print and Electronic Journalism. Interning for Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon was the highlight of her media studies, and pretty much the coolest experience ever. She loves to write YA that captures the craziness of media internships. Beth can't get enough of YouTube makeup tutorials—she even wrote a book about them. Her YA novel, At First Blush, explores the world of an up-and-coming online makeup guru and follows her as she works at a fashion magazine, falls in love, and discovers how far she's willing to go for fame.


  • Literary agency writers - Shana Figueroa

    Shana Figueroa

    Shana Figueora Figueroa is a published author who specializes in romance, humor, and erotica, with occasional sojourns into horror, sci-fi, and literary fiction. She's been published in several e-zines, as well as scheduled for publication in the July 2015 issue of Another Dimension Magazine as the Military-themed contest winner. She also contributes to The Duffel Blog, a military-themed fake news blog similar to The Onion. Shana lives in one of those cold states with her husband, two young daughters, and two old pugs. She enjoys reading, writing (obviously), martial arts, video games, and SCIENCE—it's poetry in motion! Her goal-besides becoming rich and famous, and staying young forever so she can enjoy it all (come on, science, don't let her down)-is to establish a new, higher standard for romance and erotica. She took Toni Morrison's advice and started writing the books she wants to read. Hopefully you'll want to read them, too! Check out her awesome blog at www.shanafigueroa.com!


  • Literary agency writers - Amy Ester Fischer

    Amy Ester Fischer

    Amy Ester Fischer began her journey in the placid suburbs of New York and on the manicured lawns of the Wesleyan University campus. A long time pro-sex feminist, she has always sought to understand the nexus between sexuality, art, and healing. She brought performance art to the former Eastern Bloc in the nineties and created a sound healing technique which she taught to a community of raw foodists in the Caribbean. After trying to peddle her massage therapy services on Craigslist and winding up offering other services as well, her first novel, American Courtesan, was born. She is now working on a second novel, a coming of age story which explores a dangerous and often abusive relationship between a professor and his student. Her recent article "My Experience as a Craigslist Hooker: A Requiem for Craigislist Erotic Services" was posted on The Huffington Post and was a front page hit. You can find additional musings on americanourtesan.blogspot.com, or follow Ester on twitter: twitter.com/americourtesan.


  • Literary agency writers - Kristin Noel Fischer

    Kristin Noel Fischer

    Kristin Noel Fischer was born on the island of Guam and has always loved the water and sunshine. Growing up, she spent endless hours fantasizing about touring with the Harlem Globetrotters or becoming a circus performer. In fact, her childhood daydreams were so vivid, she seriously worried about her overactive imagination. Little did she know, despite her horrible spelling, she was, simply, a writer. After high school, she lived in Costa Rica and later Japan, where she journaled extensively about her experiences. She worked as a nanny in Boston before obtaining a degree in Biology from Washington State University. Kristin now lives in Texas where she enjoys biking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and six kids.


  • Literary agency writers - Katherine Fleet

    Katherine Fleet

    Katherine Fleet, originally from eastern Canada, moved with her family to the Caribbean island of Curaçao in 2007. The slower pace of island life gave her time to pursue a long-time goal - becoming a writer. Her debut novel, The Secret to Letting Go, a YA contemporary, will be published by Entangled Teen in November 2015. She is a member of RWA and several of its chapters. She also loves NaNoWriMo and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. You can find her at www.katherinefleet.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Aaron Fox-Lerner

    Aaron Fox-Lerner

    Aaron Fox-Lerner was born in Los Angeles and currently lives in Beijing, where he writes for Time Out magazine. His fiction has appeared in Grimdark magazine, The Puritan, Thuglit, Bound Off, and other publications.


  • Literary agency writers - Claudia Friddell

    Claudia Friddell

    Claudia Friddell spent most of her childhood as the new kid in Kansas, Virginia, North Dakota, and Minnesota schools. She never imagined her childhood travels would inspire a love of bringing history to life for children. As a school counselor, behavioral therapist, a teacher for over twenty years, and a mother of two, Claudia has always spent her days with children and the rest of her time writing stories for them. Her debut picture book, Goliath, Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire (Sleeping Bear Press), earned a 2011 Storytelling World Resource Honor Award and was selected for the 2011 International Reading Associations (IRA) and Children's Book Council's (CBC) Children's Choices Reading List. She has recently written another non-fiction picture-book manuscript about a dog in the trenches during World War I (out for submission), and is in the process of working on a few other exciting and diverse manuscripts as well: a biography of Albert Schweitzer; a non-fiction piece about the friendship between two American icons; and an original tall tale in the traditional tall tale style. Claudia lives with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland.


  • Literary agency writers - James Gaberel

    James Gaberel

    James Gaberel started writing after leaving his career as a banker to become an at-home-dad. Music lover and father of two, he spends his days with his kids and his nights at the computer. When he's not attempting to get in another hundred words while his kids tug at his arm, he can be found hiking, playing guitar, or staring at the ocean near his central California coast home. You can also find him on Twitter @JamesGaberel.


  • Literary agency writers - Cynthia Gall

    Cynthia Gall

    Cynthia Gall has dreamed of being an artist and writer since she was a small child. Fearful for her future, Cynthia's practical parents forbade her from taking art classes and enrolled her in French class instead. So when instructed to study something sensible in college, Cynthia majored in French Literature at UC Santa Barbara. She spent a year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, and also worked in Germany, teaching English and translating advertising copy. Since her return to the States, Cynthia has focused on refining her photographic and sculpting skills at California State University Long Beach, where her work has been featured in several shows. She currently combines the sculpture and photography to illustrate her picture books. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her two small dogs, Hansel and Gretel, and a posse of garden gnomes who prefer to remain anonymous. Visit her online at www.cynthiagall.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Brian Gerrity

    Brian Gerrity

    Brian Gerrity grew up in Connecticut, where he spent most of his childhood doodling. He continued to doodle and went on to graduate with degrees in illustration from Philadelphia College of Art and from the M.F.A. Illustration Program at the School of Visual Arts. Brian illustrated Old MacDonald Had a Wedding by Ron Berman (Price Stern Sloan, 2007) and was the recipient of the 2007 Tomie de Paola Award, given by Tomie de Paola at the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrator's SCBWI winter conference. Today, he lives in New York, New York. You can visit him online at www.BrianGerrity.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Gretchen Geser

    Gretchen Géser

    Gretchen Géser has been drawing since before she can remember and has been an illustrator most of her adult life. She works in a variety of media but prefers to combine watercolor,inks, and Adobe Illustrator. A graduate of Smith College, Gretchen has taken illustration courses at Pratt and the School of Visual Arts, and she has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Her debut picture book, One Big Smile, will be published by Henry Holt in Spring 2011. Gretchen lives in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, and is an Adjunct Professor at Sage College of Albany, where she teaches Digital Imaging and Digital Illustration. Visit Gretchen's website at www.GretchenGeser.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Matthew J. Gilbert

    Matthew J. Gilbert

    Matthew J. Gilbert is one of a trillion Matthew Gilberts in the world. So, which one is he, you ask? Easy: he's the only one holding up a pretend sword right now and quoting Highlander with a straight face: "…there can be only one!" When he's not quoting movies, or obsessively watching movies, or introducing his wife to old cult movies, he's writing. As an eight-year scriptwriting veteran of Nickelodeon, Matthew J. Gilbert has a proven track record of entertaining kids & families with fun stories on a global scale. His books are ideal for young readers looking to graduate to chapter books, and include titles such as: Showdown With Shredder (Random House, 2013), Mutant Mayhem! (Random House, 2014), and The Casey Chronicles (Random House, 2015) just to name a few. His first original picture book, Night of the T-Machines—inspired by the Turtles' newest blockbuster toy line— hits shelves July 2016 for Random House. Follow him on twitter: @MrMattgilbert Or on his official site: www.mattgilbertwrites.com


  • Literary agency illustrators - Robyn Gigl

    Robyn Gigl

    Robyn Gigl is an attorney (please don't hold that against her, it pays the bills), speaker, LGBT activist and writer. She likes to relax by taking long runs (defined as moving slightly faster than walking) along the Jersey shore. Her debut manuscript is based on the standard trope of boy meets girl; boy gets girl; boy becomes girl; girl loses girl. It's a little more complicated than that, but, at its heart, Enjoy Every Sandwich is a love story. Robyn is a graduate of Stonehill College and Villanova Law School. She lives in New Jersey and has three wonderful children, who are her greatest joy.


  • Literary agency writers - Ashley Goldberg

    Ashley Goldberg

    Ashley Goldberg has loved arts, crafts, nature, and creatures (both imaginary and real) her entire life. Her artwork tends to be narrative but with a sophisticated and stark color palette. She believes great emotion can be conveyed in a simple gesture or look. Ashley's characters are humorous, empathetic, and sometimes a little bit heroic. Ashley's shop, otherwise known as "AshleyG", has consistently been one top "hearted" shops on Etsy since beging founded in 2005. Now she is turning her attention to children's books. Ashley is currently working on a superhero story she's written and illustrated which will be out for submission soon. Ashley lives in the lovely gray and green city of Portland, Oregon. When Ashley is not creating and drawing she can be found thrifting, drinking too much coffee, and staying up too late with her imaginary creatures. Visit Ashley at www.kittygenius.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Sara Elizabeth Goodman

    Sara Elizabeth Goodman

    Sara Elizabeth Goodman has been teaching high school English and journalism for more years than she cares to admit. So many years in fact, that she's ready to jeopardize that career by exposing the hilarious truth about teaching in her new novel, Chalkboard Confidential. While the book is fiction, the scandals are based on real-life experiences, and it provides a fresh look at all the gossip, sex, and drinking that happen behind the scenes in a school. When she's not teaching, Sara is getting in trouble with her mother about the contents of her blog: Sara*ndipity, dancing on stage at Bruce Springsteen shows, and playing with her miniature schnauzer, Rosalita. She lives in Maryland with her fellow English teacher boyfriend and does, in fact, love her job—mostly because it gives her the summers off to write.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Leslie Gorin

    Leslie Gorin

    Leslie Gorin has always had a passion for kids. With a degree in educational psychology from Wesleyan University, she taught in such far-flung places as the Navajo Nation, Paris, and Kuala Lumpur. Over time, Leslie's growing interest in kids and art led her to study film animation at California Institute of the Arts, and then to a career as an animator and storyboard artist. She loved it all, but always knew that telling stories was the best part. So that's what she does now, crafting stories to make kids laugh or make them think — or, if she's really lucky, both. Leslie lives with her family in Eagle, Idaho. Her debut picture book, Bertie Wants to Fly, will be published by Sterling in 2016. You can learn more about Leslie at at www.lesliegorin.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Kim Graff

    Kim Graff

    Kim Graff grew up in Kansas, but has lived in France, Australia, and currently resides in Montreal, Quebec. She spends her free time blogging about books at ya-asylum.com and writing sometimes sinister, sometimes whimsical YA stories. In her YA novel, Liv On Fire, a girl becomes the obsession of a serial killer and caught up in the whirlwind media frenzy that follows. Learn more about her at kimgraff.com or follow her on twitter @k_writes.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Arin Greenwood

    Arin Greenwood

    Arin Greenwood is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, and devoted fan of cats who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression — based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam — was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a young adult comic mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Arin is animal welfare editor for The Huffington Post. Her nonfiction has appeared in dozens of other publications as well, including Slate, the Washington City Paper, the American Bar Association Journal, and many more. She lives in Gulfport, Florida, with her husband Ray, and their very spoiled dog and cat.


  • Literary agency writers - Esther Harder

    Esther Harder

    Esther Harder has spent the majority of the past ten years working in East Africa as a soccer coach, English teacher, journalist, and community peace trainer. She has had countless adventures not listed in her job descriptions such as waking up at midnight to harvest flying termites by kerosene lantern, and joining an ad hoc rally on a bicycle with a broken seat grabbed from a bystander. Her care for those around her and her interest in cultural practices has earned her additional names in several Ugandan languages. She completed an MFA in creative writing for children from Chatham University in 2010. Esther's debut historical YA novel, The Old Ones and the Graves, draws from stories of revenge and reconciliation she documented while facilitating peace workshops in Northeast Uganda.


  • Literary agency writers - Claudia Harrington

    Claudia Harrington

    Claudia Harrington's kindergarten passion for poetry blossomed into publication a few decades later, including a poem in Philomel's anthology, I Invited A Dragon To Dinner & Other Poems to Make You Laugh Out Loud, a CBC Best Pick. Claudia's most recent work, to be launched in 2015 by ABDO, is a six picture book series entitled My Family, celebrating diversity. Early in her writing journey, Claudia stumbled across the SCBWI, a talented group of kindred spirits, and soon became one of its Regional Advisors, serving the Los Angeles chapter for eleven years. When she's not writing, Claudia juggles her fabulous and wacky assortment of kids, husband (singular) and underwear-eating dog. Check out her blog, home to bite-sized bursts of inspiration from gems in the children's book industry, at ClaudiaHarrington.blogspot.com


  • Literary agency writers - Marcus Alexander Hart

    Marcus Alexander Hart

    Marcus Alexander Hart has written for the stage and screen, including projects for Disney Channel and Disney XD. He has been a video-game animator, columnist for Geek Magazine, roller derby skater, and real-life quidditch player. He once won a long-distance road rally driving an ice cream truck. Marcus lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two imaginary children.


  • Literary agency writers - Aaron Hawkins

    Aaron Hawkins

    Aaron Hawkins grew up in rural New Mexico before attending the California Institute of Technology and UC Santa Barbara. After stints at a start-up, CIENA, and Intel, he traded the corporate world for life as an electrical engineering professor at Brigham Young University. Aaron's first novels use his Southwest childhood as the setting. The Year Money Grew on Trees (Houghton Mifflin, 2010), sets a group of unsupervised cousins to work reviving an abandoned apple orchard. Big Rock Mitchell (out for submission), follows a teenager's pursuit of the perfect car and college after starting his first job at a trading post. Aaron's ultimate challenge is to write something that makes engineers seem cool.


  • Literary agency writers - Dean A. Haycock

    Dean A. Haycock

    Dean A. Haycock, Ph.D., is a freelance science and medical writer based in New York. He is the author of Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain: Neurological Imaging and the Manifestation of Evil (Pegasus Books, 2014), The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, 3rd edition (Adams Media), The Everything Health Guide to Schizophrenia (Adams Media), and Overcoming Complications of LASIK and Other Corrective Eye Surgery (with Ismail A. Shalaby, M.D., Ph.D.) (Sunrise River Press). He is a member the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of Science Writers, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. You can learn more about him by visiting www.DeanAHaycock.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Madaline Herlong

    Madaline Herlong

    Madaline Herlong lives in New Orleans and has raised four sons with her lawyer-husband Don Haycraft. She has a Masters in English from University of Virginia as well as a law degree from UVa. She now teaches writing to freshmen at Tulane and spends as much time as possible writing novels and often speaks at middle schools about the process of creative writing. Her debut novel The Great Wide Sea was published by Viking in October 2008 and won "Top Ten Books for Young Adults" in 2010 from Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association. Her next YA title Buddy will be released in Viking's Fall 2012 list. Buddy is about a boy, a dog, and a hurricane. For more information, see her website www.mhherlong.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Leeza Hernandez

    Leeza Hernandez

    Leeza Hernandez spent her spare time as a child scribbling on every possible surface. It soon led to career in art and design, where she learned to keep her art on paper and off her mum's living room walls. She grew up in the south of England, and leapt to this side of the pond ten years ago. Leeza graduated with a degree in art, design and communication, but it was working as an art director that threw her into illustration. Her love for line, color and texture is evident in her award-winning work, which has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, American Illustration, and national magazines. She was also the recipient of the SCBWI's Tomie dePaulo Award in 2009. Leeza has illustrated Sandy Donovan's Bored Bella Learns About Fiction and Nonfiction (Picture Window Books, 2010) and is currently working on artwork for Ann McCallum's Eat Your Math Homework (Charlesbridge, 2011) and her very own debut picture book, Dog Gone (Putnam, 2012). She currently dwells in rural New Jersey with her husband, daughter and fluffy cat, Maisy. Visit Leeza's website at www.LeezaWorks.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Megan Hoak

    Megan Hoak

    Megan Hoak is a Teen Librarian in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Florida Southern College, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She served as high school English and Reading for five years before switching over to librarianship. She draws the inspiration for her stories from the teens she works with. Her poetry can be found in The Saw Palm and Cantilevers: Journal of the Arts. Follow her on Twitter at @hoakwrites.


  • Literary agency writers - Eric Hoffman

    Eric Hoffman

    Eric Hoffman went to college to become a computer programmer, just like his dad. He left with a degree in architecture and design and took a job as a day care center cook. Eric ended up working with young children as a preschool teacher and foster parent for thirty-five years. Currently, he teaches early childhood education at a community college and is also the grievance officer for his college. Eric is the author of A Dark, Dark Cave (forthcoming from Viking). He is the author of a book for preschool teachers on superhero play, and gives presentations on that subject across the country. Eric has used his design background to help create playgrounds for over sixty schools near his home in Santa Cruz, California. Eric's son is a computer programmer, just like his grandfather.


  • Literary agency writers - Lark Howard

    Lark Howard

    Lark Howard's love of reading, writing and travel led her to a degree in English, a string of colorful jobs and a well-worn passport. After college, she escaped to the Virgin Islands for a few years to dive, sail and scribble observations on island life. Back in the states, she used her love of words to market commercial architecture by day and write novel length fiction at night. Her current project is a paranormal romance set in Paris, in which an American tourist is drawn to a handsome French aristocrat with frightening psychic powers - and a family secret that could destroy the city he was born to protect. When not traveling to far-away places, Lark lives in Texas with her brilliant husband and a grumpy old Lab-Pit Bull.


  • Literary agency writers - Rebecca Huang

    Rebecca Huang

    Rebecca Huang was born and raised in Taiwan. Whenever she read books growing up, she always loved to visualize the story. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature, she moved to San Francisco to study illustration—so that she could bring those images to life. In June 2014, Rebecca completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Illustration from Academy of Art University, where she had lots of fun playing with color and shapes with mixed media. She currently lives in San Francisco, California.


  • Literary agency writers - Kelly Jamieson

    Kelly Jamieson

    Kelly Jamieson is the bestselling author of over thirty-five novels and novellas, including her popular Heller Brother Hockey series and the Rule of Three series. Her writing has been called emotionally complex, satisfying, and blisteringly sexy, and she likes to think of her work as romance with a sweet heat. You can visit her website at www.kellyjamieson.com or contact her at info@kellyjamieson.com - she loves to hear from readers! She lives in Winnipeg, Canada and likes coffee, wine, shoes, and of course, hockey!


  • Literary agency writers - Aya Kakeda

    Aya Kakeda

    Aya Kakeda likes cats, seals, and receiving postcards. She has ever changing weekly obsessions — this week it's Clavariaceae and star nosed moles. She also elaborates lots of theories about different things. When not indulging her obsessions, Aya paints and draws, creating her own whimsical narratives. Aya made her illustration debut in 2011 with The Hole in the Middle written by Paul Bunditz, founder of Kidrobot (Disney-Hyperion). Aya is currently working on a story she's written and illustrated entitled Spring Bell which will be out for submission shortly. Born and raised in Tokyo, she now works and lives in Brooklyn. To learn more about Aya visit: www.ayakakeda.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Suzanne Kamata

    Suzanne Kamata

    Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in Michigan, and graduated from the University of South Carolina. She came to Japan after college to teach English "for just one year" and wound up staying. She now lives with her Japanese husband, and their bicultural twins on the island of Shikoku, where she writes books, stories, and essays, and continues to teach. Please visit her website: www.suzannekamata.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Yuko Katakawa

    Yuko Katakawa

    Yuko Katakawa is a Japanese-born illustrator who studied art at an early age then changed her focus to Japanese Classic Literature in college. After moving to the U.S., her love for art resurfaced and led her down the path of children's picture book illustrating. Yuko creates her artwork fast and instinctively using only digital tools. She enjoys seeing the vague images in her mind take shape onscreen where lines and squiggles can become magical things. She currently works and lives in New York. Visit her online at www.yukokatakawa.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Julia Kelly

    Julia Kelly

    Julia Kelly writes sexy romances about smart women and the men who love them. She picked up her first romance novel and the bad habit of reading well past her bedtime when she was 13. Years later as a Journalism graduate student at Columbia University, she decided to try writing stories of her own and never looked back. During the day, Julia is an Emmy-nominated producer for a New York City television station where she chases breaking news and bosses reporters around. She never met a pair of stilettos she didn't love and still stays up too late reading.


  • Literary agency writers - Katharine Kenah

    Katharine Kenah

    Katharine Kenah grew up on a science observatory in Palisades, New York, surrounded by geophysicists, geologists, and oceanographers from all over the world—but almost no other kids. So she found her friends in the pages of books. After college, Kate became an oceanographer herself—and even worked on the same ship that found the Titanic. But, after moving to the mountains in Colorado (where it's hard to be an oceanographer), she circled back to an early dream of writing children's books. Kate has written dozens of early readers, including The Best Seat in Second Grade (HarperCollins), which was selected by Bank Street as one of the "Best Children's Books of the Year". She also has a new series entitled The Saturday Triplets (Scholastic). In addition, Kate's picture book Ferry Tail, illustrated by Prospect client Nicole Wong, is forthcoming from Sleeping Bear Press. Kate currently lives in the landlocked college town of Granville, Ohio, with her geologist husband and a few opinionated cats. Her three children are often scattered about the globe.


  • Literary agency writers - Aryn Kennedy

    Aryn Kennedy

    Aryn Kennedy has been a Witch since 1991. Just like the Witch she writes about in Witch Sex Is Better, she writes funny, sexy fiction with a heavy dusting of love magic. Under her pseudonym Selene Silverwind, she has written two visionary Wiccan romances: Once Upon a Beltane Eve and Field of Jonquils (Spilled Candy, 2001 and 2005). She is also the author of two non-fiction books: Magic for Lovers (Crossing Press/Ten Speed, 2004), a collection of spells for couples looking to improve their relationships; and The Everything Paganism Book (Adams Media, 2004), an overview of many Pagan religions and practices. She has given numerous workshops and presentations on love magic at bookstores and Pagan conventions, including an appearance at the Salem Witch Village in Massachusetts. Aryn can sometimes be found on radio and television programs performing a love spell. Learn more about Aryn at ArynKennedy.com and www.SeleneSilverwind.com.

    Read an excerpt from Aryn Kennedy


  • Literary agency writers - Ruthie Knox

    Ruthie Knox

    Ruthie Knox, a USA Today bestselling author, writes contemporary romance that's sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life. She's published with Random House's ebook romance imprint, Loveswept. Her New Adult debut as Robin York, Deeper, the first of two linked books, will be released by Ballantine Bantam Dell in early 2014.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Jane Kohuth

    Jane Kohuth

    Jane Kohuth began her love affair with children's books before she could walk. At her preschool entrance interview, she introduced herself and her sister as Frances and Gloria — Russell Hoban's iconic badger characters (she got in). She's also a big fan of Scrabble and GRE analogies, but has found that writing for kids is the most fun of all. Jane has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University as well as a master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She loves to write about sensitive kids and goofy animals, but will tackle most subjects as long as she can make the words sing. Jane's first book, Ducks Go Vroom, was a Parents Magazine Best Book of 2011. She is also the author of the picture books Estie the Mensch (a PJ Library Book) and Duck Sock Hop (Kirkus Critic's Pick, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book 2013, NYPL 10 Best Read-Alouds of 2012, a Bank Street Best Children¹s Book of 2013, called "charming" by the NY Times). Her early reader Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree, published by Random House in September 2013, was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She frequently brainstorms with her husband, who, conveniently, has the sense of humor of a four-year-old. You can find out more about her and her books at www.janekohuth.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Hayley Krischer

    Hayley Krischer

    Hayley Krischer started writing her first story after she failed a typing class at 16. (She's since learned how.) She's written short stories, screenplays and numerous articles and essays, some of which were published in the New York Times, Anderbo, Ms. and more. A recent article of hers was on the cover the NYT Sunday Styles section. The New Jersey Press Association awarded her with a first place prize for "Best Entertainment Story" in 1998 and she was also the recipient of Panavision's New Filmmaker Grant for an original screenplay. Her short story "It Echoes Two at a Time" was a finalist in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers as well as a finalist for The Heekin Group Foundation's Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction. She received her master's in creative writing from Lesley University. Hayley's debut YA novel is about a 16-year-old who gets date raped by the most popular boy in school, and then outs him in her school newspaper. You can see more of her work at hayleykrischer.com.


  • Literary agency illustrators - Geri Krotow

    Geri Krotow

    Geri Krotow is a multi-published novelist who brings her life experiences to the page. A world traveller, Geri is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and served alongside her husband as a Navy spouse in the years after she completed nine years of active duty. A recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Unpublished Category Romantic Suspense, Geri is happiest writing about the intricacies of love and relationships in the midst of life-threatening circumstances. Geri loves to connect with her readers at her website, www.gerikrotow.com, and on social media to include Facebook www.facebook.com/gerikrotow and Twitter twitter.com/GeriKrotow


  • Literary agency writers - Sarah Laing

    Sarah Laing

    Sarah Laing was born in Illinois and grew up in New Zealand, interrupted by a couple of years in Germany. She started writing seriously while working as a graphic designer in New York City. Her collection of short stories, Coming Up Roses, was published by Random House NZ in 2007, after she won a prestigious short story competition in New Zealand. She has also illustrated children's books and worked as a book designer.


  • Literary agency writers - Shannon Landrum

    Shannon Landrum

    Shannon Landrum enjoys the sound of water lapping at the hull of a boat, the smell of theme park asphalt baking in the sun, and living vicariously through her rockstar teenagers. Her first novel, The Dust Prophet (out for submission), tells the story of Esta, the daughter of poor dirt farmers in a Depression-era Kansas town. After a devastating tornado, Esta is miraculously found unharmed and perched on the roof of a church. When she speaks of a heavenly experience and is found to be pregnant, the town must decide if she is God's handmaiden, a witch, or a clever con-artist. Shannon is also the author of two collections of children's poems, The Book of Brats and Dark Verses for the Truly Twisted. She lives in Florida with her husband, two children, and three Jack Russell terriers.

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  • Literary agency writers - Mary Lambert

    Mary E. Lambert

    Mary E. Lambert is the author of Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes (Scholastic, 2017). This is her first published novel—its predecessors are all hidden away in drawers. Mary started writing seriously after she graduated with a BA in English from Covenant College. She thought her first completed novel manuscript was amazing… until she read it. Then it went in a drawer. Several attempts later, Mary was running low on storage space and decided it was time to seek professional help. In 2014, she earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts whose wonderful faculty provided her with invaluable guidance. Mary currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where her middle school students complain that it's cold when the temperature drops below 80ᵒF. You can find her on Twitter @MaryUncontrary.


  • Literary agency writers - J Larkin

    J Larkin

    J (one letter) Larkin (six letters) loves telling stories that nuzzle close and cut deep. Her favorite things tend to be sprinkled with the macabre, and she believes that every story should act as a window into its world rather than a definitive source. When not noveling (remorseful monsters and haunted forests!) or blogging (for all of your existential or superhero-undies needs!) J works at a bakery, where she spends most of her time thinking about those other two things.


  • Literary agency writers - Jen Latham

    Jen Latham

    Jen Latham was born in New York but grew up on Army bases. Since studying economics, anthropology, and psychology, she has been a school psychologist and a middle school teacher. Along the way, she has also worked in a food bank, a drug and alcohol detox unit, a neuropsychology practice, a museum in Spain, a prison, and a morgue. Jen is the author of the YA novel Scarlett Uncover (forthcoming from Little, Brown). She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and two daughters, and wants nothing more from her professional life than to keep teaching yoga to people who didn't know they could do it and to write books that people enjoy reading.


  • Literary agency writers - Kristin Lenz

    Kristin Lenz

    Kristin Lenz is a social worker whose career has taken her from a teen runaway shelter to an urban hospital, from rural Appalachia to inner-city Detroit. Currently, she lives with her husband and daughter in Michigan. She is the newsletter co-editor for the Michigan chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and blogs at yafusion.blogspot.com with a group of YA authors. Her young adult coming-of-age novel is in the final rounds of revision before submission to editors, and she has two more novels in progress.


  • Literary agency writers - Amy Lozier

    Amy Martin Lozier

    Amy Martin Lozier writes contemporary middle-grade and young adult stories with humor and heart. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), where she won the Marion Dane Bauer Scholarship prize for best middle-grade fiction. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Sewanee: the University of the South after attending their Young Writer's Conference in high school and falling in love with the place. Now she loves undercooking brownies, buying too many books, leaving parties early, and working up a sweat (but only when she's wearing workout clothes). Amy lives with her family in Kentucky and has worked as a copywriter for more than a decade—even though she doesn't look it. You can find her on Twitter at @LozierLit.


  • Literary agency writers - Susan Lyons

    Susan Lyons

    Susan Lyons (also writing as Susan Fox and Savanna Fox) writes "emotionally compelling, sexy contemporary romance" (Publishers Weekly). She is published by Berkley and Kensington, and her books have won numerous writing awards. Susan is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor. Learn more at www.SusanLyons.ca.

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  • Literary agency writers - Maia Love

    Love Maia

    Love Maia has worked construction, flown planes, and starred in an infomercial. She has always been a reluctant reader and sees her writing as an opportunity to reach out to other reluctant readers and make books more enjoyable for them by combining literature and music. Her debut YA novel DJ Rising (Little, Brown, Feb. 2012) tells the story of Marley Johnnywas Diego-Dylan, a boy with a tough life who gets a shot at his ultimate dream of becoming a professional DJ. Love is hard at work on her next novel as well as a soundtrack of original music to accompany DJ Rising. Visit her at www.lovemaia.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Marlo Mack

    Marlo Mack

    When Marlo Mack's three-year-old "son" told her that "he" was actually a girl, she wasn't sure what to make of it. Today she's the proud mother of a seven-year-old transgender daughter. Mack writes about their life together on her blog, www.gendermom.com, and (with her daughter's help) produces an audio podcast called How to Be a Girl. (Marlo Mack is a pseudonym that she employs to guard her child's privacy.)


  • Literary agency writers - Evie Manieri

    Evie Manieri

    Evie Manieri has been fascinated by all kinds of fantasy writing since her fifth grade teacher introduced her to Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Later in life, impatient with the tendency of fantasy heroes to go for very long walks, she found herself wishing that their worlds were better supplied with horses. This set her on the path to satisfy her own desire for an immersive, fast-paced, emotionally nuanced brand of fantasy, and The Mongrel was born. The first book in a trilogy, The Mongrel takes place in a desert world rife with revolution, secrecy and deception—which reaches a breaking point when a notorious female mercenary forces a reckoning between worlds of fire and ice. Evie is fascinated by intricacy, and when not entangled in the threads of her plots, she can be found knitting airy lace shawls, re-reading Bleak House, singing soprano with New York's Renaissance Street Singers, and attempting to match the relentless imagination of her daughter, Prudence.


  • Literary agency writers - Rachel Mankowitz

    Rachel Mankowitz

    Rachel Mankowitz lives on Long Island, near three beaches, though she never swims. Her novel Yeshiva Girl, is about Izzy, a fifteen year old girl who looks a lot like Rachel did, and acts a lot like Rachel may have acted, but turns out a lot better than Rachel. While the book is out looking for a publisher, Rachel hopes to write essays that will attempt to balance an extreme need for self disclosure and a strong desire to hide in the back of a cave. Rachel has a few degrees, and they're nice, but they don't make the writing any easier. She is most often found indulging in a little bit of nap time with her equally sleepy puppy dog, Cricket.


  • Literary agency writers - Meghan Masterson

    Meghan Masterson

    Meghan Masterson has always loved writing, and attempted to excuse her bad habit of reading at all hours (even at breakfast or far past her bedtime) as seizing the opportunity to study the construction of a plot or character. As a child, she gave her parents a flowery story about horses every year for Christmas. Thankfully, she has expanded her interests past tales of equine perfection and thinly veiled Nancy Drew retellings, and is now mainly interested in writing historical fiction. She is drawn to strong historical figures and unique situations in a variety of time periods. Her novels range in setting from the 'golden age' of piracy, with Blackbeard as a protagonist scheming over the sudden opportunity to be pardoned, to the height of the Belle Époque, where fiery Spanish dancer Carolina Otero drapes herself in diamonds and blazes a trail of scandal and passion. Meghan's other interests include cooking, going for walks, drinking too much coffee, and keeping a wary eye out for spiders. She lives in Calgary with her husband and a slightly crazy cat.


  • Literary agency writers - Christina Matula-Häkli

    Christina Matula-Häkli

    Christina Matula-Häkli grew up in Canada, and after a few years in London, now resides in Hong Kong with her husband and two children. Moving to Hong Kong gave Christina the chance to explore her Chinese roots (her mother is Taiwanese and her father is Hungarian) and immerse herself in the study of the language and culture of her heritage. She loves sharing stories that will spark an interest in and passion for Chinese culture in young readers. The Shadow in the Moon: How the Mid-Autumn Festival Began is her first picture-book, and is illustrated by Pearl Law. The book has also been turned into a chamber music concert for children with music composed by Alexis Alrich that features both Western and Chinese classical instruments.


  • Literary agency writers - Charles Maynard

    Charles Maynard

    Charles Maynard loves to hike, read, write, and tell stories. He has written thirty books (twenty-one for children) on national parks, American history, and biographies. Charles' essays in Blue Ridge: Ancient and Majestic received the Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Charles and his romance novelist wife, Janice Maynard, share passions for family, travel, and the written word.


  • Literary agency writers - Janice Maynard

    Janice Maynard

    Janice Maynard,a USA Today best-selling author, knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for a number of years, Janice turned in her lesson plan book and began writing full-time. Since then she has sold over thirty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin. Her Men of Wolff Mountain books are fan favorites, and Janice is now deeply involved with her new cast of heroes in the long running Kavanaghs of Silver Glen series. You can connect with Janice at www.twitter.com/JaniceMaynard, www.facebook.com/JaniceMaynardReaderPage, www.wattpad.com/user/JaniceMaynard, www.instagram.com/JaniceMaynard.

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  • Literary agency writers - Shaun McGuire

    Shaun McGuire

    Shaun McGuire has been a student of fiction since the age of eleven when he wrote his first short story about adolescence, mountain lions, and sucking chest wounds. He credits his love for storytelling to his father's dinnertime habit of spinning everyday life into epic quests for adventure and his mother's love for all things oil painted. Shaun holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University and his short fiction has appeared in various literary journals including: The Indiana Review, Alligator Juniper, and Carve Magazine. His novels tend to explore the intricate mythology of popular culture while imposing a supernatural order on a relatively normal hero. Atomic Punk (out for submission) is a novel about punk rock, demons, and a young reporter who finds himself chasing after both—problem is, saving the soul of rock n'roll may lead straight to a showdown with the devil himself. Shaun currently lives in Brooklyn with his soul mate, Lora, his dog, Rocky, and his cat, Bailey. He believes, wholeheartedly, that someday puppies will save the world.


  • Literary agency writers - Jane Ann McLachlan

    Jane Ann McLachlan

    Jane Ann McLachlan has been writing since she learned to read. Her first story, a picture book about a pony, won stunning applause from her mother and was well-received by her 1st Grade teacher. As a college professor, she wrote two textbooks on professional ethics, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall: The Right Choice and Ethics in Action. She currently writes full-time. Her collection of award-winning short stories, Connections: parables for today, was published by Pandora Press in 2013. As a Hybrid author, Jane Ann has two self-published books under her pen name, J. A. McLachlan: Walls of Wind, a science fiction novel, and The Occasional Diamond Thief, a young adult SF novel. The print rights to The Occasional Diamond Thief have recently been purchased by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, and will be available in the spring of 2015. Jane Ann has two manuscripts on offer with Prospect Agency, Impact: a memoir of PTSD, and an historical novel set in 12th century France, The Sorrow Stone. She is currently working on a second historical fiction novel set in the steamy courts of 14th century Italy.


  • Literary agency writers - Yamile Mendez

    Yamile Saied Méndez

    Yamile Saied Méndez loves fútbol, dancing, and books. She's a freelance writer, Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children MFA candidate, 2014 New Visions Award Honor Winner, and 2015 Walter Dean Myers Inaugural Grant recipient. Born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, she lives in Alpine, Utah with her husband and five children. For the past couple of years, she's been writing for Imagine Learning, an educational company based in Utah, and she'd love to take on writing projects for the trade side. Follow her on Twitter @YamileSMendez.


  • Literary agency writers - Susan V. Meyers

    Susan V. Meyers

    Susan V. Meyers grew up selling corndogs, balloons, and cotton candy on the carnival circuit up and down the West Coast. Those early years with the family business gave her a healthy dose of wanderlust, and she went on to spend a dozen years living and traveling around the globe before moving back home to Seattle in 2012, where she now directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Although she's committed to staying put in her beloved Pacific Northwest, she still enjoys traveling whenever possible, and all those themes of carnival life, international adventures, and immigration stories continue to seep into her writing. In 2013, she won the Nilsen Award for her novel Failing the Trapeze (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2014), and her field study on education in rural Mexico, Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration Across the U.S.-Mexico Border (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), has received awards from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Association for University Women. Susan earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her PhD from the University of Arizona, and she remains grateful to the many mentors who have helped her along the way.


  • Literary agency writers - Michael Miller

    Michael Miller

    Michael Miller was raised off-grid in Alaska, where long winter nights were spent reading by kerosene lamp and he spent as much time in imaginary worlds as the real one. Weaned on Tolkien, Russian fairy tales, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, he started scribbling adventures for a periodical newspaper he and his brother produced to keep friends informed of life in the woods. The introduction of solar power and a Macbook changed everything—his writing, and his career. He now works as an Apple Consultant and web developer, and is the co-author of Shadow Run (Delacorte) with AdriAnne Strickland. He and his fabulous wife live in Alaska and spend part of the winter being vagabonds elsewhere on the planet. Get in touch on michaelmiller.website and @begemotike.


  • Literary agency writers - Jodi Moore

    Jodi R. Moore

    Jodi R. Moore grew up in San Diego, where her parents often encouraged her to pursue her passions for her own enjoyment. Writing—from poetry to songs to stories—is something she has always enjoyed. Jodi's debut tween series, Summer Job (out for submission), is about going after your dreams and making them happen—whether your dream is to be a songwriter, fashion designer, caterer or chemist. She draws from her experiences in the entertainment industry with Universal Music Group, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Dualstar Entertainment Group and a talent search television show hosted by Ed McMahon. A graduate of Stanford University, Jodi currently lives in Los Angeles, California, and works in consumer products for The Walt Disney Company.


  • Literary agency writers - Laura Moore

    Laura Moore

    Laura Moore, a bestselling contemporary romance author, began writing while pursuing a graduate degree in art education. She filled an entire notebook before realizing that she might have penned a love story others would want to read. Ride A Dark Horse was published a year later. Laura's most recent title is Once Tasted, the second book in her Silver Creek series. Once Touched is scheduled for release in 2015. An accomplished rider and lifelong animal lover, Laura lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband, two children, and their black Lab. Their cat Zevon keeps them all in line. Visit Laura at www.lauramoorebooks.com or follow her at www.facebook.com/LauraMooreBooks or www.twitter.com/LauraMooreBooks


  • Literary agency writers - Rachel Mork

    Rachel Mork

    Rachel Mork has been driven to document her experiences ever since she received her first diary (red faux-leather, complete with lock and key) at the age of eight. Her compulsion to journal morphed into creative writing when she realized other people were living more interesting lives than she. Since then she has devoted herself to investigating and writing about controversial social issues such as sexual morality and societal norms. Her novel, Keep Sweet, is currently on submission. This contemporary novel explores the journey of a young woman who has left the polygamous community in which she was raised and is now struggling her father's impending wedding to a fourth wife. Mork is presently working on a historical novel about Wallis Simpson, the Nazi sympathizer and brazen mistress who enticed King Edward to abdicate the throne.


  • Literary agency writers - Katie Nelson

    Katie Nelson

    Katie Nelson is a former high school English/Debate teacher and an active member of SCBWI. Her debut YA novel, The Duke of Bannerman Prep, will be published by Sky Pony. When she's not writing or contemplating the complexity of the human experience, she is busy in her Northern California home as the mom of four amazing kids. She is a regular volunteer within our local autism community, which she joined ten years ago after her son was diagnosed. Katie taught piano lessons for several years, and still plays, although not as well as she could if she'd practice more. She loves to ski and mountain bike, and makes a mean mint brownie! Follow her on Twitter: @MsKatieANelson.


  • Literary agency writers - Melissa Nichols Nesbitt

    Melissa Nichols Nesbitt

    Melissa Nichols Nesbitt grew up overseas, mainly in "British" Hong Kong. She graduated with an English degree from Duke University, and soon after, she returned to Asia. She now lives in Singapore with her husband and three children. Her first novel, Call of the Koel, set in 19th century Hong Kong, was a finalist for the Historical Novel Society's 2016 New Novel Award. Melissa is currently working on another historical novel set in 1930s Micronesia, as well as a contemporary YA novel set in an international school in Singapore. Follow Melissa on twitter @mn_nesbitt.


  • Literary agency writers - Dan Newman

    Dan Newman

    Dan Newman counts his having been raised "in-transit" around the globe as his most valuable education - despite a Masters degree in Journalism. The son of a globe-trotting international development worker, Dan grew up in St. Lucia, Lesotho, Swaziland, England, Canada, and Australia. Ask him where he comes from and you'll get a puzzled look, but it's left a love of travel, writing and far-flung places. Dan's debut work, The Clearing, a Neo-Gothic chiller set in the Caribbean, was published by Exhibit A in October 2013. Dan now lives with his wife and a small Fox cub just outside of Toronto, Canada.


  • Literary agency writers - Blake Northcott

    Blake Northcott

    Blake Northcott is a writer, Twitter-er and occasional Slayer of Vampires (only the ones that sparkle). She is also an ambassador at Millarworld, the comic book company responsible for Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Her sci-fi trilogy, the Arena Mode Saga, is the highest grossing series of novels (Fiction category) in the history of Kickstarter. All three books have been #1 bestsellers on Amazon Kindle in the US, Canada, and the UK, and are part of the high school curriculum in the state of Florida. In addition to writing novels, Blake is a contributor to Comic Book Resources, Geeks of Doom and CBS Man Cave. She lives in the Toronto area where she spends her free time reading, cooking and attempting to stay warm. Her turn-offs include Wheel of Fortune and Ke$ha. Visit Blake's website at www.blakenorthcott.com and follow her on Twitter at @ComicBookGrrl.


  • Literary agency writers - Jeff O'Handley

    Jeff O'Handley

    Jeff O'Handley discovered the joy of writing fiction in sixth grade when he penned "House of Evil," an epic short story best-described as Scooby Doo meets Stephen King. Fortunately, his writing has matured a bit since then. He's currently working on Powerless, a novel about how relationships within a family change in the wake of the inexplicable collapse of modern technology. Jeff lives in upstate New York with his wife and two daughters and works for an environmental organization.


  • Literary agency writers - Amparo Ortiz

    Amparo Ortiz

    Amparo Ortiz was born in Puerto Rico, where she still lives and refuses to share her food. She's an English college professor who discusses important topics such as Jensen Ackles's hair. As for her education, Amparo has a Masters in English and a B.A. in Psychology. She also went to Law school for one year, then dropped out because she spent more time writing scenes in class than paying attention. Thanks to her obsession with the Harry Potter series as a teenager, Amparo tried her hand at writing Y.A. and never looked back. Some of her Y.A. novels are fantasy/contain speculative elements. Some of them are realistic. You can visit her website at www.amparoortiz.com or follow her on Twitter @amparo_ortiz.


  • Literary agency writers - C. S. Pacat

    C. S. Pacat

    C. S. Pacat is the author of the Captive Prince trilogy. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, she has since lived in a number of different cities, including Tokyo and Perugia. She currently lives and works in Melbourne. You can follow C. S. Pacat on Twitter @cspacat, or on her blog at www.captiveprince.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Christine Platt Patrick

    Christine Platt Patrick

    Christine Platt Patrick developed her love for reading at a young age. Her mother says she could read before she could walk (but Christine knows that's impossible). A lover of fiction and fantasy, Christine enjoys writing stories interwoven with the African diasporic experience. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies and M.A. in African Studies from The Ohio State University. She also received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and enjoyed working as a Policy Advisor in the energy sector before returning to her love for storytelling. Her debut novel, The Truth About About Awiti, was published in March 2015. She lives in Washington, DC with her amazingly supportive husband, Joe, and adorable daughter, also known as Brown Bunny. You can learn more Christine at www.cppatrick.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Georgina Penney

    Georgina Penney

    Georgina Penney first discovered romance novels when she was eleven and has been a fan of the genre ever since. It took her another eighteen years to finally sit in front of a keyboard and get something down on the page but that's all right, she was busy doing other things until then. Some of those things included living in a ridiculous number of towns and cities in Australia before relocating overseas to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Brunei Darussalam. In between all these travels, Georgina managed to learn to paint, get herself an Arts degree, study Psychotherapy and learn all about Hypnotherapy. There was also a PhD in the mix there somewhere but moving to Saudi Arabia and rediscovering the bodice ripper fixed all that. Today she lives with her wonderful husband, Tony, in a cozy steading in the Scottish countryside. When she's not swearing at her characters and trying to cram them into her plot, she can be found traipsing over fields, gazing at hairy coos and imagining buff medieval Scotsmen in kilts (who have access to shower facilities and deodorant) living behind every bramble hedge.


  • Literary agency writers - Erin Peabody

    Erin Peabody

    Erin Peabody loves exciting young people about the fascinating and quirky workings of our natural world. She's worked as a park ranger in Yellowstone, the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Among her favorite topics are grizzly bears, sea turtles, carnivorous crickets and geysers that spout once a century. Her nonfiction book, A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, The World's First National Park (Sky Pony Press, 2015), details one of our country's most triumphant conservation stories. Erin lives with her husband, daughter and yellow lab Luna in the leafy hills of Cincinnati, Ohio


  • Literary agency writers - Jenny Coon Peterson

    Jenny Coon Peterson

    Jenny Coon Peterson grew up in Michigan, but has been steadily moving west. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Michigan State University, she made her home in Oklahoma City, where she was an editor and award-winning journalist. Since moving to Denver, Jenny has concentrated on fiction—especially YA novels featuring strong-headed, sharp-tongued girls. She now lives in a tiny house in central Denver with her husband, toddler son, and two overweight tabbies named after Harry Potter characters. When she isn't writing, she loves to travel, hike in the mountains, and eat dessert for every meal. Follow her at jennycoonpeterson.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Nicole Pomer

    Nicole Pomer

    Nicole Pomer is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara's Cultural Anthropology program, who spent two years living and working in Kenya first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, then with a small NGO in the dry, arid lands of the north. Aside from Kenya and Uganda, Nicole has spent considerable time in Thailand, Laos, Bali, and most recently, New Zealand and the Gold Coast of Australia, where she spent the past year working on her first novel, Blue Mountain. A work of fiction, Blue Mountain follows the separate and equally dangerous journeys of a married expat couple who travel from Kenya to the Somali border. Nicole and her lovely husband reside on the California coast beneath a towering magnolia tree with their preschooler daughter who, for the past 1,200 nights and counting, has ruthlessly avoided sleep like the plague.


  • Literary agency writers - Linda Poitevin

    Linda Poitevin

    Linda Poitevin is slightly astonished to find that dreams of a writing career really can come true (and was even more astonished to find out that not everything she learned in high school English was a waste of time). Linda started out writing romance (A Fairy Tale For Gwynh was recently published by The Wild Rose Press) before turning her attention to the darker side of paranormal suspense with Sins of an Angel. Sins is the first book in The Grigori Legacy, a series replete with angels and demons, heavenly treason, and the eternal, seductive struggle between good and evil. Linda lives near Ottawa, Canada's capital, with her husband, three daughters, a dog, two cats, a rabbit, a lizard, and assorted pond goldfish that over-winter in her garage – and always feels the urge to finish that list with "…and a partridge in a pear tree!" To find out more about Linda, visit her Website at www.lindapoitevin.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Agata Raczyńska

    Agata Raczyńska

    Agata Raczyńska was born in Poland but now divides her time between Warsaw, Mexico City and Santiago de Chile. Through her art, she wishes to capture the love and joy little girls wish for. Agata actively works as an illustrator for many magazines and publishing houses abroad. Her first comicbook, Minicomic (Editorial Periféricas, Spain), will be published in 2011. To see more of Agata's art, please visit: www.flickr.com/photos/rysunki/.


  • Literary agency writers - Bonnie Ramthun

    Bonnie Ramthun

    Bonnie Ramthun grew up in Colorado and earned a degree in computer science so she could find her way into strange and amazing jobs—and write about them. She's now a full time mom and writer and lives in Erie, Colorado with the love of her life, Bill. Bonnie finds raising four children to be more adventurous and exciting than her helicopter crash investigations in Alabama or the giant welding robots in Michigan, although she sometimes longs for the peaceful days of virtual war gaming. In Bonnie's first three published novels, Colorado Springs homicide detective Eileen Reed and her handsome partner Joe Tanner, a war gamer, solve murders and save the world in Ground Zero, Earthquake Games and The Thirteenth Skull. Her most recent novel, The White Gates (Random House Children's, November 2008), is a middle grade mystery introducing Torin Sinclair, a young snowboarder who must discover the modern secret behind an ancient curse. The White Gates was recently named a Junior Library Guild Premiere selection for 2008 and was praised in Kirkus Reviews. Bonnie's currently working on Phantom Canyon, a sequel in which Torin and his friends find themselves cornered between a haunted landmark and some very real, very bad guys. Fortunately, this time the kids have a dog with a mysterious past on their side. Bonnie is thrilled to be with Prospect Agency and invites you to visit her website at www.BonnieRamthun.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Peter Reese

    Peter Reese

    Peter Reese has written essays for the Boston Globe Magazine, a series of pieces for NPR in Baltimore, a short story in the Looking Back anthology (Brighton Books), and poetry in the New York Quarterly. Most recently, his short story "In the Blind", was accepted for publication in the Kenyon Review (Summer 2010). Peter's first adult novel, Into the Wissahickon (out for submission), centers on an 11-year old boy who explores Philadelphia's vast Wissahickon Park in order to escape the chaos caused by his mother's mental illness. In addition to being a writer, Peter works as a physician on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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  • Literary agency writers - Lia Riley

    Lia Riley

    Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and darkly decadent Historical Romance. After studying creative writing at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She can now list drinking vodka with a Ukrainian mechanic in Antarctica among her accomplishments as well as (narrowly) avoiding arrest in Melbourne, Australia. A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her ultra left-brained (and very cute) husband doesn't mind. Much. She's a member of RWA and active in her local chapter—Silicon Valley. Come say hello at www.liariley.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Marsha Riti

    Marsha Riti

    Marsha Riti is a freelance illustrator based out of Austin, Texas. She has a BFA in studio art with honors from the University of Texas in Austin. She loves to create and takes inspiration from early comics artists as well as some new ones, with a slight Mid-Century twist. She was awarded Grand Prize for her portfolio at the o2011 Boots, Books, and Buckskin Regional Conference in Austin. Marsha's debut picture book is The Picky Little Witch, written by Elizabeth Brokamp (Pelican Publishing, 2011). To see more of Marsha's work, visit: MarshaRiti.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Mary Ann Rivers

    Mary Ann Rivers

    Mary Ann Rivers has been wearing a groove in her library card since she was old enough for story time. She's been writing almost as long—her first publication credit was in Highlights magazine. She started writing and reading romance in the fifth grade once she stumbled on the rainbow of romance novel book spines in the library's fiction stacks. She was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals, and leading creative writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a Nurse Practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Mary Ann lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son. She writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line.


  • Literary agency writers - Jarrett Rutland

    Johnathon Robson

    Former death metal musician, music production artist, bank fraud investigator… turned paranormal investigator. Ghostly Encounters: Confessions of a Paranormal Investigator, (Skyhorse Publishing, Fall 2015) represents Johnathon's inauguration to the world of authoring and book publishing. Johnathon attended Highland High School in Sparta, Ohio, where he turned his attention to the music industry as a song writer and lead guitar player for a traveling heavy metal band for over a decade. After several foiled attempts at world domination Johnathon retired and helped start a local music production company. With an avid interest in the paranormal field and parapsychology, he formed C-Bus Paranormal. Since its inception, he has carefully guided the team's development to include additional investigators located throughout the state, an arsenal of digital technologies useful in capturing evidence of paranormal phenomena, and a commitment to effective investigating methods and strategies. Though he still considers himself a skeptic at heart, Johnathon hasn't stopped seeking the answers to what lies beyond death.


  • Literary agency writers - Jarrett Rutland

    J. Rutland

    J. Rutland was born and raised in a family full of preachers and storytellers in the deep south—Alabama and North Carolina, to be precise. His full name is Jarrett Rutland, but he chose J. Rutland for his pen name so that the focus would be on his last name, in honor of all the tremendous Rutland role models in his upbringing. J. Rutland's favorite hobby as a child was writing and illustrating his own stories. After attending art school at Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, he landed his first picture-book deal illustrating Alligator Wedding by Nancy Jewell (Holt). Jarrett is also the author-illustrator of Prince Chirpio (Thomas Nelson), which is a retelling of the Prodigal Son story. He lives with his wife, Natalie, in Asheville, North Carolina.


  • Literary agency writers - Christina Saunders

    Christina Saunders

    Christina Saunders is an Alabama girl who loves to tell stories that are always hot and sometimes dark. In addition to being an unrepentant book hoarder, she has a particular affinity for dirty jokes and foul mouths. She is a former attorney who spends all her free time with her husband and two sassy daughters. Three of her novels have been published by St. Martin's Press Swerve—Bad Bitch, Hardass, and Total Dick. Her website is authorchristinasaunders.com. She also indie pubs under the pen name Celia Aaron, aaronerotica.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Courtney Schafer

    Courtney Schafer

    Courtney Schafer grew up reading Diana Wynne Jones and Patricia McKillip and her love of fantasy has only expanded with age. A voracious reader, she took up writing when she found that fantasy books weren't published fast enough to satisfy her craving for new worlds full of magic and wonder. Her first novel, The Whitefire Crossing, is the story of a sardonic young smuggler and a runaway apprentice mage caught in a deadly game of intrigue between rival mages that will determine the fate of a city. When not writing, Courtney figure skates, climbs 14,000 foot peaks, squeezes through Utah slot canyons, and skis way too fast through trees. To support her adrenaline-fueled hobbies and writing habit, she received a degree in electrical engineering from Caltech and now works in the aerospace industry. She lives with her husband and son in the climber's paradise of Boulder, Colorado


  • Literary agency writers - Donna Scott

    Donna Scott

    Donna Scott was an adjunct professor at a university in South Florida before embarking on the exciting journey of writing historical fiction. Research was the only thing she'd ever written—not exactly the stuff you'd want to read on the beach or next to a cozy fire on any given day. Then, after a restless night filled with visions of characters dancing—or rather fighting—in her head, she sat down at the computer and began writing her first novel. She received her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS in English Education from Florida International University, where she also completed her doctoral work in Higher Education Instruction with an emphasis in English. Donna lives in sunny Fort Lauderdale with her wonderful husband and two sons. To learn more about Donna, please visit her at www.donnascott.net.


  • Literary agency writers - Regina Scott

    Regina Scott

    Regina Scott wrote her first novel in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she took a little longer to learn her craft before selling her first book. Since then she's published over 30 works of fiction for adults and young adults. She currently writes for Love Inspired Historical, beginning a new series in 2014 called Frontier Bachelors, about East Coast brides journeying west to frontier Seattle. Belgrave House's Regency Reads line is publishing her backlist. Connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott, discover the nineteenth century at her blog www.nineteenteen.com, or learn more about her at her website www.ReginaScott.com.

    Read an excerpt from Regina Scott


  • Literary agency writers - Brandy Shockley

    Brandy Shockley

    Brandy Shockley has been obsessed with books ever since she devoured the Baby-Sitters Club series at age seven, and that obsession has never wavered. With degrees in both Communications and Liberal Studies, Brandy decided that while she loves both the news and literature, she likes creating snarky and strong Young Adult characters of her own even more. A certifiable night owl, she hopes her books keep other people awake reading way past their bedtimes too. Originally from Delaware, she now lives in North Carolina where in her free time she likes to read, knit, cook and – confession! – watch ridiculous amounts of TV.


  • Literary agency writers - Jessica Davidson

    Jessa Slade

    Jessa Slade is a cynic who drinks by the credo of her despair.com Pessimist's Coffee Mug, yet her rough-edged heroes and smart-mouthed heroines always manage to save the world and find true love by the end of the story. In Seduced By Shadows (NAL, 2009), the first in an urban fantasy romance series, immortal warrior lovers search for the missing pieces of their souls to find their way through the darkness—all the while facing demonic possession, Armageddon and the awkwardness of waking up next to someone who knows just how wicked you really are. Jessa lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon with a musician who feeds her, a shelter dog who walks her, and two nocturnal geckos to keep her company through the wee writing hours. So maybe the glass is half full after all. Jessa is a frequent contributor to the paranormal romance blog Silk and Shadows. Her own blog can be found at demonrepent.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Lauren Smith

    Lauren Smith

    Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night for Grand Central Publishing, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She's won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader's Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller's Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at www.laurensmithbooks.com or Twitter at @LSmithAuthor.


  • Literary agency writers - amy stearman

    Amy Stearman

    Amy Stearman is an avid reader and writer of stories, hailing from the Midwest. She lives in the liberal mecca of Kansas with her husband, young son, and dog. Amy holds her bachelors degrees in Human Services and Victim Studies, and a Masters degree in Social Work. That might sound pretty cool, but she accidentally ended up in public relations. When she's not chasing her five year old or attempting DIY home improvement, she's jotting down story ideas and dreaming big. Learn more at amystearman.com and @amystearman.


  • Literary agency writers - Karen Stivali

    Karen Stivali

    Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She's also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love&hellp; like real life, only hotter. Karen's lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it's guaranteed that Karen's novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.


  • Literary agency writers - Michael Stone

    Mike Stone

    Mike Stone was born in Staffordshire, England, and still lives there with his wife and daughter. In 2005, a degenerative eye condition forced him to retire from fulltime work in the pottery industry. Since then he has focussed on writing speculative fiction, selling over forty stories to markets such as ElectricSpec, Triangulation, Tales of Moreauvia, Farthing, and Pseudopod. He has published two collections, Fourtold (Baysgarth Publications), and Memory Bones (Graveside Tales), as well as a singleton, Lemon Man (Creative Guy Publishing), and co-edited two crime-themed anthologies, Badass Horror (Dybbuk Press), and the critically acclaimed Requiems for the Departed (Morrigan Books). His work has drawn praise from such esteemed fantasists as Garry Kilworth, John Grant, and the late Graham Joyce.


  • Literary agency writers - AdriAnne Strickland

    AdriAnne Strickland

    AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. Her incomprehensible scribbles eventually became more intelligible, and she's now the author of Wordless and Lifeless (Flux) and co-author of Shadow Run (Delacorte) with Michael Miller. An avid traveler, she spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe and now shares a home base in Alaska with her husband. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. You can find her at www.adriannestrickland.com, and on Twitter at @AdriAnneMS.


  • Literary agency writers - Carla Swafford

    Carla Swafford

    Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies and men, and her books reflect that. She has three romantic suspense novels with Avon Red and recently sold a hot motorcycle club series to Loveswept. She's married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.


  • Literary agency writers - Holly Sweet

    Holly Sweet

    Holly Sweet majored in English and education at Vanderbilt University. She used her degree to teach middle school for a while. She also played roller derby for a while. Now she writes for young adults and listens to a lot of podcasts. Recently, she spent a few months without a front tooth thanks to a peppercorn hiding in a BLT. Holly and her husband and their new son live in Houston (and they like it there, believe it or not). Follow her on Twitter @hollysweet or visit her website at www.holly-sweet.com


  • Literary agency writers - Todd Tarpley

    Todd Tarpley

    Todd Tarpley grew up in Colorado before journeying to New York City in search of adventure. He is the author of the picture books How About a Kiss for Me? (Dutton), Ten Tiny Toes (Little, Brown) and Beep, Beep Go to Sleep (Little, Brown). He has also written a memoir entitled Wrestling for Gable (out for submission), which details his four years training with legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable. Todd is a graduate of NYU, the University of Iowa, and Yale. His favorite subjects are still lunch and recess. He lives with his smart and beautiful wife, two huggable sons, a sweet black Cavalier Cocker, and an evil, furniture-destroying cat in New York.


  • Literary agency writers - Kara Tatelbaum

    Kara Tatelbaum

    Kara Tatelbaum is described by the The New Yorker as "having brown curls, bright eyes, kiddish exuberance and looking like the heroine of a children's book, Really Rosie meets Olivia the Pig." She choreographed her first dance, Homeless, at eleven and started a still-unfinished novel, Funky Fran, before puberty. She earned a BFA in Dance as a University Honors Scholar from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and an MFA in Choreography with a Teaching Assistantship from the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase. After two decades chasing her dancing dreams, which resulted in countless teachers telling her to quit (one suggested becoming a doctor), two hip surgeries, an ill-fated-yet-successful Pilates career, and getting her dances banned in China, she's thrilled to return to writing. Her memoir, Putting My Heels Down: A Non-Traditional Dancer's Journey to Defining Herself is currently out for submission. Kara lives with her husband and daughter Mattea in the East Village. Learn more at karatatelbaum.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Tim Tharp

    Tim Tharp

    Tim Tharp lives in Oklahoma where he writes novels and teaches in the Humanities Department at Rose State College. In addition to earning a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from Brown University, Tim Tharp has been a factory hand, construction laborer, psychiatric aid, long-distance hitchhiker, and record store clerk. His first novel, Falling Dark (Milkweed Press), was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Knights of the Hill Country (Knopf Books for Young Readers), his first novel for young adults, was named to the American Library Association's Best Books of 2007 list. Tim's next novel, New York Times bestseller The Spectacular Now, (Knopf Books, Nov. 2008) was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and has been adapted into a major motion picture. His latest YA novels are BADD and Mojo (also from Knopf). Visit Tim's website: TimTharp.wordpress.com.

    Read excerpts from Tim Tharp


  • Literary agency writers - Betsy Thorpe

    Betsy Thorpe

    Betsy Thorpe decided that escaping into the world of books was a pretty cool thing when she first read The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. Pursuing the love of all things English, she spent her junior year abroad in England, and then went back to King's College London to get her masters in English Literature before 1525. Her novel, The Thin Place (on submission) is partly based on what she learned there, and her imaginings of magical labyrinths, time travel, medieval England, and two men in pursuit of a nerdy red-headed professor. After becoming a mother and opening up Betsy Thorpe Literary Services, Betsy has co- and ghost-written many nonfiction books, including 365 Nights, which appeared in the New York Times, People magazine, and on Oprah. She helps numerous writers with all aspects of their book projects. A resident of Charlotte, NC, Betsy lives with her two daughters and rescue dog, Charlie, and volunteers with the JDRF and WNBA-Charlotte.


  • Literary agency writers - Nicole Trilivas

    Nicole Trilivas

    Nicole Trilivas considers herself a resident of the world, but when border control rolls their eyes, she'll disclose that she's American—and moreover, a proud New Yorker. Nicole's globe-trekker spirit inspired her new adult novel, Girls Who Travel (December 2015), starring a free-spirited serial backpacker with ever-shifting love triangles. Nicole is a lover of smelly cheese, drinker of affordably priced red wine, and isn't as serious as she looks in her picture. She is a graduate of Boston University and is currently working on her next novel because she likes how that sounds.


  • Literary agency writers - Gabrielle Small Tullman

    Gabrielle Small Tullman

    Gabrielle Small Tullman always planned to be a writer, but instead became an elementary school teacher, a book publicist, and a mother along the way. A childhood visit to the Secret Annex in Amsterdam sparked a lifelong fascination with Anne Frank and compelled her to write The House Behind (out for submission), a YA/middle grade novel that follows Anne's last day in hiding alongside Anne's fictitious doppelganger Lotte Fried, a German Jewish girl evacuated to England. A native New Yorker, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and children, where she laments the lack of Bloomingdale's and good ethnic food on a regular basis.


  • Literary agency writers - Stephanie Twining

    Stephanie Twining

    Stephanie Twining always knew she was meant to tell stories. She spent most of her career as a journalist, and her stories varied from a family of Liberian refugees reuniting in the Midwest to the daily grind for a doctor at a prison hospital to Taylor Swift's Pennsylvania roots. When she realized that some stories couldn't be told in mere column inches, she took to writing novels. Stephanie is a lifelong animal lover and current animal advocate living in a suburb of Washington, D.C., so it's no surprise that animals are just as integral to her plot lines as the human characters. She has a pet dog named Milo and a horse named Quincy. Outside of work and writing, Stephanie keeps busy with traveling, cooking, multiple book clubs, and too much reality TV.


  • Literary agency writers - Beckie Weinheimer

    Beckie Weinheimer

    Beckie Weinheimer grew up in Utah and Arizona. Thanks to several multiple births, the role of junior-parenting was thrust on her at age six when she was the oldest of eight. After excelling in a high school Creative Writing class, she went on to minor in English at BYU. As she raised her own three daughters, she was only able to dabble in small writing projects, but she eventually returned to Vermont College for an MFA in Creative Writing and loves the craft that allows her to work through causes she is passionate about. Her first novel, Converting Kate (Viking Books) was well received, earning an ALA Best Books, NYC Public Library Book of the Teen Age, Children's Book for Young People, Kliatt: Editor's Choice: Best of the Year's Hardcover YA Fiction. Beckie has two adult daughters, two son-in-laws and three grand pups. She lives with her long-time partner and currently splits her time between a New York City high rise and her rocky shoreline home in Mid-Coast Maine. Follow her on Twitter @beckeweinheimer.


  • Literary agency writers - Joseph Williams

    Joseph Williams

    Joseph Williams wrote his first novel, The Incendiary Agent (out for submission), on the PATH and F trains during his daily commute from Hoboken to Queens from around 2006 to 2009. It was during this time that the NYPD foiled a terrorist plot to bomb New York City's subways. And although Joseph didn't have any actionable intelligence about this particular threat, he did suspect that authorities were taking extraordinary steps in the fight against terrorism. Things like placing spies in NYC universities. This is in fact the opening scene of the novel, where a visiting Palestinian student is tracked and monitored through an NYU scholarship program that doubles as a CIA listening post. In this thinking man's espionage thriller—inspired by John MacDonald and Dennis Lehane—agent Nathan Frost disrupts the principal players in a counterfeiting ring, resulting in a trail of violence that leads him to a plan for apocalypse. Frost is a new take on the anti-hero character, and while readers may be unsettled by his unique philosophy and interrogation methods, they'll be forced to reconcile their own thoughts on what the world must do to keep itself safe—and at what cost. Joseph Williams lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife, Liz, and two daughters, Laura and Anna.


  • Literary agency writers - Kaitlin Willihnganz

    Kaitlin Willihnganz

    Kaitlin Willihnganz wrote her first novel at fourteen. It was not good, but it was good practice. She continued practicing as she attended Indiana University, where she created an individualized major in theatrical linguistics, and then Spalding University, where she received an M.F.A. in writing. Her YA fantasy novel, Dream Walker (forthcoming from St. Martin's Press), explores the lives of a secret society of people who risk their lives in the dream world in order to end nightmares. When their most promising young dream walker, Joshlyn Weaver, is given an apprentice from the outside, she has to teach him the ropes—while saving him from nightmares, her own grandfather, and monsters from her past—all without falling in love. Kaitlin is currently writing another young adult novel, set during the Black Death in England, and also owns the Louisville, Kentucky, branch of Women Writing for (a) Change, a feminist writing academy.


  • Literary agency writers - Rodney Wilson

    Rodney Wilson

    Rodney Wilson loves stories and always has, so when it came time to declare a college major, the choice was obvious: journalism. Then art, then (finally) English. Since graduating from Northern Kentucky University's creative writing program, Rodney's worked as a freelance writer, in-house editor, coffee shop owner, screen printer, woodworker and small farmer. The idea for his debut novel, Super Dragon Death Swords, pushed into Rodney's head after a short stint as an almost-but-not-quite rock star. He lives in central Kentucky with his family and too many animals.


  • Literary agency writers - Tracy Wolff

    Tracy Wolff

    Tracy Wolff/Tessa Adams/Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she'd read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she'd found her life-long love. Her first novel, A Christmas Wedding, appeared on the scene in November of 2008 and since then she has sold twenty-one novels—including Erotic Suspense and Paranormal to NAL, Contemporary Superromance to Harlequin, and Paranormal Young Adult Romance and Contemporary Young Adult Romance to Walker Books. Now an English professor at her local community college, Tracy lives in Texas with her three young sons. She was a 2010 Rita nominee.


  • Literary agency writers - Emma Wunsch

    Emma Wunsch

    Emma Wunsch has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her humorous tween novel, Like (out for submission) tells the story of Susannah Brewster, an eighth grader who returns from summer camp only to discover that her best friend is now in the popular crowd and her mother has started dating a woman. She also has a YA novel entitled The Movie Version (also out for submission) about a girl whose brother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. In addition, Emma has written several short stories for adults that have been published in The Bellevue Review, Lit, Fugue, Passages North, The Brooklyn Review, The Vermont Review, The Boston Fiction Annual Review, and Natural Bridge. One story, "Lily of the Valley", was included in The Best of The Bellevue Review anthology and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Emma lives with her husband, the photographer Nick Gaffney, and their daughters Georgia and Dahlia in Lebanon, New Hampshire.


  • Literary agency writers - Sandy Yang

    Sandy Yang

    Sandy Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer whose fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review, The Los Angeles Review, Juked, Eleven Eleven, Monkeybicycle and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, and is the recipient of a scholarship from the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and the Village Voice fellowship for minority writers. Her journalism has been published by The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. Visit her online at sandy-yang.com and follow her on Twitter at @_sandyyang.


  • Literary agency writers - Catherine Young

    Catherine Young

    Catherine Young grew up amongst the rolling hills of the English countryside giving her a life long love of nature. She was always busy drawing and writing stories based on the wild farm animals she met on her adventures in the apple orchard and out across the fields. Luckily, her storybook imagination never grew up. At University she combined her love of Art, Textiles, Photography and Communications. Now living in Belgium with her fiancé and two tabby cats Catherine has developed her design business, Bumpkin. Her whimsical, nostalgic Illustrations and Collectors Bears have brought their magic to hundreds of homes around the globe. To find out more about Catherine hop along to www.bumpkin.etsy.com.


  • Literary agency writers - Brenna Burns Yu

    Brenna Burns Yu

    Brenna Burns Yu is a picture book author and illustrator, currently working on her first book for Candlewick Press (forthcoming, 2018). She has been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2012. She graduated with an MFA from the Fiber Department of Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004, and textile patterns and motifs still find their way into most of her drawings. Her three children, and the multitude of critters that live in her untended garden also inspire her stories and art. She loves to work in pen & ink, pencil, watercolor, and gouache. You can visit her on the web at brennaburnsyu.com. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaBurnsYu.


  • Literary agency writers - Taylor Zajonc

    Taylor Zajonc

    Taylor Zajonc's real-life adventures as a maritime historian, Explorers Club member, shipwreck expert and avid world traveler nearly exceed those of his fictional counterparts. His fascination with deep ocean exploration began when he joined a Russian expedition to the deepest archaeological site on the planet, descending nearly three miles into the abyss of the Bermuda Triangle aboard a Soviet-era submersible. As his career grew, his archival field research has now contributed to the discovery of some of the most incredible treasure-laden shipwrecks in history, including Admiral Balchin's HMS Victory and a 110-ton trove of sunken World War II silver. Taylor's debut novel, The Wrecking Crew (out for submission) is a thrilling adventure set in the world's last frontier, a story of adeep-water salvage diver set free from a Moroccan prison and forced to leada covert mission into pirate-infested Somali waters. When his expeditionthreatens to expose the true source of an oceanic plague, he must assemble an unproven crew of former enemies and fight for the fate of the entire region. When not writing or hunting long-lost shipwrecks, Taylor can be found at the local dog park or riding along the Potomac River on his Triumph motorcycle. He lives in Arlington, Virginia where he collects rare maritime books and shipwreck artifacts


  • Literary agency writers - Kim Zarins

    Kim Zarins

    Kim Zarins enjoys books with pictures—whether they're children's picture books or the illuminated medieval manuscripts that inspire her dissertation on fourteenth-century English literature. Her picture books include Playful Bunny (Scholastic/Cartwheel) and Helpful Puppy (Holiday House) and she has three other picture-book manuscripts that are currently out for submission. She also has a middle-grade novel in the works. Kim holds a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and teaches medieval literature and children's literature at Sacramento State. She lives in nearby Davis, California, with her husband and son.


  • Literary agency writers - Brian Zepka

    Brian Zepka

    Brian Zepka was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He has a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in public health. He started writing novels in college to escape the dull world of listening to lectures about photosynthesis and watching random liquids drip into bottles in organic chemistry lab. Fortunately, graduate school was much more engaging and the fields of public health and social justice turned into inspiration for many of his stories. Brian writes for young adults. Follow him on Twitter: @brianzepka and Instagram: brianzepka.


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