NW Authors

We are working on compiling a directory of Pacific Northwest YA authors here. If you are an author and would like to be listed in the directory, be sure to let us know by emailing Mel!







Alma Alexander was born with ink in my veins, in a town on the banks of the Danube in a country which no longer exists. She lived in three different homes before she was ten, and then left the country of my birth, never to live there again. In the years that followed, Alma attended eight different schools in five different countries. She was, as the song goes, born under a wan’dring star.

She is a voracious reader, and a writer of close to two million words. Alma have written more than books and one of my novels, The Secrets of Jin-shei, has been published in 14 languages around the world.
She is married to a man who wooed me over the Internet and lured her to America. She is owned by two cats.

She likes books, embroidery, music ranging from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to Dvorak’s New World Symphony and “La Traviata”, animals, coffee, chocolate, snow, velvet — and, in people, loyalty, kindness and intelligence (and an off-the-wall sense of humor helps).

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Ksenia Anske was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to US in 1998 not knowing English, having studied architecture and not dreaming that one day she'd be writing. She lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and their combined three kids in a house that they like to call The Loony Bin.

Before quitting her career in 2012 to write full time, an entrepreneur and social media marketer by trade, Ksenia helped clients establish social media presence as a consultant and ran her start-up Lilipip for 5 years, a company that created animated explanation videos. Ksenia's been named one of the 100 Top Women in Seattle Tech and Geek of the Week of Seattle PI.

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Joëlle Anthony started out life in Portland, Oregon as a talker, then a reader, eventually a writer, and by her teen years, the sirens of the stage were calling her name. With a BA in theatre, and absolutely no other marketable skills (not even waitressing), she got some headshots made, and called herself an actress. Believe it or not, some people fell for it, and if you look really closely, and don’t blink, you can see her in movies like What The Bleep Do We Know? and The Temp.

The desire to write remained strong though and in between acting gigs, she began to scribble down her first novel for teens (which permanently resides in a drawer). Writing seemed to be her real calling and after many years of practice, and lots and lots of reading, she wrote a young adult book called Restoring Harmony, and her second novel, The Right & the Real.

She currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician
husband, Victor Anthony, and two cats, Miss Sophie & Miss Marley. As for the
future, their only plan is to avoid real jobs, write and play guitar in
front of the wood stove, and live happily ever after.


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Shelby Bach is the author of The Ever Afters series, a middle grade fantasy adventure about an afterschool program for fairy tale Characters-in-training. After graduating from Vassar College, she had a serious case of wanderlust--she lived in New York City, NY; Big Sky, MT, and Charlotte, NC before deciding that she really wanted to live on the West Coast. So, she packed up her car and drove across country, up through California, to Oregon, where she fell in love with Portland, her current home. She has no plans to move again, because she can't imagine leaving behind Powell's, the beautiful moss-covered trees, and the cafes with the most delicious coffee she has ever tasted. 

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Sean Beaudoin is the author of Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue and You Killed Wesley Payne, The Infects and Wise Young Fool. He is a founding editor of the literary website TheWeeklings.com, and his stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including: The Onion, Salon, Glimmer Train, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter, and has so far resisted the siren call of fleece.  
Check out The Infects Check out The Weeklings

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Linda Benson has written several young adult and middle grade books, including The Girl WhoRemembered Horses, Finding Chance, The Horse Jar, and a brand new novel called Six Degrees of Lost. Her passion for nature and animals often finds its way into her writing. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a variety of animals, and is hard at work on her next book.

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Kendare Blake holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Ithaca College and an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University. She's lived in Minnesota, upstate New York and London, and now resides in Washington, with two demanding cats and a husband who always takes their side. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new food and playing really bad tennis. Occasionally, she holds up traffic to rescue turtles. She is the author of Sleepwalk Society, Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares.        

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Martha Brockenbrough is the author of DEVINE INTERVENTION, a novel about the world's most inept guardian angel. It was listed as one of Kirkus Reviews' best books for teens in 2012 and optioned for film by the producer of "Ghost" and the screenwriter of "Mrs. Doubtfire." She's also author of two books for adults, a picture book called THE DINOSAUR TOOTH FAIRY and her young adult novel THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH, and is the founder of National Grammar Day. She lives in Seattle. 

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TJ Brown is passionate about books, writing, history, dachshunds and mojitos. If she could go back in time, she would have traveled back to England, 1910, Paris, 1927 or Haight-Ashbury, 1967. She resides in the burbs of Portlandia, where she appreciates the weirdness, the microbreweries, hoodies, Voodoo Donuts and the rain. 

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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Pretty Amy is her first novel. She never went to her senior prom.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous. Pretty Amy is her first novel.  She was a lot like Amy when she was in high school. Her second novel is Dear Cassie.

She is still a lot like Amy. 

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Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. She lives with her family in Seattle. 

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Chelsea Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot.  And then rains some more.  She finished her first novel when she was twelve, sent it out, and promptly got rejected.  Since then she's written many more novels, earned a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, become an obsessive knitter and fiber artist, and started a collection of glass grapes.  As a kid, Chelsea read lots of adult books, but now that she's an adult herself (at least according to her driver's license), she loves books for kids and teens.  Besides writing, studying ancient languages, and collecting useless objects, Chelsea is a pop culture fangirl at heart and can often be found rewetting episodes of Buffy the Vampire SLayer, dying a lot in Dark Souls, or spending way too much time on Twitter and Facebook.  She is the author of several novels for teens.  





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Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can't stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Hush is her first book in the Lakeview Novel series. Look for book two, Whisper, coming January 2014. 

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J. Anderson Coats has dug for crystals, held Lewis and Clark’s original hand-written journal and been a mile underground. She has a cool surgery scar unrelated to childbirth, she reads Latin, and she's been given the curse of Cromwell on a back-road in Connemara. On a clear day, she can see the Olympic mountains from her front window. On the foggy ones, she can smell the Puget Sound. Jillian writes historical fiction set in the middle ages that routinely includes too much violence, name-calling and petty vandalism perpetrated by badly-behaved young people. The Wicked the the Just (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) is her first book.


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Kerry Cohen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacific University. A psychotherapist, writing teacher, and the author of Loose Girl, Dirty Little Secrets, Seeing Ezra; and the young adult novels Easy, The Good Girl, and It’s Not You, It’s Me, she lives with the author James Bernard Frost and their four children in Portland, Oregon. More..Kerry is available for one-on-one writing instruction and therapeutic consultation for issues related to promiscuity. Please click on the links for further information.

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Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different
languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2011.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


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Chris Crutcher, is the author of fourteen books -- eleven novels, including PERIOD 8, two short story collections and an autobiography. Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and acted as director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. That academic history coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect and 30 years as a Spokane Child Protection Team leader has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft. His signature blend of tragedy and comedy have made him a favorite with teen and adult readers. 


He is also one of the most frequently banned authors in North America -- a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback. 

A popular Voices from the Middle columnist for several years, and recent contributor at the Huffington Post, Crutcher has been awarded the NCTE's National Intellectual Freedom Award, the ALAN Award, the ALA's Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, and Writer magazine's Writers Who Make a Difference Award. 

Chris Crutcher makes his home in Spokane, Washington. 

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Holly Cupala wrote teen romance novels before she ever actually experienced teen  Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators,been a readergirlz diva, and now serves on the board of the University of Washington Writing Program. When she isn't writing and making art, she spends time with her husband and little ones in Seattle, Washington. These days, her writing is less about tragedy and more about hope. 

TELL ME A SECRET is her first novel, and her second, DON'T BREATHE A WORD, is now available from HarperCollins. Ten percent of the author's proceeds go toward World Vision's Hope for 

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Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series, which are as much coming-of-age romance as they are paranormal thrillers, as well as the dystopic-fantasy THE PLEDGE trilogy along with her  trilogy THE TAKING. She lives in the Pacific Northwest where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration, and often find the things they say buried in the pages of their mother’s books.

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Kris Dinnison spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian while dreaming of becoming a writer. Her work has appeared in One Teen Story, The London Journal of Fiction, HelloGiggles, YARN, The Inlander and The Spokesman Review, among others. She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington. Her first novel, You and Me and Him, came out in 2015 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 


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Phil Duncan is the author of Wax, a young-adult novel published by RainTown Press, as
well as of various short fiction published both in print and online. He is a graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the University of Washington’s English program. He is a former Jacob K. Javits Fellow and recently served as a Creator-in-Residence at the Tokyo Wonder Site-Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

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Abra Ebner is a lover of all things artistic. From writing, to making her own clothes, to cooking just about anything, she cannot resist a challenge to create. Traveling extensively, including having stepped foot in five countries within 24 hours, Abra’s wandering heart is happily soothed by literary wanderings back home. Born in Woodinville Washington, Abra grew up in a house in the woods, surrounded by neighbors that quickly became best friends. The adventures they experienced resonate in her writings of today.

With a degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University, you could say writing was a bit of a left turn—but not quite. Her studies took her into the art of bookmaking and a magical canvas of words that was never-ending. With grammar the constant enemy, she had her work cut out for her (but that’s why we hire editors!). She believes that no matter the background, if you have a story, and a means to write it, nothing should ever get in your way.

Abra Ebner is accompanied in life by her sweet husband Erik and her daring daughter Erinn Ember—and what author is complete without a couple cats? She now resides in many places, but mainly Eastern Washington, where the sun shines more often than not (Hurray!). In short, she enjoys the many sensory joys of life, and simply can’t get enough of it.

Her books include: 'The Knight Angels series', 'The Feather Book series', 'Ladybird, Ladybird', 'Parallel' and a new children's book 'Grumpy Lumpy'.

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Kevin Emerson is a former science teacher now living a double life as an author and musician. He’s published eight novels for teen and middle grade readers: THE LOST CODE: (Katherine Tegen Books), THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION (Walden Pond Press March 2013), CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT (Arthur A. Levine Books), and the OLIVER NOCTURNE series (Scholastic). Kevin is also a musician. His current project is the brainiac kids’ pop band, The Board of Education. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. 


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Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, was published by Viking Children’s Books in 2013. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010.  She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

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Christine Fletcher is a veterinarian who started writing and never stopped. She is the author of two young adult novels, Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance, which was named a 2009 ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Portland, Oregon, in a 100-year-old house that constantly needs repairs, with her boyfriend of many years, an assortment of rescued dogs and cats, and a hognose snake named Snappy Tom. As she writes, one dog snoozes in her office, while the other one sneaks onto the sofa (she knows the clacking noises from the keyboard means Christine won't notice.) The cats take turns on her lap. Snappy Tom, meanwhile, dreams his snaky dreams. Christine imagines he dreams of mice, although he doesn't say.

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Miriam Forster learned to read at the age of five, wrote her first story at the age of seven and has been playing with words ever since. In real life Miriam is a recovering barista, a terrible housekeeper and a bit of a hermit. But in her mind she’s a deadly international assassin-ninja AND a fantastic dancer.


When Miriam isn’t writing, she plots out fight scenes, obsesses about anthropology, nature shows and British television, and reads far too much. She currently lives in the Portland area with her husband and an insane black cat named Kona. She has two books out, CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS and EMPIRE OF SHADOWS.

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After a 20-year career as a journalist, Heather Vogel Frederick decided it was high time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing fiction for young readers. Today, she’s the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the Spy Mice tales, and 2013 Oregon Book Award finalist ONCE UPON A TOAD, which School Library Journal pronounced “a gem.” Heather’s work spans many genres, from historical fiction to fantasy, fractured fairy tales, contemporary realism, and picture books (HIDE AND SQUEAK and BABYBERY PIE), and has been honored both nationally and internationally and translated into numerous languages. A former staff reporter and children’s book review editor for The Christian Science Monitor, Heather has also written for the New York Times, Child, Family Life, and Publishers Weekly, where she was a contributing editor for many years. She lives in Portland with her family.

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Shannon Grogan is a second grade teacher who writes at night (and while her kids are at ballet and baseball) in a small logging town east of Seattle. She holds degrees in education, and graphic design/Illustration. When she isn’t writing, she's baking, reading, watching scary movies, and wishing she were at the beach. 


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Stephanie Guerra has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She teaches children’s literature and writing at Seattle University. She also teaches creative writing at King County Jail and King County Juvenile Detention Center, and researches and speaks about literacy instruction for at-risk teens. Stephanie lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and children. TORN is her first young adult novel. Her middle grade novel, BILLY THE KID IS NOT CRAZY, will be out in fall of 2013.

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Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good sports, good causes, and good reads. She’s both intense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. She loves writing YA because basically, teens are awesome. Nobody But Us is her debut novel, a contemporary about two teens running from their pasts . . . but who can't seem to run fast enough. 
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For the past 20 years, Kelly Milner Halls has specialized in writing well researched, quirky nonfiction for young readers. As a full-time freelancer, she published more than 1,000 articles the first ten years in magazines and newspapers, including U.S. Kids, Guidepost for Kids, Ask!, Dig, Fox Kids, Scholastic Science News, Child Life, Children's Digest, Kid City, Curiocity, Freezone, Teen People, Family Fun, Writer's Digest, the Chicago Tribune KidNews, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's News for Kids, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's PG Page, Spokesman Review, the Washington Post, the Denver Post and many more. In 2003, she made the jump to writing book length nonfiction of young readers, including Dinosaur Mummies (Millbrook), Albino Animals (Millbrook), Wild Dogs (Millbrook), Mysteries of the Mummy Kids (Millbrook), Wild Horsee (Millbrook), Saving the Baghdad Zoo (HarperCollins/Greenwillow), Dinosaur Parade (Sterling/Lark), In Search of Sasquatch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Alien Investigation (Millbrook), Hatchlings:Life-Size Baby Dinosaurs (Running Press Kids), Tiger in Trouble (National Geographic), Courageous Canine (National Geographic), and more. Her first works of fiction, YA anthologies Girl Meets Boy and Ripperology, both from Chronicle books, were released in 2012 and 2013. Ghost will be released by Millbrook in 2014. She makes her home in Spokane, WA with two daughters, two dogs, too many cats and a four-foot rock iguana named Gigantor. She also works part-time for YA authors, Chris Crutcher, Charlie Price and Terry Davis.

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Kiki Hamilton believes in faeries. And magic. Her novel THE FAERIE RING, tells the story of a young orphan in Victorian England who discovers the reality of faeries. Though she has a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University and has worked in a variety of management positions, her first love is writing YA stories of fantasy and adventure. Kiki lives near Seattle, Washington, where it only rains part of the time.

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Mindy Hardwick is a published children's and YA writer whose books include: Weaving Magic and Stained Glass Summer. Mindy has published numerous articles for children including "Who is Under the Bridge: The Fremont Troll," and "Rachel: The Pike Place Market Pig." She facilitates a poetry workshop with teens at Denney Youth Juvenile Justice Center and is the editor of their blog at:

Mindy is included on the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She is a member of Seattle SCBWI. Mindy lives in Washington State and loves spending time on the Oregon Coast Beaches. 

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Brent Hartinger is the author of a number of novels for children and teenagers, including three books in the Russel Middlebrook series: Geography Club, The Order of the Poison Oak, and Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies. His other books include The Last Chance Texaco; Grand & Humble; Project Sweet Life; and Shadow Walkers.  Brent’s books also include The Elephant of Surprise, the latest in the Russel Middlebrook series.

Brent’s writing honors include being named the winner of the Lambda Book Award, the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award, a GLAAD Media Award, the National Best Book Award, and a Book Sense Pick (four times).

Also a playwright and screenwriter, Brent currently has several film scripts under option and in the process of studio or network development. A screen version of his novel, Geography Club, was released in 2013.

Brent lives in Seattle with Michael Jensen, his partner of 20 years.

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Lars Hedbor is an amateur historian, linguist, brewer, fiddler, astronomer and baker.
Professionally, he is a technologist, marketer, writer and father.

His love of history drives him to share the excitement of understanding the events of long ago, and how those events touch us still today. He writes novels of the American Revolution, recording the stories of our national origins, and bringing to life the day-to-day concerns and struggles of the men, women and children who experienced that era not as history, but as their lives.  Lars resides in the Portland area.

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April Henry is that rarest of all creatures: a native Oregonian. She is also the New York Times-bestselling author of 13 mysteries for teens and adults. 

When she was in grade school, she sent a short story to Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), who arranged to have it published. Her latest young adult thriller is The Night She Disappeared. Foreign rights have sold in England, Turkey, and Germany, and it has just been optioned for film. 

April lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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Ann Herrick is the author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Her books have won several awards, such as the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers award and an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice award.

She grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards.

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As a very young child, Amalie Rush Hill was so shy that many of her mother’s friends erroneously thought that she was unable to speak. As she quietly observed, she was taking note of the details of life, people’s actions and reactions and how things worked, building a foundation for being an artist and a writer. Her first story was written at nine and she’s been writing ever since. 

As she often says, life got in the way, so her first novel wasn’t published until 2005. She has studied many philosophies, religions, metaphysics and spirituality and has a wide range of interests. She’s never stopped reading, learning and growing and expects to keep on doing so until the end, whatever or whenever that may be. In the meantime, she and her husband live in the country. Their older son and his girl friend, her two daughters and his two teen-age sons live with them. This arrangement requires a healthy does of humor. 

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Mark Holtzen lives in Seattle with his family. He likes to ride his bicycles, read books, listen to great music, and play with his kids. Mark's book 'The Pig War' is out now.




Mark's Childhood Favorites are:
Pet: Cindy – best dog ever, she liked popcorn and carrots.
Vacations: Camping mid-winter on Oregon coast and finding a glass ball on the post-storm beach, hikes with dad in scouts, long road trips across country, catching crawfish and trout at Fishhawk Lake.




Snack: Popcorn – by the handful and at a quick pace. This still applies.




First bike: An old yellow banana-seated Schwinn that my dad later converted into a dirt bike with mag wheels. Sweet.




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Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers

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Sabrina Hysa is the author of Shea, book one of ‘The Realm Series’.
A lover of reading and travel, Sabrina’s writing comes from that of past curiosities. She relishes in the unknown, thus allowing for the imagination to wander. Days are spent tending to her two little ones, while late nights are spent writing and researching. Espresso is a must for a days success, a comfy couch another of her comforts. Holding a tendency to see all in sarcastic light, Sabrina continues her writing with questions always on mind. Sabrina now lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia Canada, where she is hard at work on her next book of the ‘The Realm Series’. 


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Denise Jaden is, or has been, everything from a professional Polynesian dancer and fitness competitor to a mushroom farmer and church secretary. Most of her time now is spent homeschooling or playing with her eight year old son or in front of her computer writing.

Denise Jaden's writing has appeared in various magazines and e-zines. Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in September 2010, with her next one, NEVER ENOUGH, expected in summer 2012.

She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son.


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Kristen James is a Pacific Northwest romance author who enjoys traveling, cycling, fishing, hiking, running, berry picking, and about any outdoor activity with her family. Her motto? Make life an adventure! She has fifteen published works, including three nonfiction books. Visit her website and blog, and interact on Facebook. She loves to hear from readers.


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Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise on the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada. She married Sebastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France during the 1999-2000 school year. They reside with their Westie, Cosmo.
Nikki is the author of the Spellbound Trilogy, a YA fantasy series that takes place in Washington State. Entangled (Spellbound #1) was an amazon bestseller in children’s science fiction and fantasy.


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H.M. Jones is the author of Monochrome, a B.R.A.G Medallion Honor dark fantasy book. She has also authored four small poetry books in the Attempting to Define poetry collection. She lives in beautiful Kingston, WA with her two preschoolers, her husband and her cat, Pepper. Besides the pessimistic and critical meows from Pepper, her work is being praised for its honesty, vivid detail and introspective nature. 

In her spare time, Jones teaches college Composition and Literature courses, moderates her indie review website, Elite Indie Reads (http://www.eliteindiereads.weebly.com), and attempts to sway her children into geekery by reading them Harry Potter, Austen novels, and a conglomeration of myths, fantasy and whimsy. Bookstore hoping and bookshelf stocking are her favorite activities, but she also tries to run and keep relatively fit, so that she can live longer and get to all the books on her "to read" list. 

Jones is currently in the beta-stages of finishing her first young adult novel, Lexis: Book One of the Old Wood Trilogy, ​a modern fantasy about a boy who discovers an ancient ancestry and a love that will change his life. Self publishing is a slow business, but she hopes to release her newest book January 2015. 

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Kristen Kehoe is an Oregon native who moved promptly to the desert after she graduated from Oregon State University with her BA in Creative Writing and Liberal Studies. She lived in Nevada for seven years teaching high school English before telling her husband it was time for some culture and some clouds. Currently, she resides near the Seattle area with her husband, her daughter, and her Great Dane. She is the author of the New Adult/Young Adult novels Finding You, Beyond the Horizon, Life Interrupted and The Light of Day. She writes about the transitional years from high school to college because she believes those are the years when we recognize just how cruel life can be, and how much easier its burdens are when we trust someone enough to share them. She lives for coffee and slow Saturday mornings and loves nothing more than a rainy day and a love story. 

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Stasia Ward Kehoe dreamed of becoming a professional ballerina but she didn’t grow quite enough (she is 5’4”) or have sufficiently good knees (they are peppered with surgery scars). Instead, she went to Georgetown University from which she received a BA in English along with discovering (thank you, Hoya professors) a profound love for writing. After working at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Random House Publishing in New York, and receiving her MA in Performance Studies from New York University, she took a long hiatus to marry a dude who looks just like Clark Kent (the hot geek who turns into Superman), have four awesome sons, and move to the Pacific Northwest where she now lives. She then started writing with a vengeance, publishing her first young adult novel, AUDITION, in 2011. She highly advises not being too specific with your long-term goals however, if you decide to write a book, sit on your backside and don’t get up until you have (a) died of starvation or (b) written the words “the end.” THE SOUND OF LETTING GO is her second novel and her short-term plan is to write another so, as you read this bio, she's likely got her fingers glued to a keyboard. Stasia also enjoys artichokes, chocolate (but, come on, who doesn’t?), parentheticals (obviously) and turning on her car to an explosion of pop music because the last person to drive it was one of her teenagers--especially if the song is about heartache and healing and has a good dance beat.

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Katherine Kirkpatrick has published seven books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. Her recent YA title Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man was named a Golden Kite Honor Book 2012 by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Seattle.

Here is Katherine’s advice to writers: “Don’t put yourself on a strict deadline. Take all the time you need in putting together a novel that has depth. You cannot get where you’re going before you’re meant to get there. Aim at writing a book that is so engrossing that readers can’t put it down. Mistakes are part of the writing process. Mistakes even become an important part of the finished work.”

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Karen Kincy spent her childhood in Snohomish, graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and currently lives and works in Redmond with her newlywed husband. Her first two novels are actually set in a fictional Washington town, Klikamuks, that was inspired by Snohomish. 

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Phoebe Kitanidis writes contemporary, character-driven stories with a paranormal twist. She is the author of WHISPER and GLIMMER, published by Harper Collins. Growing up in a variety of places (including Athens, Greece; the American Midwest; and the San Francisco Bay Area) has given her a variety of experiences and voices to draw from in her work. A former contributor to Discovery Girls magazine, she also wrote THE FAB GIRLS GUIDE TO FRIENDSHIP HARDSHIP, published by Discovery Girls Inc. She lives with her family in Seattle. 

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Helen Landalf's debut YA novel, FLYAWAY, released from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in December, 2011. She is also the author of two picture books, including THE SECRET NIGHT WORLD OF CATS (Smith & Kraus, 1998), which was illustrated by her autistic brother, Mark Rimland and received a 1998 Parent Publishing Association Honor award, as well as five nonfiction books for teachers on integrating dance and drama into the curriculum. She was born and raised in San Diego, California, where she majored in Drama at San Diego State University, and then relocated to upstate New York, where she studied in the Professional Actor’s Training Program at SUNY Purchase. She now resides with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She has two stepsons, one of whom serves in the Air Force. When not writing, she works as a Pilates instructor and teaches Creative Dance to preschoolers.

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Cheri Lasota has written poetry and fiction for sixteen years, edited fiction for nine years and recently jumped headlong into design work for enhanced ebooks. She has a great love for all things techy / geeky, so she finds herself pushing the boundaries of ebook marketing and design at every turn. Her passion for fiction and helping other novelists achieve their goals is without limits.

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Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. ZEROBOXER (Flux, April 2015) is her debut novel. A recovering corporate strategist who was born and raised in Calgary, Canada (land of hockey, rodeo, and oil reserves), she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon (land of rain, hipsters, and Powell’s Books). When she is not writing she can be found training in martial arts, watching action movies, or searching out tasty breakfasts. 

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Jennifer Longo's debut novel SIX FEET OVER IT released on August 26th, 2014 courtesy of Random House Books, Edited by Chelsea Eberly and represented by Melissa Sarver White at Folio Literary. A California native, Jennifer holds a BA degree in Acting from San Francisco State University and an MFA degree in Writing For Theatre from Humboldt State University. She is a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Best Full Length Script honoree for her play, FROZEN. A recent San Francisco transplant, Jennifer lives with her husband and daughter in the Seattle area.
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Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. 

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Daniel Marks writes young adult horror and fantasy, spends way too much time glued to the internet and collects books obsessively (occasionally reading them). He’s been a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, a Halloween store manager, and has survived earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons to get where he is today, which is to say, in his messy office surrounded by half empty coffee cups. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Caroline, and three furry monsters with no regard for quality carpeting. None.

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Craig MacLachlan currently lives in Post Falls, Idaho and is married to his wife Christina. Craig enjoys reading, movies, shows, camping, hiking, gold-panning, exploring and treasure hunting. He is also into cross-stitching and can name all fifty states in alphabetical order. He was born in Thompson Falls, MT where his current YA novel series is set. SUMMER'S SHADOW is book one of the SIERRA WINTERS AND THE VOID series.

Craig is currently working on FALL'S FURY, book two in the SIERRA WINTERS series and he also has several other YA projects in the works. Craig has a completed short film, ROGER, he co-wrote that can be viewed online. Craig recently won third place in a one act screenwriting competition put forth by The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Creative Writing Competition.Craig turned the winning script into a short story which is currently published in Young Adult Magazine's September 2012 issue. He is now a bi-monthly short story contributor for the magazine and has several more stories published.

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Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; and Pyromantic. She has published short stories in the Normal School, Tor.com, and the anthologies Cornered, What to Read in the Rain, Freaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. She got her BFA in creative writing from Seattle University and her MFA from University of New Orleans. Lish is also currently a bookseller and event host at Third Place Books, a giant thriving indie bookstore just outside of Seattle. Her first book, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults title, Morris Award finalist, and won the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award. While she has no long term goals for world domination, she would like her own goat farm.

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Maureen McQuerry has always loved stories. Growing up she was in demand at slumber parties for telling the scariest ghost stories. Along the way she fell in love with poetry, and published in literary journal for many years as she taught high school and middle school English. Her YA novel The Peculiars, was published by Abrams/Amulet in 2012. It explores the question how far would you go to discover who you are? Booklist in its starred review says: “With a backdrop as strong as its heroine, this one is a page-turner.” Maureen credits training as a poet and reading everything she could get her hands on as a kid to becoming an author today.  Her newest books include Beyond the Door and Time Out of Time and it's sequel the soon to be released The Telling Stone.


One of her favorite quotes is from the author G.K. Chesterton, “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” She firmly believes that the best stories offer readers glimpses of hope.

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Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. The Lunar Chronicles is a NY Times Bestselling series.


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Introducing Emma Michaels!
Growing up my best friend was my library card 
and books were my home.
I loved being surrounded by books and when times got tough books saw me through them. As I grew and realized (through book blogging) that others loved books as much as I did I started to share my writing and while there have been a few bumps in the road there is nothing more fulfilling than hearing from someone who cared enough to read my work. I went from one true friend to hundreds of absolutely amazing people who have changed my life 
for the better on a daily basis.

A big thank you to all of my amazing readers!

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T. Rae Mitchell is an incurable fantasy junkie who spent much of her youth mesmerizing her younger sisters with stories sprung from her crazy imagination. Over the years, her craving for the rush of being transported to fantastical realms became more acute. So it was only a matter of time before her habit got the best of her. Grief stricken one day upon discovering that her supply had dried up (her favorite bookstore had closed), she decided she’d had enough. Abandoning her career as an award-winning graphic designer, she entered a fantasy world of her own making called Fate’s Fables. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and son who are helping her cope with her addiction. Fate's Fables is her debut novel.

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Stephanie Oakes lives in Spokane, Washington, and works as a library media teacher in a combined middle and elementary school. She has an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. Her first novel, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, was published in 2015. Her second, The Arsonist, publishes in 2017.

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Anne Osterlund grew up in the sunshine of Eastern Oregon and graduated from Whitworth College. She lives in a cute little yellow house with her new feline friend, Charlotte, and her own library of young adult books. She also teaches sixth grade and enjoys immersing her students in language, literature, and imagination. Anne has written four novels, Salvation, Aurelia, Academy 7, and Exile, all published by Penguin Books. She has dreams of many more in the future.


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David Patneaude finally heeded the advice, "It's never too late to have a happy childhood," and began writing seriously (more or less) in the mid 1980's. His award-winning first novel, SOMEONE WAS WATCHING, was published in 1993. His books have been placed on more than thirty state young readers' lists, and honored by the New York Public Library (THE LAST MAN'S REWARD), the Society of School Librarians International (FRAMED IN FIRE), the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library's "One Book, Two Villages" program (THIN WOOD WALLS), and the Washington State Public Library (THIN WOOD WALLS). His newest book, EPITAPH ROAD (Egmont USA), was published in 2010.

When he's not sitting in a coffee shop writing, or at a school or library or conference talking about writing, or out on the running trail thinking about writing, he's at home in Woodinville, Washington with his wife Judy, a junior high librarian.

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Cat Patrick is an author of books for teens, including Forgotten, Revived and The Originals Just Like Fate (with Suzanne Young), and her newest book Court. She lives in the Seattle area with her twin daughters, and is afraid of heights, planes and zombies.

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Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. Her debut novel, THE S-WORD, is available now from Simon & Schuster, and THE LAST CHANGELING, Book 1 in “The Faerie Revolutions duology,” comes out Fall of 2014 from Flux.

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Randall Platt writes fiction for adults and young adults and those who don't own up to being either. Platt, a lifelong resident of the Upper Left Hand Corner, has been a full-time writer for twenty-five years which is certainly long enough to know better. But since Platt finds no shortage of fascinating characters and stories springing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the books just keep coming. Which explains why nearly all Platt’s novels take place in Washington or Oregon, the exception being Liberty’s Christmas, which takes place in Texas during the Depression. A film, Promise The Moon, has been made of Platt’s humorous western, The Four Arrows Fe-As-Ko.

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Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not busy writing an adventure, she is busy living one. Her first book, is a young adult fantasy, The Escape of Princess Madeline.

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Debbie Reber is an author, speaker, and life coach who helps girls and women create whatever it is they want to create in their lives. She has written a number of books for young adults and women, including Language of Love, Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You,In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers, and the teen self-help seriesChicken Soup for the Teenage Soul’s: The Real Deal. She also created and edited the first-ever series of teen-authored memoirs, Louder Than Words. Debbie frequently speaks to groups of girls and parents around the country on issues relating to self-esteem and empowerment. She lives in Seattle. 

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Jeanne Ryan is the author of NERVE (Dial/Penguin), about a high-stakes, online game of truth or dare, without the truth. It’s been published in six foreign languages and optioned by Lionsgate (Hunger Games), with the team from “Catfish” and “Paranormal Activity” (3 & 4) slated to direct. Her latest book, CHARISMA, is about good DNA gone bad. She lives with her family in Seattle.


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Sara Ryan grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but has been living in Portland long enough to experience multiple gallons' worth of rain. She's the author of Empress of the World (Viking), The Rules for Hearts (Viking), and assorted short stories, comics, and nonfiction. Her first graphic novel, Bad Houses, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, is out now from Dark Horse Comics. She also works full-time as a librarian, and is currently attempting to transform herself into a morning person.

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Lisa Schroeder is the author of six teen novels including THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU; I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and CHASING BROOKLYN, and THE DAY BEFORE. She's also the author of the middle grade CHARMED LIFE series and the IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES trilogy. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been selected for state reading lists. She is a native Oregonian and lives in Beaverton with her husband and two sons. When she's not writing, you'll probably find Lisa reading, walking the dog, watching her favorite TV shows, or baking yummy treats.

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Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in 2016.

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Carol Anne Shaw is a writer and illustrator/painter living in Cobble hill on Vancouver Island. (45 minutes north of Victoria) I am a bit of a country bumpkin, preferring my gumboots to high heels, and feel very lucky to have lived in my little house on 2 acres for the past twenty years. I have two sons in their 20's, a very supportive husband, and two loyal canine companions.



I tried my hand at many different jobs when I was younger, everything from operating a front-end loader, to bartending, to working on a dude ranch, to operating a bookmobile. Eventually I ended up going to art school for three years. I now work part-time in the art department at a local private boarding school. I love it. I get to be messy, creative, and hang around amazing teenagers from all over the world on a daily basis. Not only am I grateful that I have the opportunity to assist young evolving artists on their creative journeys, but the students also educate me about what music is cool and which of my outfits are not! (Eavesdropping on their conversations also provides great inspiration for my writing!)

I’ve written ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. When I was nine or ten years old, I used to hide away in a corner for hours with the family’s old Underwood typewriter, and write very bad horse stories while in my pajamas. I was a voracious reader, and trips to the library were not only good for my brain, but good for my biceps as well, as I regularly checked out as many books as I was allowed carry out.

I also like to paint - acrylic and gouache being my favourite mediums, and have work hanging here and there around the Cowichan Valley. I have a bit of a thing for colour and humour, and hopefully these elements are reflected in my artwork.

I am currently on the home stretch of writing the sequel to “Hannah & the Spindle Whorl,” and have book #3 in the series cooking nicely on the back burner.

(P.S. I still like writing in my pajamas!)

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Guy T. Simpson, Jr. is the author and illustrator of the Brotherhood of Olympus series. He is an award winning artist, possessing a graduate degree in education from The Evergreen State College. He has worked as a middle school science and leadership teacher in rural Washington State, as well as a plethora of other jobs throughout his long and distinguished career.

He is a fourth generation, Grays Harbor native, who took to writing and nearly all things creative at an early age. His first book, The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game, was published in September 2012 by Mythic Publishing. 

He still resides in Washington State with his lovely wife, three exceptionally tall and brilliant college-student children who refuse to move out and live on their own, and a number of dogs and cats. Guy enjoys interacting with readers of the paranormal, and dark fantasy genres, his fans, and people in general through his social media sites. He is currently at work on the next book in ongoing saga, the Brotherhood of Olympus and the Tower of Dreams.

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C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently resides in Eugene, OR and enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance.

Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less (this is now debatable) traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.

C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world.

Ms. Stunich can be reached via e-mail or by post and loves to hear from her readers. Ms. Stunich also wrote this biography and has no idea why she decided to refer to herself in the third person.

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Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings, most recently a series about a teenage con artist with trust issues. Mary Elizabeth has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is "you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce." She lives in Portland Oregon with her partner, their daughter, and their evil overlor—er, cat. She's a valiant defender of the serial comma, and the only thing she loves more than pie is more pie.

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Hi!  I'm Laini Taylor.
I am a writer-artist-daydreamer-nerd-person,
and simultaneously a mom-wife-sister-daughter-person.
I can do a lot of things at once, like for example: I can sleep and dream and also lie very still, all while also breathing and ever-so-slowly growing ten distinct toenails.

I write books for youngish people, 
but they can also be read and enjoyed by oldish people, aka grown-ups. You know grown-ups? They tend to be a little bigger and hairier than kids. But not always.  

I live in Portland, Oregon, USA
with my husband Jim Di Bartolo, who is an amazing illustrator and who I'm
always begging to draw me things,
and with our wee droll genius, Clementine Pie.

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Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. So she was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle. She is the author of Between and Hell Transporter

A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay, not the haggis.

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April Genevieve Tucholke is a writer who digs classic movies, red-headed villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She and her husband Nate Pedersen live in Oregon at the edge of the forest. She is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Between the Spark and Burn.

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Jen Violi is the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People. She leads workshops, wrangles manuscripts, and helps writers bring forth the books they were meant to write. Although Jen was born in Pennsylvania, she’s always had a little west coast in her soul, now content amidst the green and caffeine of Portland, OR. One of her superpowers is making dipping sauces.

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Conrad Wesselhoeft worked as a tugboat hand in Singapore and Peace Corps Volunteer in Polynesia before embarking on a career in journalism. He has served on the editorial staffs of five newspapers, including The New York Times. He lives with his three children and a big, grinning poodle named Django, in West Seattle. He is the Author of Adios, Nirvana and Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly. 




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Carly Anne West has written The Murmurings and The Bargaining. She writes mostly YA with some literary short fiction sprinkled in here and there.



She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, melting shoes on the summer asphalt and swallowing buckets of chlorinated water from long months spent in various pools. She called Nashville, TN and Oakland, CA home before relocating to Seattle, WA, where she currently resides with her family.



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Laura Whitcomb is the author of the supernatural YA novels A Certain Slant of Light (a Discover Great New Authors pick at Barnes and Nobel) and its companion novel Under the Light as well as The Fetch (in the Top Ten YA books of 2009 by the Indy Next List.) She has also written two books on the craft of writing, Novel Shortcuts and Your First Novel which she co-authored with her literary agent, Ann Rittenberg. Laura’s fiction has been published in nine foreign languages, produced as audio books, and Slant is optioned for film by Summit Entertainment, the producers of the Twilight movies. Laura grew up in a mildly haunted house, which may be partly to blame for the fact that she continues to write about the paranormal. She got her English degree from California State University at Northridge and taught Language Arts in California and Hawaii. She has won three Kay Snow writing awards and once was runner-up in the Bulwer-Lytton contest for the Best First Sentence of the Worst Science Fiction Novel Never Written. To keep her life interesting she works with the Portland Christmas Revels and sings madrigals with the Sherwood Renaissance Singers at Renaissance faires in Oregon and Washington. She lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with her son, Robinson.

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Jill Williamson is a dreamer, believer, and author of all things weird. She won two Christy Awards for her Blood of Kings trilogy and recently released Replication, a science fiction teen novel from Zondervan. Jill lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.


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Cat Winters's debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds—a ghost tale set during the World War I era—is coming April 2, 2013, fromAmulet Books/ABRAMS. She recently launched Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks with other novelists of YA and middle-grade historical fiction, and she formerly ran a popular paranormal/horror website for authors and filmmakers.

She was born and raised in Southern California and received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine. Nowadays, she lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

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Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at Ricks College, (now BYU Idaho), after he dropped her on her head. She graduated from Ricks and then Brigham Young University, Provo with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she lives in beautiful, green, (rainy) Lacey, Washington with her husband and four kids. She loves to produce videos, ski, ride horses, and read, but really all she has time for is chasing kids and writing.

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  1. Hi, what a great site! Nice to see some friends here. Please count me, in! Katherine Kirkpatrick, Seattle http://katherinekirkpatrick.wordpress.com and http://www.katherinekirkpatrick.com/index.html

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