Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the science fiction duo logy Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her website is MalindaLo.com.
Kate Scelsa studied writing and theater at Sarah Lawrence College. She has performed in New York and on tour around the world with the experimental-theater company Elevator Repair Service in their trilogy of works based on great American literature: The Sound and the Fury, The Sun Also Rises, and Gatz, an eight-hour-long performance that uses the entire text of The Great Gatsby. Scelsa's own writing for theater has been shown at Dixon Place, Galapagos, BAX, and the SoHo Playhouse.
Robin Talley studied literature and communications at American University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife, but visits both Boston and New York regularly despite her moral opposition to Massachusetts winters and Times Square. Her first book was 2014's Lies We Tell Ourselves. Visit her online at robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.
Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), during her senior year of high school. The DUFF was a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, and a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me. She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens. You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website: www.kodykeplinger.com.
Dahlia Adler is an editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a Young Adult author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of several anthologies and the author of many novels, including Cool for the Summer and Home Field Advantage. She lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books.
Natalie C. Parker is the editor of Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite. She is the author and editor of several books for young adults including the acclaimed Seafire trilogy. Her work has been included on the NPR Best Books list, the Indies Next List, and the TAYSHAS Reading List, and in Junior Library Guild selections. Natalie grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives with her wife on the Kansas prairie.
Tess Sharpe is the author of Barbed Wire Heart and the critically acclaimed young-adult novel Far from You. She is also the co-editor, along with Jessica Spotswood, of Toil & Trouble, a feminist young-adult anthology about witches.
Scott Tracey is the author of seven young adult novels. Currently living in Ohio, he makes his living working as an analyst for a financial firm. He loves villains, witches, and sarcasm. His first novel, WITCH EYES, was listed as a YALSA Popular Paperback for 2011, and an Amazon Best of 2011 book in the LGBT category.
Saundra Mitchell has been a phone psychic, a car salesperson, and a denture deliverer. She's dodged trains, endured basic training, and hitchhiked from Montana to California. The author of fifteen books for tweens and teens, Saundra always picks truth; dares are too easy. She lives in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana.