MID-CITIES TEEN BOOK FEST • OCTOBER 19, 2019
Ally Condie is the co-author of The Darkdeep, as well as the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and of the middle-grade novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award finalist for best juvenile mystery. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation.
Brendan Reichs is the co-author of The Darkdeep and the six-volume Virals series, as well as the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis, and its sequels Genesis and Chrysalis. He is also a member of the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.
Amber Elby is the author of three novels based on Shakespeare's plays: Cauldron's Bubble, Double Double Toil, and Trouble Fires Burn. She was born in Grand Ledge, Michigan but spent much of her childhood in the United Kingdom. She studied Creative Writing at Michigan State University’s Honors College before earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys watching Shakespearean performances with her husband and two daughters and divides her time between teaching at Austin Community College, traveling, and getting lost in imaginary worlds.
Elizabeth Keenan lives in New York City with her husband and a small colony of well-behaved cats. She has a Ph.D. in punk rock, which is as good/bad/cool as it sounds and resulted in lots of academic publications on punk and indie rock, third-wave feminism, and gender and sexuality, including the most-downloaded article of all time at the journal Women and Music (which is both impressive and brought her zero dollars). Her debut novel, Rebel Girls, was released this year. When she's not writing, she generally spends her time running along the Hudson and helping people navigate the terrifying waters of NYC real estate, because real artists have day jobs.
Gerardo Delgadillo is originally from San Francisco, raised in Mexico, and now lives in the Dallas metropolitan area. He has written twelve novels and countless short stories that gravitate around fifteen-to-seventeen-year-olds, venturing into Mexico, or living in Mexico. He considers his writing contemporary and realistic. Well, as realistic as it can be. Gerardo spends his days writing, either at his day job coding high-tech software or typing YA novels surrounded by lots of caffeine.
Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Serpent King as well as Goodbye Days, and his latest novel, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee. He is the winner of the William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the International Literacy Association Award, and the Westchester Fiction Award. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jeramey Kraatz grew up in Odessa, Texas, studied advertising and English at TCU, and graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University where he studied nonfiction writing. In the past, he has worked as a snow-cone maker, barista, mannequin dresser, and intern in the X-Men Editorial Department at Marvel Comics. When Jeramey is not working on books, he adapts English dub scripts for various anime series, like Seraph of the End and My Hero Academia.
Miracle Austin works in the social work world by day, and in the writer's world at night and weekends. To date, she has created over 70 diverse, free-verse poems and 20 short stories. Horror and suspense are her primary genres of choice, confessing that watching "Squirm," written and directed by Jeff Lieberman, and "Carrie," written by the captivating and brilliant Stephen King, as a pre-teen, ignited her interest in horror and suspense. Miracle Austin resides in Texas with her family.
Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author whose books have been reviewed by The New York Times, featured in The Washington Post, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal, as well as been among the Best Books of the Year for Amazon, Chicago Public Library, NYPL, and several state award lists. He is the author of the critically acclaimed middle-grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (a 2018 Pura Belpre Honor Book), Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, and his newest novel, Each Tiny Spark. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program in Writing and visits schools and colleges around the country. Pablo is proudly bilingual en español y ingles.
Sarah MacTavish is a librarian-author who writes historical fiction for teens. Her first novel, Firebrand, was recently described by Self-Publishing Review as “a moving, expertly written, and entertaining work of young adult fiction.” Its sequel, Paladin, was released in Spring 2019. She also leads two weekly writers’ groups for teens and adults at the library she has called home for the past fifteen years. When Sarah isn’t writing, she’s either gaming, working on the family tree, or reading Star Wars novels.
Sarah Mensinga is an author and illustrator originally from Canada who now lives in Texas with her husband, three kids, and two cats. These days, she is writing novels and picture books, such as her latest works, YA fantasy novel Currently, and picture book, The Box. Sarah has previously worked in the animation industry on titles such as Escape From Planet Earth, Unconditional, and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron.