Lamar Giles writes for teens and adults across multiple genres, with work appearing on numerous 'Best Of' lists every year. He is the author of the acclaimed novels Fake ID, Endangered, Overturned, and Spin, a 2020 Lone Star Reading List selection. Lamar's latest novel, Not So Pure and Simple, a contemporary and eye-opening novel that spotlights societal pressures and confronts toxic masculinity. He is also a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and resides in Virginia with his wife. Lamar is represented by The Booking Biz.
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.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, has been adapted as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder (LOST, VAMPIRE DIARIES). He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens, and middle grade. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, The Punisher: Naked Kills, and Bad Blood. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He lives in Del Mar, California.
Katie Zhao is the author of The Dragon Warrior. She grew up in Michigan, where there was little for her to do besides bury her nose in a good book or a writing journal. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a minor in political science; she also completed her master’s in accounting there. She wrote The Dragon Warrior during her last year of school, in between classes. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, singing, dancing (badly), and checking out new restaurants.
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 over70 diverse, free-verse poems and20 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.
Naomi Hughes is the author of Afterimage and Refraction, young adult sci-fi novels that feature mental health themes such as OCD, panic disorder, and anxiety; her books have earned starred reviews and state honors. Naomi has also been a successful freelance editor for nearly a decade and has also been a four-time mentor for Pitch Wars, the well-known online writing/mentoring contest that teams up experienced authors with aspiring writers to help them hone their stories. Naomi grew up all over the U.S. before finally settling in the Midwest, a place she loves even though it tries to murder her with tornadoes every spring. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband and daughter and geek out over British TV and Marvel superheroes.
Rebecca Balcárcel’s debut novel, The Other Half of Happy, is a Pura Belpré Honor Book and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels of 2019 as well as a Notable Book by American Library Services for Children. Rebecca pets her cat when she is not serving the students of Tarrant County College as Associate Professor English or eating popcorn. She took her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars, and she analyzes literature on her YouTube channel, SixMinuteScholar, for 25,000 subscribers. Her next book features a kid whose Guatemalan dad reveals a secret that changes her life forever.
Samantha Mabry credits her tendency toward magical thinking to her Grandmother Garcia, who would wash money in the kitchen sink to rinse off any bad spirits. She teaches writing and Latino literature at a community college in Dallas, where she lives with her husband, a historian, and a cat named Mouse. She is the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World. Samantha is represented by Algonquin Young Readers.