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Jody Casella is an author and a former high school English teacher. Her YA novel Thin Space received a starred review from Kirkus and was a finalist on the 2014-15 Florida Teens Read List. She blogs, reviews books, speaks at libraries and schools, and teaches workshops at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. She is... [More]
Marcie Colleen is a former classroom teacher turned children’s author. Her books include The Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (Imprint/Macmillan), Love, Triangle (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins), Penguinaut! (Scholastic) and the forthcoming books, The Bear’s Garden (Imprint/Macmillan) and Survivor Tree (Little, Brown). She is the Education Consultant for Picture Book Month and the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours... [More]
Nicole D. Collier, Ph.D. is a former elementary school teacher turned executive coach. She’s also a non-competitive runner and salsera, and has been known to turn cartwheels from time to time. The Georgia native writes contemporary middle grade fiction. Her debut novel, JUST RIGHT JILLIAN, will be published by Versify in 2021.
Bree Despain is the author of the Dark Divine trilogy, consisting of The Dark Divine, The Lost Saint, and The Savage Grace,  as well as The Shadow Prince and The Eternal Key, the first two volumes of her new teen series, Into The Dark. She rediscovered her childhood love for writing when she took a... [More]
Hadley Douglas is a wine expert and the owner of the Urban Grape, a popular wine store in Boston. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, T.J. Douglas and their two sons.
T.J. Douglas is a wine expert and the owner of the Urban Grape, a popular Boston wine store. He lives with his wife, Hadley, and their two sons in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jen Swann Downey is the author of The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand and The Ninja LIbrarians: Sword in the Stacks (Sourcebooks, 2014 & 2016). Jen is haunted by that post-apocalyptic Twilight Zone episode in which a book-lover finally has the time to read all the books he wants, but then steps on his eyeglasses. She... [More]
Barbara Larmon Failing is the author of the picture book LASSO LOU AND COWBOY MCCOY (Dial Books, 2003). She lives in Oklahoma with her family.
Amy Farrier is an illustrator, writer and lifelong fan of picture books. She has a BA in English from Rice University and works in watercolor and pen and ink, embracing all the beautiful surprises that brings. She lives in Austin, Texas with her young daughter, overgrown garden and spicy cat.
Colleen Frakes grew up on a prison island (really!) then moved to the mainland to attend The Center for Cartoon Studies. She was awarded a 2007 Xeric Grant for her first graphic novel Tragic Relief and in 2009 won an Ignatz Award for her second book, Woman King. She has created comics for Zest Books, Mirage Studios (Tales of... [More]
Angie Frazier is the author of Everlasting and its sequel, The Eternal Sea, as well as her middle grade Suzanna Snow mysteries. She is a writer, mom, freelance editor, a good cook, and a horrible housekeeper. Angie lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband and their two daughters.