Caitlin O’Connell is an editor and writer working in New York City. She has a degree in Creative Writing from Ithaca College, with a focus on historical and children’s fiction. She is usually surrounded by books and cats.
Sarah Ockler is the author of the acclaimed novels Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, The Book of Broken Hearts, #scandal, and the forthcoming The Summer of Mermaid Secrets. When she’s not busy making up stories, Sarah blogs, snaps photographs, and embarks on whirlwind adventures with her husband.
When Jean Patrick was in second grade, she had two dreams: to play major league baseball for the Chicago Cubs and to write books for kids. Although she’s still working on the first goal, she has written several books for young people, including The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth. A graduate of Vermont College... [More]
Deesha Philyaw is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (WVU Press 2020). She is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101:Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households after Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series,... [More]
Carrie Pomeroy’s essays and stories have appeared in The Laurel Review, The Silent Film Quarterly, Literary Mama, and CALYX, and in the anthologies The Saint Paul Almanac and Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She also blogs for Home/School/Life magazine. In 2014, she won a grant from the Jerome Foundation to do research at the... [More]
Laurel Randolph has been a food writer for ten years and a cook since she was old enough to properly hold a whisk. She is the bestselling author of The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals. She has written for numerous publications including The Spruce, Paste Magazine, Serious Eats, and Table Matters.
Rinsai Rossetti’s debut novel, The Girl with Borrowed Wings (Dial Books for Young Readers 2012) was named one of Kirkus’s best books of the year. She was born in Thailand, and has lived in Canada, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. She currently lives in France, where she is at work on her next novel.
Jeff Sampson started writing professionally at the tender age of eighteen, working on packaged series fiction—notably, the series Remnants by the great Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant. Several years later, at twenty-two, he had his first book published as part of the Dragonlance series of fantasy novels. He wrote four more novels for that sequence... [More]
Lindsay Schlegel is a freelance editor with experience at a top literary agency, a major publishing house, and a now-defunct chain bookstore. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and German from Boston College. Lindsay lives in New Jersey with her high school sweetheart and their children. She is currently at work on a novel.
Angie Smibert is the author of the MG series, Ghosts of Ordinary Objects, the second installment of which, Lingering Echoes, will be published in the Spring of 2019. She’s also written several YA science fiction novels, including Memento Nora. She’s also written numerous short stories and 20+ science/technology books for kids. Angie teaches professional writing... [More]
Linda Joan Smith is a former magazine editor and the author of several garden books, but her first love has always been children’s literature. At age nine her all-consuming passions were learning to shoot like Annie Oakley, making a perfect cherry pie, fly-fishing with her dad, and getting lost in a book. Only the last... [More]
Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. His writing can be found in Dismantle, an anthology by VONA Voices, a multi-genre writing workshop co-founded by Junot Diaz. Adam lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats.
Sue Soltis’ newest picture book, The Stars Up the Street, will be illustrated by Christine Davenier, and published by Candlewick in 2020. Sue is also the author of the picture book Nothing Like a Puffin, illustrated by Bob Kolar (Candlewick Press, 2011), which was cited as a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title (2012) and selected... [More]
Ruth Spiro is a speaker, writer, and children’s books author—most recently of the Baby Loves Science board book series (Charlesbridge), the 19th book in the series scheduled to publish in Fall of 2021, as well as the picture books Made by Maxine and Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever, which comes out in Spring 2021 (Dial). Her debut,... [More]