Our Authors

Salima Alikhan

SALIMA ALIKHAN

Salima is half German and half Indian, and grew up reading German fairytales as well as Indian folklore. Growing up, she wrote and illustrated stories that often featured hilarious combinations of both. Salima has been lucky enough to write and illustrate children’s books for fifteen years now. She attended Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA from their Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Now Salima teaches English and creative writing in Austin, Texas, where she still gets to dream up the words and pictures for stories. Her books and art can be found at www.salimaalikhan.net.  

Salima is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Salima is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: When she was little, Salima dreamed of piloting an airship around the world that would scoop up misfits, like herself, and fly them off to someplace remote and magical. Back then, she could think of no better place than an enchanted, snowy woods at night.

SALIMA ALIKHAN

Salima is half German and half Indian, and grew up reading German fairytales as well as Indian folklore. Growing up, she wrote and illustrated stories that often featured hilarious combinations of both. Salima has been lucky enough to write and illustrate children’s books for fifteen years now. She attended Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA from their Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Now Salima teaches English and creative writing in Austin, Texas, where she still gets to dream up the words and pictures for stories. Her books and art can be found at www.salimaalikhan.net. Salima is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: When she was little, Salima dreamed of piloting an airship around the world that would scoop up misfits, like herself, and fly them off to someplace remote and magical. Back then, she could think of no better place than an enchanted, snowy woods at night.

LYNN BECKER


Lynn has been a reader and creator all her life. These days, when she’s not dreaming up picture books, she’s hiking, doing crazy-long yoga classes, and writing children’s book reviews for Shelf Awareness online magazines. As a member of the advisory board for SCBWI Central/Coastal California region, Lynn runs a monthly online Children’s Book Talk. She has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, has worked in animation for both film and television, and has produced a number of award-winning animated films of her own. After growing up in New York City, Lynn now lives in the Southern California desert. She has one husband, two children, two cats, and eighteen chickens. Lynn is repped by Lori Steel.

Fun Fact: Lynn often revises her “List of Ten Books to Have on Hand When Marooned on a Desert Island,” but it always includes I Capture the Castle, Jane Eyre, Lord of the Rings, The Scorpio Races, and her Junior Illustrated Library edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Lynn Becker

LYNN BECKER

Lynn has been a reader and creator all her life. These days, when she’s not dreaming up picture books, she’s hiking, doing crazy-long yoga classes, and writing children’s book reviews for Shelf Awareness online magazines. As a member of the advisory board for SCBWI Central/Coastal California region, Lynn runs a monthly online Children’s Book Talk. She has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, has worked in animation for both film and television, and has produced a number of award-winning animated films of her own. After growing up in New York City, Lynn now lives in the Southern California desert. She has one husband, two children, two cats, and eighteen chickens. Lynn is repped by Lori Steel.

Fun Fact: Lynn often revises her “List of Ten Books to Have on Hand When Marooned on a Desert Island,” but it always includes I Capture the Castle, Jane Eyre, Lord of the Rings, The Scorpio Races, and her Junior Illustrated Library edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Janis Campbell

JANIS CAMPBELL

Janis Campbell launched her writing career in Bonnie Brown’s journalism class at Battle Creek Central High School in the early 1980’s. Mrs. Brown was her all–time favorite teacher, and had she taught shop class, Janis says she would no doubt be designing furniture today. After high school, Janis earned a journalism degree from Michigan State University and went on to work at Longevity magazine in New York City, the Syracuse Herald-Journal and the Detroit Free Press. Janis is the co-author of a dozen books, all but one of of them written in collaboration with her dear friend and long-time writing partner Cathy Collison. Janis lives in beautiful northern Michigan with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Hamilton. They have two grown sons, one lives on the West Coast and the other is on the East Coast, so they have fun places to visit. Janis is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: At 50, Janis decided to be more adventurous. She had always wanted to dance so she signed up for ballet, jazz and tap lessons. She says she’s not very sporty so it was a big, scary deal. She even performed in two recitals. Cranky feet and a broken wrist have caused her to be a dance dropout this year but she hopes to tap again.

JANIS CAMPBELL

Janis Campbell launched her writing career in Bonnie Brown’s journalism class at Battle Creek Central High School in the early 1980’s. Mrs. Brown was her all–time favorite teacher, and had she taught shop class, Janis says she would no doubt be designing furniture today. After high school, Janis earned a journalism degree from Michigan State University and went on to work at Longevity magazine in New York City, the Syracuse Herald-Journal and the Detroit Free Press. Janis is the co-author of a dozen books, all but one of of them written in collaboration with her dear friend and long-time writing partner Cathy Collison. Janis lives in beautiful northern Michigan with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Hamilton. They have two grown sons, one lives on the West Coast and the other is on the East Coast, so they have fun places to visit. Janis is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: At 50, Janis decided to be more adventurous. She had always wanted to dance so she signed up for ballet, jazz and tap lessons. She says she’s not very sporty so it was a big, scary deal. She even performed in two recitals. Cranky feet and a broken wrist have caused her to be a dance dropout this year but she hopes to tap again.

KAELYN CHRISTIAN

Kaelyn is a young adult author and children's librarian living in West Michigan. Growing up, Kaelyn moved all over the country with her parents. By the time she started 6th grade, she had lived in 11 different cities! Telling stories was something she could do anywhere and everywhere, especially if she hadn't yet made new friends in her new town. Telling stories very quickly turned into writing books. Besides writing books, Kaelyn loves to spend time on the water (especially Lake Michigan), travel, bake, and play with her two dogs, Oswin and Emily. Kaelyn is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Quote: “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.” – Doctor Who

Kaelyn Christian

KAELYN CHRISTIAN

Kaelyn is a young adult author and children’s librarian living in West Michigan.
Growing up, Kaelyn moved all over the country with her parents. By the time she started 6th grade, she had lived in 11 different cities! Telling stories was something she could do anywhere and everywhere, especially if she hadn’t yet made new friends in her new town. Telling stories very quickly turned into writing books.
Besides writing books, Kaelyn loves to spend time on the water (especially Lake Michigan), travel, bake, and play with her two dogs, Oswin and Emily. Kaelyn is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Quote: “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.” – Doctor Who

Tzipora Cohen

TZIPORAH COHEN

Tziporah (Tzippy) Cohen was born and raised in New York, spent eighteen years in Boston after college, and then landed in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two cats, and one dog.
She studied French and Theater Arts at Cornell University, where she was one of a handful of Chimesmasters who performed chimes concerts in the campus bell tower three times a day. Although she was sure she was going to be a veterinarian from the time she could talk, she decided people weren’t so bad and ended up going to medical school. About ten years after getting an MD from Harvard Medical School, she started writing picture books, and went on to get an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Tziporah splits her time between working as a psychiatrist in oncology/palliative care and writing, interspersed with mom duties and dog walking.
She and her family are passionate Settlers of Catan players. Over the past few years, Tziporah has become obsessed with indoor rock climbing, and hopes soon to have the courage to try it outdoors on actual rocks.
Her debut novel, NO VACANCY, for middle grade readers, will be published in August 2020 by Groundwood Books. Tziporah is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Favorite Quote: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer

TZIPORAH COHEN

Tziporah (Tzippy) Cohen was born and raised in New York, spent eighteen years in Boston after college, and then landed in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two cats, and one dog. She studied French and Theater Arts at Cornell University, where she was one of a handful of Chimesmasters who performed chimes concerts in the campus bell tower three times a day. Although she was sure she was going to be a veterinarian from the time she could talk, she decided people weren’t so bad and ended up going to medical school. About ten years after getting an MD from Harvard Medical School, she started writing picture books, and went on to get an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Tziporah splits her time between working as a psychiatrist in oncology/palliative care and writing, interspersed with mom duties and dog walking. She and her family are passionate Settlers of Catan players. Over the past few years, Tziporah has become obsessed with indoor rock climbing, and hopes soon to have the courage to try it outdoors on actual rocks. Her debut novel, NO VACANCY, for middle grade readers, will be published in August 2020 by Groundwood Books. Tziporah is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Favorite Quote: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer

CATHY COLLISON

Cathy grew up in a reading family with bookshelves overflowing with everything from Jane Austen to E. B. White, along with plenty of newspapers and magazines. She got hooked on journalism when as a Girl Scout, she had an assignment for the elementary school newspaper, and there was no turning back.
Being a reporter and editor seemed a perfect fit for her natural curiosity and love of reading and writing, eventually landing her at the Detroit Free Press after starting at the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. While there, she was excited to launch a news magazine for young readers. In the meantime, she and her husband raised their own two young readers, now young adults. Since leaving the Free Press, Cathy continues to write for young readers, and, of course, read! She is in two book clubs, and when not reading and writing, you can find her volunteering at the local zoo! Cathy is the author of a dozen books, all but one co-authored with good friend and writing partner, Janis. Cathy is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: When Michigan was getting film credits, Cathy added to her freelance income by being an extra in TV or movies, including “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”!

Cathy Collison

CATHY COLLISON

Cathy grew up in a reading family with bookshelves overflowing with everything from Jane Austen to E. B. White, along with plenty of newspapers and magazines. She got hooked on journalism when as a Girl Scout, she had an assignment for the elementary school newspaper, and there was no turning back.
Being a reporter and editor seemed a perfect fit for her natural curiosity and love of reading and writing, eventually landing her at the Detroit Free Press after starting at the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. While there, she was excited to launch a news magazine for young readers. In the meantime, she and her husband raised their own two young readers, now young adults. Since leaving the Free Press, Cathy continues to write for young readers, and, of course, read! She is in two book clubs, and when not reading and writing, you can find her volunteering at the local zoo! Cathy is the author of a dozen books, all but one co-authored with good friend and writing partner, Janis. Cathy is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: When Michigan was getting film credits, Cathy added to her freelance income by being an extra in TV or movies, including “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”!

Isabella Connor

ISABELLA CONNOR

Isabella is a passionate writer and public historian. She received her BA in English from Merrimack College, and has professionally worked on both freelance and personal writing projects. She writes fiction and non-fiction, primarily (but not solely) focused on New England history. She is a novice sewer, fashion history enthusiast, loves baking, and can often be spotted talking to animals or frolicking in the woods. Isabella is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: Did you know there’s more than one “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery” with major literary significance?
The other Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts is home to many of New England’s most well known writers, and it’s also one of Isabella’s favorite places to visit!

ISABELLA CONNOR

Isabella is a passionate writer and public historian. She received her BA in English from Merrimack College, and has professionally worked on both freelance and personal writing projects. She writes fiction and non-fiction, primarily (but not solely) focused on New England history. She is a novice sewer, fashion history enthusiast, loves baking, and can often be spotted talking to animals or frolicking in the woods. Isabella is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: Did you know there’s more than one “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery” with major literary significance?
The other Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts is home to many of New England’s most well known writers, and it’s also one of Isabella’s favorite places to visit!

ART COULSON

Art Coulson is Cherokee from Oklahoma and comes from a family of storytellers. Some of his earliest memories are of listening to stories and reading books on his grandmother’s lap. He has been a writer his whole life and published his first two books when he was in elementary school (he was a self-publishing early adopter). Art served as the first executive director of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma after an award-winning 25-year career in journalism. Art is the author of The Creator’s Game (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013), Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Beat Army (Capstone, 2018) and The Reluctant Storyteller (Benchmark, 2019). His short stories will appear in upcoming anthologies from Benchmark and Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins. Before writing children’s books, Art was a writer at magazines and newspapers all over the United States. Art lives in Minneapolis with his family, but still plays traditional Cherokee stickball, an original version of lacrosse, when he is visiting friends and relatives in the Cherokee Nation several times a year. Art is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: A Navy brat, Art traveled the world, attending 14 schools on three continents before graduating high school.

Art Coulson

ART COULSON

Art Coulson is Cherokee from Oklahoma and comes from a family of storytellers. Some of his earliest memories are of listening to stories and reading books on his grandmother’s lap. He has been a writer his whole life and published his first two books when he was in elementary school (he was a self-publishing early adopter). Art served as the first executive director of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma after an award-winning 25-year career in journalism.
Art is the author of The Creator’s Game (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013), Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Beat Army (Capstone, 2018) and The Reluctant Storyteller (Benchmark, 2019). His short stories will appear in upcoming anthologies from Benchmark and Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Before writing children’s books, Art was a writer at magazines and newspapers all over the United States. Art lives in Minneapolis with his family, but still plays traditional Cherokee stickball, an original version of lacrosse, when he is visiting friends and relatives in the Cherokee Nation several times a year. Art is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: A Navy brat, Art traveled the world, attending 14 schools on three continents before graduating high school.

Sharon Darrow

SHARON DARROW

Sharon Darrow is the award-winning author of Picture Books (Old Thunder and Miss Raney; Yafi’s Family; Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein) and Young Adult novels (The Painters of Lexieville and TRASH). Her poetry for young people and her poems, short stories, interviews, and personal essays for adults have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her most recent works are Worlds within Words: Writing and the Writing Life and her first poetry collection for adults, Now in a Far Sky. Sharon is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Favorite Quote: “Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.” Robert Collier

SHARON DARROW

Sharon Darrow is the award-winning author of Picture Books (Old Thunder and Miss Raney; Yafi’s Family; Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein) and Young Adult novels (The Painters of Lexieville and TRASH). Her poetry for young people and her poems, short stories, interviews, and personal essays for adults have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her most recent works are Worlds within Words: Writing and the Writing Life and her first poetry collection for adults, Now in a Far Sky. Sharon is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Favorite Quote: “Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.”

Robert Collier

JACQUES DENAULT

Jacques has a BA in English from Merrimack College, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Emerson College. He is a dedicated writer, lover of history, cooking, nature, chocolate, and all things New England. He has one cat named Berlin who is a polydactyl, meaning he has more claws than normal, which only adds to how cute he is. Jacques is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie “Hubie Halloween” was filmed in Jacques’ home state of Massachusetts. He and Isabella Connor were even extras in the film! 

Jacques Denault

JACQUES DENAULT

Jacques has a BA in English from Merrimack College, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Emerson College. He is a dedicated writer, lover of history, cooking, nature, chocolate, and all things New England. He has one cat named Berlin who is a polydactyl, meaning he has more claws than normal, which only adds to how cute he is. Jacques is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie “Hubie Halloween” was filmed in Jacques’ home state of Massachusetts. He and Isabella Connor were even extras in the film! 

Anna Drury

ANNA DRURY

Anna Drury is an all-around book geek. She believes that stories– written, oral, visual, musical, etc.– are what make us human. When she’s not bookishly involved with reading, writing, or working as a high-school librarian, Anna’s other interests include travel, listening to all kinds of music, cooking for friends and family, hexing the patriarchy, and defending the Oxford Comma. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as an MEd in Library Media Studies from Salem State University. She lives in Central Massachusetts. Anna is repped by Lori Steel.

Favorite Quote: “I am large, I contain multitudes.” -Walt Whitman

ANNA DRURY

Anna Drury is an all-around book geek. She believes that stories-- written, oral, visual, musical, etc.-- are what make us human. When she's not bookishly involved with reading, writing, or working as a high-school librarian, Anna's other interests include travel, listening to all kinds of music, cooking for friends and family, hexing the patriarchy, and defending the Oxford Comma. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as an MEd in Library Media Studies from Salem State University. She lives in Central Massachusetts. Anna is repped by Lori Steel.

Favorite Quote: “I am large, I contain multitudes.” -Walt Whitman

TIFFANY ELMER

Tiffany Elmer is an enrolled tribal member of Muscogee Nation living outside of Houston, Texas as a science teacher. When she isn’t grading papers she can be found spending Quality Time Not Talking to her husband while she writes. Some of her favorite things include Star Wars, Renaissance Festivals, random science trivia, and touring Texas for the best beer and queso. She and her husband are owned by two rescue dogs and cats in a house covered with fur. Tiffany is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: “The Last Jedi grossed $620 million in the United States. Tiffany contributed a solid portion from seeing it 8 times in theaters. She’ll fight anyone that it’s the best film in the franchise.”

Tiffany Elmerr

TIFFANY ELMER

Tiffany Elmer is an enrolled tribal member of Muscogee Nation living outside of Houston, Texas as a science teacher. When she isn’t grading papers she can be found spending Quality Time Not Talking to her husband while she writes. Some of her favorite things include Star Wars, Renaissance Festivals, random science trivia, and touring Texas for the best beer and queso. She and her husband are owned by two rescue dogs and cats in a house covered with fur. Tiffany is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: “The Last Jedi grossed $620 million in the United States. Tiffany contributed a solid portion from seeing it 8 times in theaters. She’ll fight anyone that it’s the best film in the franchise.”

P. J. Hoover

P.J. HOOVER

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own. She’s the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who’s stuck in middle school. When not writing, P. J. spends time practicing kung fu, fixing things around the house, and solving Rubik’s cubes. Tricia is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: She can solve a Rubik’s Cube with her eyes closed.

P.J. HOOVER

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn't work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own. She's the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who's stuck in middle school. When not writing, P. J. spends time practicing kung fu, fixing things around the house, and solving Rubik's cubes. Tricia is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: She can solve a Rubik’s Cube with her eyes closed.

SARA INGLE

After earning a BA in music from Fordham University in New York, Sara moved to Boston in 2012. Having written all her life, she decided to take her writing seriously and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from VCFA in 2016. Sara still lives in Boston with her two cats and her best friend and while she doesn’t do much with her music degree, you can still find her playing cello. She runs a yarn and bead store in Boston’s SoWa district where she spends her days knitting and rearranging piles of yarn. When she’s not knitting, Sara writes books for young adults and the occasional romance. She loves ghosts, romance, and serial killers and is usually in the middle of the podcast about one of the three. Sara is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: I host a Lord of the Rings (extended editions) re-watch every year with themed drinks and snacks.  

Sara Ingle

SARA INGLE

After earning a BA in music from Fordham University in New York, Sara moved to Boston in 2012. Having written all her life, she decided to take her writing seriously and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from VCFA in 2016.

Sara still lives in Boston with her two cats and her best friend and while she doesn’t do much with her music degree, you can still find her playing cello. She runs a yarn and bead store in Boston’s SoWa district where she spends her days knitting and rearranging piles of yarn. When she’s not knitting, Sara writes books for young adults and the occasional romance. She loves ghosts, romance, and serial killers and is usually in the middle of the podcast about one of the three. Sara is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: I host a Lord of the Rings (extended editions) re-watch every year with themed drinks and snacks.  

Lindsey McDivitt

LINDSEY MCDIVITT

Lindsey McDivitt began life in South Africa and an early move to Minnesota did not result in a passion for winter sports. However, her happy place is the Minnesota State Fair in August. After many years in healthcare, working with survivors of stroke, Lindsey writes fiction and non-fiction picture books. (She is still searching for a way to insert her childhood research on Puritan names such as Pete and RePete (twins), Tenacious, and Dust.) Lindsey loves writing about people’s late life accomplishments and she believes we all need positive realistic images of aging, even as children. Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story was published in 2018 and Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story comes out in July 2020. She is repped by Kelly Dycksterhouse.

Fun Fact: I’m generally easygoing, but three things make me cranky! Ageist jokes, no milk for my tea, and neglected young trees in the city.

LINDSEY MCDIVITT

Lindsey McDivitt began life in South Africa and an early move to Minnesota did not result in a passion for winter sports. However, her happy place is the Minnesota State Fair in August. After many years in healthcare, working with survivors of stroke, Lindsey writes fiction and non-fiction picture books. (She is still searching for a way to insert her childhood research on Puritan names such as Pete and RePete (twins), Tenacious, and Dust.) Lindsey loves writing about people’s late life accomplishments and she believes we all need positive realistic images of aging, even as children. Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story was published in 2018 and Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story comes out in July 2020. She is repped by Kelly Dycksterhouse.

Fun Fact: I’m generally easygoing, but three things make me cranky! Ageist jokes, no milk for my tea, and neglected young trees in the city.

CALLIE C. MILLER

Callie is a freelance writer and the script coordinator on an upcoming preschool action/adventure show for Netflix. She is a lifelong purveyor of words and investigator of curiosities, who snuck writing time when she was supposed to be asleep and reading time when she was supposed to be awake. Bored by the real world, she focuses on genre fiction, delights in the quirky, and is a sucker for black sheep stories. Callie received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has twice placed in the Katherine Paterson Prize competition for her middle-grade science fiction and fantasy works. Her live-action pilot NOTTINGHAM, a science-fiction retelling of Robin Hood, was a finalist in the Tracking Board’s 2018 Launchpad Pilots competition. Callie is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse.

Fun Fact: Callie wrote a Star Wars fan-fiction novel when she was thirteen, and loves high fives and toast.

Callie C. Miller

CALLIE C. MILLER

Callie is a freelance writer and the script coordinator on an upcoming preschool action/adventure show for Netflix. She is a lifelong purveyor of words and investigator of curiosities, who snuck writing time when she was supposed to be asleep and reading time when she was supposed to be awake. Bored by the real world, she focuses on genre fiction, delights in the quirky, and is a sucker for black sheep stories. Callie received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has twice placed in the Katherine Paterson Prize competition for her middle-grade science fiction and fantasy works. Her live-action pilot NOTTINGHAM, a science-fiction retelling of Robin Hood, was a finalist in the Tracking Board’s 2018 Launchpad Pilots competition. Callie is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse.

Fun Fact: Callie wrote a Star Wars fan-fiction novel when she was thirteen, and loves high fives and toast.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann

LYN MILLER-LACHMANN

Lyn Miller-Lachmann grew up in Houston, Texas, but calls New York City home. She has lived in many other places and traveled widely, along the way picking up several new languages and translating children’s books from Portuguese and Spanish to English. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A former social studies teacher, she writes historical fiction and is the author of the award-winning YA novel Gringolandia, the story of a teenage refugee from the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Her other books include Gringolandia’s companion, Surviving Santiago; the pioneering own voices MG novel Rogue; a forthcoming MG verse novel co-authored with Zetta Elliott, MOONWALKING (FSG, 2021) set in Brooklyn in 1982; and a forthcoming YA novel set in the 1960s. Lyn is active in PEN America and is the co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee. She is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: Lyn has built a giant Lego town called Little Brick Township, with buildings that she designed and constructed along with Lego’s modular sets. One of her original buildings is a model of the radio station featured in Surviving Santiago.

LYN MILLER-LACHMANN

Lyn Miller-Lachmann grew up in Houston, Texas, but calls New York City home. She has lived in many other places and traveled widely, along the way picking up several new languages and translating children’s books from Portuguese and Spanish to English. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A former social studies teacher, she writes historical fiction and is the author of the award-winning YA novel Gringolandia, the story of a teenage refugee from the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Her other books include Gringolandia’s companion, Surviving Santiago; the pioneering own voices MG novel Rogue; a forthcoming MG verse novel co-authored with Zetta Elliott, MOONWALKING (FSG, 2021) set in Brooklyn in 1982; and a forthcoming YA novel set in the 1960s. Lyn is active in PEN America and is the co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee. She is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: Lyn has built a giant Lego town called Little Brick Township, with buildings that she designed and constructed along with Lego’s modular sets. One of her original buildings is a model of the radio station featured in Surviving Santiago.

ELLEN MULHOLLAND

Ellen Plotkin Mulholland grew up in Southern California on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. She countered that world with fiction, spending hours at the local library reading hundreds of books and imagining life as Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennett, and Mick Kelly. As a teen, Ellen daydreamed about the mysterious universe and all its complexities. Books kept her sane, and she hoped one day to write stories and create characters that would help other young people make sense of their worlds--or invent enchanted creatures to keep them company. After earning her degree in journalism and English Literature at the University of Southern California, Ellen moved to London for two years then settled in Northern California to raise a family. More than reading and writing, she loves to bake and is certain Meyer lemons can turn any recipe into a magical delight. For more about Ellen and her stories please check out her website. Ellen is repped by Kortney Price.

Favorite Quote: “Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which one fits me and is most becoming?” – Sylvia Plath

Ellen Mulholland

ELLEN MULHOLLAND

Ellen Plotkin Mulholland grew up in Southern California on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. She countered that world with fiction, spending hours at the local library reading hundreds of books and imagining life as Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennett, and Mick Kelly. As a teen, Ellen daydreamed about the mysterious universe and all its complexities. Books kept her sane, and she hoped one day to write stories and create characters that would help other young people make sense of their worlds–or invent enchanted creatures to keep them company. After earning her degree in journalism and English Literature at the University of Southern California, Ellen moved to London for two years then settled in Northern California to raise a family. More than reading and writing, she loves to bake and is certain Meyer lemons can turn any recipe into a magical delight. For more about Ellen and her stories please check out her website.
Ellen is repped by Kortney Price.

Favorite Quote: “Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which one fits me and is most becoming?” – Sylvia Plath

Margaret Nevinski

MARGARET NEVINSKI

Margaret Nevinski writes middle-grade fiction because she remembers the thrill of riding her bike with no hands. She has been a librarian and a bookseller, and now teaches workshops for young writers, who inspire her to do her best work. Margaret earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has published books for the school market as well as short stories in Soundings Review and Hunger Mountain, and her middle-grade manuscript, Zach Hammerkop and the Summer of Doom, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.

In addition to teaching English in Poland, Margaret walked across England where she fell in love with Shakespeare and discovered she couldn’t read a map. Somehow she made it back to the United States, where she now does urban walks in search of the perfect cup of coffee. After growing up in the Midwest, Margaret headed west until she hit water and boarded a ferry. She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and their tuxedo cat, Scout. Margaret is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Quote: Margaret identifies with the words of Colum McCann: “I love the fact that our stories can cross all sorts of borders and boundaries.” She believes in crossing boundaries, and in the power of stories to change the world.

MARGARET NEVINSKI

Margaret Nevinski writes middle-grade fiction because she remembers the thrill of riding her bike with no hands. She has been a librarian and a bookseller, and now teaches workshops for young writers. Margaret earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has published books for the school market as well as short stories in Soundings Review and Hunger Mountain. Her middle-grade manuscript, Zach Hammerkop and the Summer of Doom, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. After growing up in the Midwest, Margaret headed west until she hit water and boarded a ferry. She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and their tuxedo cat, Scout. Margaret is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

FUN FACT: In addition to teaching English in Poland, Margaret walked across England where she fell in love with Shakespeare and discovered she couldn’t read a map. Somehow she made it back to the United States, where she now does urban walks in search of the perfect cup of coffee.  

JENA PINCOTT

Jena Pincott is a science writer and the author of eight books, including Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy and Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes: The Science of Love, Sex & Attraction. Her titles have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and Library Journal and have been translated in 18 languages. A writer with a background in biology, she has contributes to Psychology Today, Scientific American, and other publications, and lives in New York City with her two STEM-loving daughters (who sometimes become her guinea pigs). Jena is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: I’m ashamed to say it, but I love the old incandescent bulbs. The century-old type with the curly tungsten filament that generates far more heat than light.  But, oh but that warm glow!  I think of myself as an environmentalist, so now I’ve got Ecobulbs in every fixture, with one exception:  my desk lamp. I need incandescent to write!

Jena Pincott

JENA PINCOTT

Jena Pincott is a science writer and the author of eight books, including Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy and Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes: The Science of Love, Sex & Attraction. Her titles have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and Library Journal and have been translated in 18 languages. A writer with a background in biology, she has contributes to Psychology Today, Scientific American, and other publications, and lives in New York City with her two STEM-loving daughters (who sometimes become her guinea pigs). Jena is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: I’m ashamed to say it, but I love the old incandescent bulbs. The century-old type with the curly tungsten filament that generates far more heat than light.  But, oh but that warm glow!  I think of myself as an environmentalist, so now I’ve got Ecobulbs in every fixture, with one exception:  my desk lamp. I need incandescent to write!

Cat Poland

CAT POLAND

Daughter of an English teacher and an eccentric photographer/inventor/jack-of-all-trades, Cat Poland grew up on the Kansas prairie, a free-range childhood in a home full of books, art supplies, and acres of woods to roam. She’s a freelance writer, raising three children (one of whom is awesomely neurodivergent) with her husband David. She’s a fierce advocate for the marginalized and speaks truth to power especially against spiritual and sexual abuse. She’s absolutely addicted to podcasts, and voraciously consumes topics such as progressive Christian faith, history, and storytelling. Cat is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun fact: Cat has graciously remained married to her husband, even though she discovered after their vows that he eats Kit Kats by biting into the whole bar, instead of breaking it into pieces. That. Is. Just. Not. Right.

CAT POLAND

Daughter of an English teacher and an eccentric photographer/inventor/jack-of-all-trades, Cat Poland grew up on the Kansas prairie, a free-range childhood in a home full of books, art supplies, and acres of woods to roam. She's a freelance writer, raising three children (one of whom is awesomely neurodivergent) with her husband David. She's a fierce advocate for the marginalized and speaks truth to power especially against spiritual and sexual abuse. She's absolutely addicted to podcasts, and voraciously consumes topics such as progressive Christian faith, history, and storytelling. Cat is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun fact: Cat has graciously remained married to her husband, even though she discovered after their vows that he eats Kit Kats by biting into the whole bar, instead of breaking it into pieces. That. Is. Just. Not. Right.

MONICA ROE

Monica grew up in a tiny farming town and spent most of her childhood holed up in a corner of the local library, where she was once almost locked in at closing time (she saw this as a huge win; the librarian disagreed). She could also be found performing poorly in gym class…or roaming the woods, dreaming up stories and pretending that gym class didn’t exist. These days, Monica practices part-time as a remote-site, pediatric physical therapist for several villages in the Alaskan bush, which means she gets to travel on tiny planes over some of the most gorgeous terrain in the world. Even better, she also gets to work with some of the greatest kids in the world. When she’s not working in the bush, Monica and her family spend most of the school year in Anchorage, where they live beside a huge, dark woods full of moose, bears, and endless stories. Summers belong to sunny South Carolina, where she and her family own a small apiary and offer local educational outreach on the importance of honeybees and other pollinators. These days, Monica still loves reading and dreaming up stories more than just about anything else—and sometimes actually does get to spend the night in libraries (strange, but true). Monica is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: Monica was once stung by nine bees at once. This was entirely her own fault.

Monica Roe

MONICA ROE

Monica grew up in a tiny farming town and spent most of her childhood holed up in a corner of the local library, where she was once almost locked in at closing time (she saw this as a huge win; the librarian disagreed). She could also be found performing poorly in gym class…or roaming the woods, dreaming up stories and pretending that gym class didn’t exist.

These days, Monica practices part-time as a remote-site, pediatric physical therapist for several villages in the Alaskan bush, which means she gets to travel on tiny planes over some of the most gorgeous terrain in the world. Even better, she also gets to work with some of the greatest kids in the world. When she’s not working in the bush, Monica and her family spend most of the school year in Anchorage, where they live beside a huge, dark woods full of moose, bears, and endless stories. Summers belong to sunny South Carolina, where she and her family own a small apiary and offer local educational outreach on the importance of honeybees and other pollinators. These days, Monica still loves reading and dreaming up stories more than just about anything else—and sometimes actually does get to spend the night in libraries (strange, but true). Monica is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun Fact: Monica was once stung by nine bees at once. This was entirely her own fault.

Monique Gray Smith

MONIQUE GRAY SMITH

Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom and of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She is an award-winning, and best-selling author of both children’s books and adult novels. Her works include; My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Tilly and the Crazy Eights and the Fall 2020 release of, When We Are Kind. Monique is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and believes love is medicine. She is blessed to live with her family on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ people, also known as Victoria, Canada. Monique is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: We have a cat, Piper and she likes to drink coffee. 

MONIQUE GRAY SMITH

Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom and of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She is an award-winning, and best-selling author of both children’s books and adult novels. Her works include; My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Tilly and the Crazy Eights and the Fall 2020 release of, When We Are Kind. Monique is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and believes love is medicine. She is blessed to live with her family on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ people, also known as Victoria, Canada. Monique is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

Fun fact: We have a cat, Piper and she likes to drink coffee. 

RG STONES


RG Stones writes for children and young adults. She is a volleyball coach and an adjunct professor with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A portion of RG’s heart resides in her home state of Idaho. The rest of her body lives in Arizona, where the sun shines year-round. She and her husband have four bookworms they adore and a family of gophers they don’t adore. She is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: In a summer job throughout her teens and early twenties, RG planted hundreds of thousands of trees in the forests of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

RG Stones

RG STONES

RG Stones writes for children and young adults. She is a volleyball coach and an adjunct professor with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A portion of RG’s heart resides in her home state of Idaho. The rest of her body lives in Arizona, where the sun shines year-round. She and her husband have four bookworms they adore and a family of gophers they don’t adore. She is repped by Kortney Price.

Fun Fact: In a summer job throughout her teens and early twenties, RG planted hundreds of thousands of trees in the forests of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

C. M. Surrisi

C. M. SURRISI

C. M. Surrisi is the author of the Agatha nominated middle grade mystery series The Quinnie Boyd Mysteries: The Maypop Kidnapping, Vampires On the Run, and A Side of Sabotage; and adult short stories: You Know How Actresses Are in Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Theatrical, and The Bequest in Sisters in Crime’s anthology Crimes of the Heartland. Not only does she write for middle grade and adult readers, she’s the author of The Best Mother, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard picture book selection. Surrisi practiced law for many years before pursing an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since her graduation she has taught writing in UNC’s Great Smokies Writing Program as well as many SCBWI and librarian conferences. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, The National League of American Pen Women, and is the current president of the Minnesota chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on five acres in Minnesota with her husband, two loveable and patient Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sunny and Milo, and two incorrigible teenage kittens, Cosmo and Casper. Cynthia is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse.

Fun Fact: In left brain/right brain function tests she scores in the middle. This may explain why she brought giant colorful exhibits to court as a lawyer and wanted to sing and dance her opening statements.

C. M. SURRISI

C. M. Surrisi is the author of the Agatha nominated middle grade mystery series The Quinnie Boyd Mysteries: The Maypop Kidnapping, Vampires On the Run, and A Side of Sabotage; and adult short stories: You Know How Actresses Are in Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Theatrical, and The Bequest in Sisters in Crime’s anthology Crimes of the Heartland. Not only does she write for middle grade and adult readers, she’s the author of The Best Mother, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard picture book selection. Surrisi practiced law for many years before pursing an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since her graduation she has taught writing in UNC’s Great Smokies Writing Program as well as many SCBWI and librarian conferences. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, The National League of American Pen Women, and is the current president of the Minnesota chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on five acres in Minnesota with her husband, two loveable and patient Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sunny and Milo, and two incorrigible teenage kittens, Cosmo and Casper. Cynthia is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse.

Fun Fact: In left brain/right brain function tests she scores in the middle. This may explain why she brought giant colorful exhibits to court as a lawyer and wanted to sing and dance her opening statements.