Thanks to her father's job in the US military, Lenore Appelhans became addicted to travel early. To date, she's visited nearly 60 countries and has stepped on every contintent except Antartica. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and three fancy Birman cats. Her novel, The Memory of After (published as Level 2 in hardcover by Simon & Schuster BFYR) is "immensely layered" (VOYA) and "a gripping debut" (NYT Bestselling Author Megan McCafferty). The second book in The Memory Chronicles, Chasing Before, is due August 27, 2014. She has been blogging about books at Presenting Lenore since 2008.

Peggy Eddleman’s debut, middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS (Random House Children’s Books), comes out in September 2013, with book two releasing in September 2014. You can find Peggy online on Facebook, Twitter, and on her personal blog. Besides writing, she enjoys playing laser tag with her family, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls. She lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah with her husband and their three children.

Bethany Hagen has been a karate instructor, a painter’s model, a chiropractic assistant, a librarian and schoolmarm—though not necessarily in that order. Her debut novel Landry Park—pitched as Gone with the Nuclear Wind—will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers and will be out in Winter of 2014. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as on her personal website. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and children.

Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Regret, and the forthcoming Abandon, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog, Facebook, or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Lydia Kang brought her passion for science and stories together in her debut novel Control (Dial Books/Penguin), which releases December 2013. She is a part-time physician and volunteers her skills to help other writers keep their work medically accurate. You can find her Medical Mondays posts on her blog, and her science-oriented Tumblr blog, Geekery. Find her also on Twitter and Facebook.

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the SKYLARK trilogy, currently lives just outside DC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, is a post-apocalyptic survival tale set in a world where freshwater is almost non-existent, available from Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins September 9, 2013. She blogs at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire and contributes to the group blogs Book Pregnant, Friday the Thirteeners, From the Write Angle, The Class of 2k13 and The Lucky 13s. You can also find her on Twitter, Tumblr & Facebook.

E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York. His young adult science fiction novels, Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, were published by Pyr Books in 2012. You can find him all over the internet, but especially at and on Twitter @ecmyers, as well as blogging about Star Trek at

He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, two doofy cats, and a mild-mannered dog.

Lissa Price’s debut Starters (Random House Children’s Books) is an international bestseller published in over 30 countries, followed by the sequel, Enders. Dean Koontz called it “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story,” and the LA Times said “Dystopian science fiction at its best.” B&N named it as one of four debuts for their Best Books of the Year for Teens 2012. It won the ist Eselsohr award in Germany for the Best YA Book of the Year and in the Netherlands, Best YA thriller.

When Lissa's not writing, she loves snorkeling with wild dolphins and turtles.

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favorite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband.

Beth Revis is the author of the NY Times Bestselling Across the Universe series, published by Razorbill/Penguin in the US andavailable in 17 countries. The first book in the trilogy, Across the Universe, is a “cunningly executed thriller” according to Booklist, and the second book, A Million Suns, was hailed by the LA Times as “a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up.” The final book of the trilogy, Shades of Earth, will be released in early 2013. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog. 

Meagan Spooner is a young adult fantasy and science fiction writer living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her debut novel, SKYLARK, and its sequel SHADOWLARK, are available now from Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Books. She is also the co-author of the young adult science fiction novel THESE BROKEN STARS, available now from Disney-Hyperion. In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

Susanne Winnacker studied law before turning into a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, three bunnies and a dog in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals. Her debut The Other Life, a YA dystopian, is out now! Her new YA thriller, Impostor, comes out May 23, 2013 from Razorbill/Penguin.

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