Emily Arrow

Emily Arrow
Emily Arrow

Emily Arrow is an award-winning singer and songwriter. Her debut album inspired by popular children’s books, Storytime Singalong, Volume 1, is available now on CD and online. CDs will also be available for purchase at the May 14, 2016 event.

Find out more about her work at emilyarrow.com and tweet her @helloemilyarrow.

Emily will appear on the Center Stage at Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Jessica Cluess

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Her debut novel, A Shadow Bright and Burning will be out September 2016 and is available for pre-order now.

Find out more about her work at jessicacluess.com and tweet her @JessCluess.

Jessica will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teen Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Ingrid Sundberg

Ingrid Sundberg
Ingrid Sundberg

Ingrid Sundberg holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University. She has been a freelance story editor, illustrator, and graphic designer for many years. In addition, she has taught college classes, worked on film sets, and been a children’s bookseller.  All We Left Behind  (Simon Pulse, December 2015) is her first novel.

Find out more about her work at ingridsundberg.com and tweet her @ingridsundberg.

Ingrid will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Ann Redisch Stampler

Ann Redisch Stampler
Ann Redisch Stampler

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty (Simon Pulse, December 2014) and Where It Began  (Simon Pulse, March 2012) as well as half a dozen picture books. Her most recent title, How to Disappear  will be released in June 2016 and is available for pre-order now. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.

Find out more about her work at annstampler.com and tweet her @AnnStampler.

Ann will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding
Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A.

Her works include The Reece Malcolm List (Entangled, February 2013), Ink Is Thicker Than Water  (Entangled, December 2013), Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) (Poppy, April 2016), and her most recent, The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) (Poppy, April 2016).

Find out more about her work at theamyspalding.com and tweet her @theames.

Amy will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon
Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and her family immigrated to California in 1980, settling in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She began writing stories before she was officially declared English proficient. She is a student of Chinese brush painting, and her love for the art is reflected in her storytelling.

Her debut, Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia (Greenwillow, 2009) was named one of the top ten fantasy and sci fi novels for youth in 2009 by ALA’s Booklist.  The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her Xia duology, was published by Month9Books in September 2015.

Find out more about her work at cindypon.com and tweet her @cindypon.

Cindy will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil
Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, a writer, and a clown. She is also the author of Get Even (Balzer+Bray, September 2014) as well as Ten (Balzer+Bray, September 2013) which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. In 2013, she released 3:59 (Balzer+Bray), a sci-fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places.

Gretchen’s newest release is Relic (HarperCollins, March 2016), a horror novel about a group of teens who, while exploring an old mine, accidentally unleash a creature who is hunting them down and cannibalizing their bodies. Next up will be I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl  (HarperCollins, October 2016), a YA contemporary novel about a math-minded control freak who loses her boyfriend to the quirky new girl in school and sets out to reinvent herself as a classic manic pixie dream girl in order to win him back.

Find out more about her work at gretchenmcneil.com and tweet her @GretchenMcNeil.

Gretchen will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Nicole Maggi

Nicole Maggi
Nicole Maggi

Nicole Maggi wrote her first story in third grade about a rainbow and a unicorn. After working as an actress in NYC, she now lives in Los Angeles with her family and two oddball cats. Her work includes her debut book, Winter Falls (Medallion Press, December 2014);  In the Mouth of the Wolf  (June 2015);  The Forgetting (Sourcebooks, February 2015) and her latest release, The Blue Woods (January 2016).

Find out more about her work at nicolemaggi.com  and tweet her @nicolemaggi.

Nicole will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

Jessica Love

Jessica Love
Jessica Love

Jessica Love is a high school English teacher who lives in Southern California with her husband, her son, and their two tiny dogs. She’s working on her Master’s Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University, and her big love is contemporary YA romance. Jessica spends all of her free money on concerts, constantly tries to prove that blondes have more fun, and is pretty much always on the internet.

 In Real Life was just released (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, March 2015). Push Girl (St. Martin’s Griffin, June 2014), co-written with Chelsie Hill from Sundance Channel’s reality TV show Push Girls, is also out now.

Find out more about her work at jessicalove.net and tweet her @_JessicaLove.

Jessica will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.

E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras
E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are actually true.

She is the author of the YA contemporary novel, How to Be Brave (St. Martin’s Griffin, November 2015) and the forthcoming The Best Possible Answer (St. Martin’s Griffin, November 2016).

Find out more about her work at ekatwrites.com and tweet her @ekatwrites.

Katherine will appear on the Young Adult Stage at the Tots, Tweens, & Teens Book Festival on May 14, 2016.