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.
Aaron Hartzler has written books, screenplays, and a great number of tweets. His first book, Rapture Practice(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 2013) is a true story about his own life, a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school in Kansas City two weeks before graduation. It was also named to Best Books of 2013 lists by Kirkus, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His latest book is a novel called What We Saw (HarperTeen, September 2015). It’s the story of a girl named Kate whose friend is assaulted by student athletes at a party, and how Kate navigates small town politics to find out what really happened.
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel The Witch Hunter (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 2015).
Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in Southern California with her husband and four sons.
Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof (Candlewick Press, February 2005), The Plain Janes(Minx, May 2007), First Day on Earth (Scholastic Press, November 2011), The Year of the Beasts(Roaring Brook Press, May 2012), Tin Star(Roaring Brook Press, February 2014), Stone in the Sky(Roaring Brook Press, February 2015)and the Eisner nominated Odd Duck(First Second, May 2013). Most recently published isMoving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure(Disney Lucasfilm Press, September 2015). She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books.
Elana K. Arnold writes books for and about children and teens. Her most recent YA novel, Infandous (March 2015, Carolrhoda Books), won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Her middle grade titles include The Question of Miracles (February 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Far from Fair (March 2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)