Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher who has been writing full time for the last fifteen years. She's the author of fifteen books for kids and adults, many of which are "hands-on science/history" books including: GREAT ANCIENT EGYPT PROJECTS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF and EXPLORE ELECTRICITY! from Nomad Press. Her debut MG novel, ELISA BING IS (NOT) A BIG FAT QUITTER, will be released in Spring 2014 from Holiday House. She is currently working on a young adult novel and is represented by Marie Lamba of The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. To learn more, check out her website at www.carmellavanvleet.com.
Christina Farley is a writer of young adult and middle grade novels and an experienced teacher. Her debut YA, GILDED, is to be published by Skyscape/Amazon Children's Publishing spring 2014. After teaching in international schools for ten years, she started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. She has led numerous workshops for writers and teachers and is a member of the SCBWI. She lives in Clermont, FL with her boys--one husband and two Jedi warriors. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency LLC. Learn more about Christina by visiting her blog at http://christinafarley.com/blog/ or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes (PB, MG & YA) and illustrates for young people. Her children's book illustration career began at the 2010 SCBWI Summer Conference. I'M BORED, a picture book illustrated by Debbie & written by Michael Ian Black (Simon & Schuster BFYR) was chosen by The New York Times for its Notable Children's Books Of 2012 list. See her list of other upcoming books with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Random House. Repped by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd. Her kidlit/YA blog: Inkygirl.com. More info: DebbieOhi.com or @inkyelbows on Twitter.
Kate Fall writes middle grade and young adult short stories and novels, specializing in speculative genres. She also freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, promotional writer, and manuscript reader. Her editing website is www.fallingforwords.com. She lives in Western NY with her husband, daughter, son, large Newfoundland, and demon kitten. Follow her on Twitter@katefall.
Susan Laidlaw has worked as a counselor in schools and clinical settings around the world. She has published articles on parenting and has led workshops for students, parents, and professional educators on a diverse range of topics. Her first novel, AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE, will be released on Feb. 12, 2013. You can learn more about Susan by visiting her website at www.sjlaidlaw.com.