Nicole J. Persun is an author, writing coach, and horse caretaker. Her epic fantasy novel, Dead of Knight, won a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award in 2013. Her debut women’s fiction novel, The Ingredients of Us, written under the pen name Jennifer Gold, will be released on July 1, 2019; look for her next women’s fiction title in early 2020. Nicole has a master’s degree in creative writing and is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association. When she’s not writing, Nicole can be found spending time with her husband, horses, and two cats. To learn more about her latest work, go to jennifergoldauthor.com.Read More
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The Scent Keeper and The School of Essential Ingredients. She is also the co-author of two non-fiction works: 500 Great Books by Women and Let’s Hear It for the Girls. A founding member of the Seattle7Writers, she currently lives in Port Townsend, WA.Read More
John Lanchester is the author of five novels, The Debt to Pleasure, The Capital, Mr. Philips, Fragrant Harbor, and The Wall, as well as three books of non-fiction, including his memoir Family Romance: A Love Story. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and was awarded the 2008 E.M. Forster Award.Read More
Maureen McQuerry was the McAuliffe Fellow for WA State in 2000. She is a poet, novelist and teacher, and enjoys presenting to students and adults. Maureen works with teachers to tailor workshops to specific writing goals. She is also a frequent presenter at writing conferences. Here latest novel is Between Before and After.Read More
Mary Cronk Farrell is an award-winning author of Children's/YA books and former journalist with a passion for stories about people facing great adversity with courage. Her books have been named Notable Social Studies Book for Young People, SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West, Bank Street College List of Best Children's Books, and NY Public Library Best Books for Teens. Her journalistic work has received numerous awards for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and two Emmy nominations.Read More
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, and Supernatural Society series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.Read More
Sheila Bender is a poet, essayist, memoirist, and sought-after writing teacher. She has published over a dozen books on the craft of writing, as well as the memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, and the poetry collection Behind Us The Way Grows Wider: Collected Poems 1980 - 2013. She’s taught at colleges, universities and community centers as well as presented at national writers’ programs, conferences and festivals, including the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Centrum Writer’s Conference, The Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference and low-residency MFA program, the University of Dayton`s Erma Bombeck Conference, the San Francisco Jack London Writer`s Conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Society of Southwest Authors’ Conference, Field’s End, and Edmond’s Write on the Sound.Read More
Dori Hillestad Butler is a chapter book series and mystery author who is eager to share her love of story with readers of all ages. She’s written magazine stories, educational materials, plays, book reviews, characters for a board game, and by the end of 2019 she will have published 54 books for kids, including 10 that were “ghostwritten.” She’s been nominated for children’s choice awards in 19 different states, her King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book in 2018, and her Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for the best juvenile mystery published in 2010.Read More
Cat Rambo is science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. She was co-editor of Fantasy Magazine from 2007 to 2011, which earned her a 2012 World Fantasy Special Award nomination. Her short stories have appeared in such places as Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine and Tor.com. In 2012, her story "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain" was a Nebula Award finalist. Her first novel, Beasts of Tabat, was published in 2015; the second in that quartet, Beasts of Tabat, was published in 2018. She is also the author of Moving From Idea to Finished Draft.Read More
R. L. Stine has been scaring people all around the world for a lot of years. So far, he has sold over 400-million books and his books have been translated into 35 languages, making him one of the best-selling authors in history.Read More
Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include The Nature of Jade, Stay, The Last Forever, Essential Maps for the Lost, and Honey, Baby Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He’s Gone, The Secrets She Keeps, and her most recent release, What’s Become of Her. Her most recent YA novel, A Heart in a Body in the World, is highly anticipated.Read More
A writer since high school and heavily influenced by William Faulkner, it took Terry Brooks seven years to finish writing The Sword of Shannara, which published in 1977. It became the first work of fiction to ever appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.
He published The Elfstones of Shannara in 1982 and The Wishsong of Shannara in 1985, both bestsellers.
Since that time, he has written numerous novels in the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, including being hand-selected by George Lucas to write the novelization of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Laurie Frankel is the bestselling, award-winning writer of three novels. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, People Magazine, Lit Hub, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. All three of her novels have been optioned for film or TV.Read More
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published five novels: THE MOTEL LIFE (2007), NORTHLINE (2008), LEAN ON PETE (2010), THE FREE (2014), and, most recently, DON’T SKIP OUT ON ME.Read More
Elizabeth Rose Stanton began her picture book writing and illustrating adventure a few years ago, after a brief career as an architect, and long career as a parent and fine artist. Her debut book, Henny, was awarded an American Library Association Booklist star and was named as one of the best books of 2014 for children by The New York Public Library. School Library Journal called her second book, Peddles, “quietly wonderful,” and the illustrations, “a thing of beauty.”Read More
J. Anderson Coats is the author of The Wicked and the Just, one of Kirkus’s Best Teen Books of 2012, a 2013 YALSA Best for Young Adults (BFYA) winner, and a School Library Journal Best Books of 2012 selection. It also won the 2013 Washington State Book Award for Young Adults.
Her newest book is R is for Rebel (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018), a middle-grade novel about coercion and resistance in a reform school in a fictional occupied country. Her short story, “Mother Carey’s Table,” appeared in A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls (Candlewick, 2016).Read More