Meet the Panellists - 2022

Heidi Ayarbe 

Heidi Ayarbe is the author of four published YA novels, including ILA award-winner FREEZE FRAME, and many non-fiction books and articles for the children's market. She recently worked with authors from around the world to publish UNBOUND -- an anthology of YA stories.  She lives in Pereira, Colombia (the heart of Colombia's coffee region) with her husband, daughters, and dogs where she writes, works with local libraries, works as a storyteller, translator, drinks too much coffee, and can't get Cheerios. She misses Cheerios

Gina Blaxill

Gina Blaxill is a Carnegie-nominated YA author. Her latest book is feminist thriller You Can Trust Me, and she is also the author of the Tales At Midnight series of fairytale retellings as well as three other crime-thrillers, two of which have won awards. Before switching careers to focus on writing and editing, Gina's day to day work involved demystifying the world of Higher Education and running workshops on study skills for sixth form students. She lives in Essex with her family and two imperious cats.

Martina Boone

Martina Boone is the award-winning author of the romantic southern gothic Heirs of Watson Island series, starting with COMPULSION from Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse and the Celtic Legends Collection of novels beginning with LAKE OF DESTINY. She is passionate about improving lives through literacy and the love of books, and she runs the Compulsion For Reading program to distribute books to underserved schools and libraries.

She lives with her husband, children, Shetland Sheepdog Phinney, and Zoey the lopsided cat, and she enjoys writing contemporary romantic fiction with a hint of magic set in small towns and hauntingly beautiful places. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate-flavored tea, and anything with Nutella in it.

Tori Bovalino

Tori Bovalino is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now lives in the UK with her very loud cat. Tori is obsessed with scary stories, obscure academic book facts, and chai. She is active on Twitter as @toribov and Instagram as @toribovalino.

Kate Brauning 

Kate Brauning is an author of young adult thrillers with a twist of the unusual, including The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell, How We Fall and the short story “Godzilla Girls.” As a child, she spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. She grew up in the hills of Missouri on twenty acres with a big pear tree, cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and bottle calves. An incurable love for seeing real life through the pages of a book drew her to writing fiction, and at fifteen she decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since.

Currently Kate lives in Austin, Texas, with her family and her Siberian husky, Willow. In her spare time, she travels, works on her baking skills, hunts down new music, and reads just about everything. Kate loves people, dark chocolate, snorkeling, feminism, everything about autumn, bright colors, grassroots social action, red maple trees, superstitions, advocating for human rights, ghost stories, night skies, equality, pie, and talking about books. She’s working hard on her next few novels, and if you see her, say hello, because she’d love to take you out for coffee and ask you what you’re reading.

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Rin Chupeco

Rin Chupeco is a nonbinary Chinese Filipino writer born and raised in the Philippines. They are the author of several speculative young adult series, including The Bone Witch, The Girl from the Well, The Never-Tilting World, and Wicked as You Wish. Formerly a graphic
designer and technical writer, they now write fiction full-time and live with their partner and two children in Manila. Find them at

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke is the author of two best selling psychological thrillers A MOTHER NEVER LIES and EVERY LITTLE SECRET. Sarah's third thriller will be published in November 2022. Sarah writes dark family dramas set in London UK covering topics from adoption and teenage mental health issues to alcoholism and homelessness. As a huge thriller fan, Sarah loves to create flawed characters, unreliable narrators, jaw-dropping twists, and explosive endings.

Sophie Cleverly

Sophie Cleverly was born in Bath in 1989. She studied for a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Writing For Young People. Her book series Scarlet and Ivy and The Violet Veil Mysteries are published by HarperCollins worldwide, as well as being translated into 7 different languages so far.

Emily Colin

Emily Colin’s debut novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick; she followed it up with THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. She co-edited and contributed to the young adult anthologies WICKED SOUTH: SECRETS AND LIES and UNBOUND: STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION, LOVE, AND MONSTERS, which was a SUSPENSE MAGAZINE “Best of” 2021 pick as well as a 2021 Foreword INDIES Award finalist. Emily is also the author of the young adult dystopian-fantasy Seven Sins series. SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS, the first book, was a Foreword INDIES Award finalist, won the YA fiction award of the North Carolina Indie Author Project, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy. The second novel of the series, SIEGE OF THE SEVEN SINS, is a 2021 silver IPPY Award winner and Foreword INDIES finalist. A former Pitch Wars mentor and current KissPitch mentor, Emily is now a writing instructor for Authors Publish, a freelance editor, and a book coach. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Andreina Cordani 

Andreina Cordani is the author of twisty whodunnit Dead Lucky psychological thriller The Girl Who..., which was shortlisted for a CrimeFest Award. Before becoming an author, she worked as a journalist writing for magazines including CosmopolitanGood HousekeepingStylistGrazia and That's Life. She lives on the South Coast of England with her husband, children and dog and spends most of her time avoiding them so she can write.

Tracy Darnton

Tracy Darnton is the author of YA thrillers The Truth About LiesThe Rules and Ready or Not. A former solicitor, she now teaches creative writing, most recently on the MA Writing for Young People at Bath Spa. You can follow Tracy on Instagram and Twitter @TracyDarnton

Katlyn Duncan

Katlyn Duncan is a multi-published author of adult and young adult fiction, and has ghostwritten over 40 novels for children and adults.

When she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’, and hanging out on YouTube where she shares her writing process and all the bookish things. 

Madeline Dyer

Madeline Dyer (she/her) writes young adult, middle grade, and adult fiction, memoir, and poetry, many with representation of asexuality, disability, and chronic illness. She writes as Madeline Dyer, Elin Dyer, and Elin Annalise, and is the editor for Being Ace (Page Street, 2023), a YA anthology exploring and celebrating asexuality. 

Madeline also teaches writing and is currently pursuing her MFA from Kingston University London. In 2020, Madeline founded YA Thriller Con, a yearly online celebration of everything thriller, crime, and mystery. 

She has a herd of Shetland ponies, loves anything ghostly, and can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her everywhere she goes. 

Philippa East

Philippa East grew up in Scotland and originally studied Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Oxford. After graduating, she moved to London to train as a Clinical Psychologist and worked in NHS mental health services for over ten years. Her debut novel "Little White Lies" was longlisted for the Guardian's "Not The Booker" prize and shortlisted for the CWA "New Blood" Award. Her second psychological suspense novel "Safe and Sound" is out now, and her third, "I'll Never Tell", will be released in January 2023. Philippa lives in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside with her spouse and cat. Alongside her writing, she continues to work as a psychologist and therapist. You can find her on Twitter: @philippa_east and on Instagram: @philippa_east_author

Kat Ellis

Kat Ellis is the author of YA horror-thrillers, including Wicked Little Deeds and Harrow LakeWhen she is not writing, Kat can usually be found exploring ruins and cemeteries - both of which are plentiful in North Wales, where she lives. Find out more about Kat and her books at 

Caroline England 

CWA Dagger shortlisted Caroline England is known as the ‘Duchess of dark domestic noir’. She has written the psychological suspense thrillers BENEATH THE SKIN, top ten bestselling ebook MY HUSBAND'S LIES, BETRAY HER and TRUTH GAMES. Her new psychological thriller THE SINNER will be published in June 2022.

Caroline has also penned gothic-tinged psychological thrillers THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN SECRETS and THE HOUSE ON THE WATER'S EDGE as CE Rose. The next CE Rose book will be published in November 2022.

Both CE and Caroline write multi-layered, dark and edgy ‘domestic suspense’ stories that delve into complicated relationships, secrets and the moral grey area.

Drawing on her days as a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer, she loves to create ordinary, relatable characters who get caught up in extraordinary situations, pressures, dilemmas or crime. She admits to a slight obsession with the human psyche, what goes on behind closed doors and beneath people’s façades. She also enjoys performing a literary sleight of hand in her novels and hopefully surprising her readers!

WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES and HANGED BY THE NECK are her dark, twisty short story collections.

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a former model who lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their four children. She is the author of three young adult novels: Firsts, Last Girl Lied To, and All Eyes On Her, under the name L.E. Flynn. 

Her adult fiction debut, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, was named a USA Today Best Book of 2021 and became an instant bestseller in Canada. It has sold in 11 territories worldwide and been optioned for television by AMC. 

Kathryn Foxfield

Kathryn Foxfield writes dark books about strange things. She blames her love of the creepy and weird on a childhood diet of Point Horror, Agatha Christie and Dr Who. She writes about characters who aren’t afraid to fight back, but wouldn’t last 5 minutes in one of her own stories. Her first book GOOD GIRLS DIE FIRST was published by Scholastic UK in 2020.

Kathryn is a reformed microbiologist, one-time popular science author, cat-servant and parent of two. She lives in rural Oxfordshire but her heart belongs to London. You can follow her on Twitter @iloveweirdbooks or visit her website

Kit Frick

Kit Frick is a MacDowell fellow and ITW Thriller Award finalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. The author of the poetry collection A Small Rising Up in the Lungs and the young adult thrillers Before We Were Sorry (originally published as See All the Stars), All Eyes on UsI Killed Zoe Spanos, and Very Bad People, Kit loves a good mystery but has only ever killed her characters. Honest.

Visit Kit online at and on Twitter and Instagram @KitFrick.

Chloe Gilholy

Chloe Gilholy is an author and poet from Oxfordshire, UK. She has travelled to over 20 countries and her work in health care has been a great inspiration to her work. She is the author of Drinking Poetry and Game of Mass Destruction. Her work has also been translated into other languages. 

Gila Green

Canadian author Gila Green is an Israel-based writer, editor, and EFL teacher. She's the author of four novels: White Zion,  (Cervena Barva Press, 2019),  Passport Control (S&H Publishing, 2018), No Entry , (Stormbird Press, Australia.) and King of the Class (NON Publishing, Vancouver, 2013). Her work has been short-listed for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award (Carolina Wren Press), WordSmitten's TenTen Fiction Contest, twice for the Walrus Literary Award, and twice for the Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Award. Her stories have been published in dozens of literary magazines including: Fiction, The Fiddlehead, The Saranac Review, Noir Nation, Jewish Literary Journal and Jewish Fiction. Gila was a featured author at the 2020 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival. Please visit:

Christina Hoag

Christina Hoag won a prize for writing interesting stories when she was six years old and that’s what she’s been doing ever since. She is the author of YA novel "Girl on the Brink" and the noir crime novel "Skin of Tattoos," (Onward Press) and her new novella “Law of the Jungle” (Better Than Starbucks Press). She is also the co-author of "Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence” (Turner Publishing). A former journalist for the Miami Herald and Associated Press, she reported from Latin America for nearly a decade for major media including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, and The New York Times. Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous literary journals and have won several awards. For more information,


Jane Jesmond

Jane Jesmond lives at the end of the earth (Finistére) in France with a cat and a husband. She writes every morning in between staring out at the sea and making cups of tea. Elsewhere she has a wonderful blended family of three sons and six grandchildren.

Her debut novel, a thriller, On The Edge, is the first in a series featuring dynamic daredevil protagonist Jen Shaw and was published in October 2021 when it immediately became a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month.

Apart from reading, reading and walking the coastal paths, Jane's other love is amateur dramatics and she's played the Wicked Stepmother in a play about Snow White's life after divorcing Prince Charming and an Englishwoman who has mistaken a Parisian brothel for an orphanage.


Sarah Ann Juckes

arah Ann Juckes writes books for young people. Her YA novels 'Outside' and 'The World Between Us' (Penguin) have been longlisted for multiple awards. Her Middle Grade debut, 'The Hunt for the Nightingale' (Simon & Schuster) was published in January 2022 to critical acclaim.

She works for Oxford University and is on the board for Creative Future - a charity supporting underrepresented writers. Follow her on Twitter @sarahannjuckes. 

Savita Kalhan

Savita Kalhan was born in her grandparents home in a village in Punjab, North India. She came to live in the UK when she was tiny. Her parents were strict and traditional, and believed that books were synonymous with education, so they took Savita and her siblings to the library every week. English was not Savita’s first language but it quickly became so as she devoured all the books in the children’s library. She didn’t think she could be a writer as she never saw any Asian kids in the stories she read, nor saw any books by Asian writers when she was growing up. Living in the Middle East teaching English she wrote a fantasy epic of six books for fun, and realised how much she loved writing stories. When her first book was published, it was a dream come true.

Savita’s books explore themes of friendship, family and empathy, boundaries and respect, as well as culture-clash and identity. She is a double Carnegie Medal nominated author. In That Asian Kid Jeevan faces a moral dilemma with a racist teacher. It won the Warwickshire Schools Book Award and shortlisted for regional book awards. The Girl in the Broken Mirror is about a girl struggling to piece her life back together after a terrible trauma. The Long Weekend is a thriller about two boys who get into the wrong car after school and don’t realise their mistake until it is too late. A brand new edition will be published in Autumn 2022.

Kate Kelly

KM Kelly was born in Scotland but grew up running wild in the woods and fields of East Devon. 

She has written numerous short stories which have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She has now turned her hand to thrillers, always one of her favourite genres, and believes she has found her niche.

She lives in Dorset with her family and when she is not writing can be found exploring the remoter stretches of the Southwest Coast Path. 

Website/Blog: The Scribbling Sea Serpent

Twitter: @gabbrogirl

Matt Killeen

Matt Killeen was born in Birmingham and, like many of his generation, was absorbed by tales of the war and obsessed with football from an early age. Guitars arrived at fourteen, wrecking any hopes of so-called normality.

He has had a great many careers – some creative, some involving laser guns – and has made a living as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored music and sports journalist. Matt fulfilled a childhood ambition and became a writer for the LEGO® company in 2010 and continues to write for the 2269 project and PC Gamer.

He lives near London with his soulmate, children, dog and musical instruments, looking wistfully north at a hometown that has been largely demolished & rebuilt in his lengthy absence.

Orphan Monster Spy, his first novel, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the Branford Boase Award, as well as winning the 2019 SCBWI Crystal Kite. The sequel, Devil Darling Spy, was published in spring 2020, just as the world ended.




Dawn Kurtagich


Her debut novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, was a YALSA Top 10 Pick, An Audie Award Nominee and an Earphone Award Winner. It has been optioned for TV by Lime Productions. She is also the author of THE CREEPER MAN / AND THE TREES CREPT IN, NAIDA and TEETH IN THE MIST, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Orion Children's Books.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

When she was sixteen, she thought she'd be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge's prestigious Cavendish Laboratories. These days she can be found wandering the woodland of her North Wales home, living a perfect Bog Witch life.

Jessica Lewis

Jessica Lewis is a Black author and receptionist. She has degrees in English literature and animal science (the veterinarian plan did not work out). She lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother in Alabama. Her debut novel is Bad Witch Burning, and she also writes contemporary middle grade under her pen name Jazz Taylor. 

Barry Lyga

Called a “YA rebel-author” by Kirkus Reviews, Barry Lyga has published twenty-four novels in various genres in his fourteen-year career, including the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers. After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Lyga worked in the comic book industry before quitting to pursue his lifelong love of writing. In 2006, his first young adult novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, was published to rave reviews, including starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. Lyga lives and podcasts near New York City with his wife, Morgan Baden, their nigh-omnipotent daughter, and their Kryptonian son. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.

Jayme Mattler

Jayme Mattler is a Grammy-nominated and Audies-winning recording engineer and director, as well as a narrator and producer. 

Isvari Mohan Maranwe

 Isvari is a Young Adult and Adult author with a focus on contemporary, fantasy, and thrillers. She was a freelance columnist for The Washington Times and The Boston Globe and her debut novella The Eyes of Mikra was a top Amazon seller in War and Espionage when released. Today, she writes YA contemporary, fantasy, and mystery under the pseudonym Rishi Mohan along with her husband and sister. The three are also the founders of Dweebs and Dogs, an international nonprofit offering free career advice, such as free mentorship and query letter edits for writers. She blogs on Medium and LinkedIn, where she has over 300K followers.

Amy McCaw

Amy McCaw is the author of the award-winning Mina and the Undead, a YA murder mystery set in 1995 New Orleans, and the upcoming sequel Mina and the Slayers.


Her interests are books, movies and the macabre, and her writing has elements of all of these. If Amy’s not at a book event or reading, she can usually be found scribbling away in her writing room, surrounded by movie memorabilia and an out-of-control signed books collection. Unsurprisingly, she’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and has gone to conventions to meet James Marsters more times than she cares to admit.


Amy also loves travelling and has a particular affinity for America. She’s visited 29 states, 13 Man Vs Food restaurants and many bookish locations, including the cities where Twilight, Interview with a Vampire and Vampire Diaries were set.


If you want to talk with Amy about books or movies, you can find her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Mandy McHugh

Mandy McHugh is an author from upstate NY. She received her MA in English from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and her BA in English/Education from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

Her works have appeared in various literary journals and podcasts, most recently the charity anthology We Are Wolves (Burial Press 2020).

When she's not writing, Mandy can be found loading up on iced coffees and planning adventures for her family.

Mandy is represented by Anne Tibbets of Donald Maas Literary Agency.

Dana Mele

 Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer based in the upper Hudson Valley. Dana’s debut, PEOPLE LIKE US, was shortlisted for the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was an ALA Rainbow Book List selection. Dana's second YA thriller, SUMMER'S EDGE, was selected as Barnes & Noble's June 2022 YA Book Club pick, and a graphic novel retelling of Hamlet, TRAGIC, is forthcoming from Legendary Comics in September 2022.

Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian spent his childhood in a series of exciting locations (Tehran, Paris, Toronto, New York), but could usually be found in his bedroom watching old movies and reading.

Abdi’s first novel, THE WALK-IN CLOSET, was awarded Best Debut at the Lambda Literary Awards. He has written three young adult novels, all published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins: THE AUTHENTICS (2017), LIKE A LOVE STORY (2019), and THE CHANDLER LEGACIES (2022). LIKE A LOVE STORY won a Stonewall Honor and was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best young adult books of all time.

Abdi has written for three television shows: NBC's ORDINARY JOE, Fox’s ALMOST FAMILY, and NBC’s THE VILLAGE. He has written six produced films including THE ARTIST’S WIFE (Strand Releasing, 2020) MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS (Lifetime, 2017), and THE QUIET (Sony Pictures Classics, 2006). He also wrote, directed and produced the short film REVOLUTION (2012). He is proud to say that his words have been spoken by the likes of Carmela Soprano, The Nanny, and The Girl With The Most Cake.

As Head of Development for Water’s End Productions, Abdi has been an executive producer or associate producer on numerous films, including CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, IT HAPPENED IN L.A., THE PRICE, THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW, and LITTLE WOODS.

Abdi lives in Los Angeles with his two children and husband, and holds dual citizenship between the United States and Canada.

Abdi is not the inspiration for Madonna’s children’s book “The Adventures of Abdi,” though he will forever insist that he is.

Marisa Noelle

Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy, horror & mental health including The Shadow KeepersThe Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep & Quest for Atlantis, & The Unravelling of Luna Forester. She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. Ocean, lake, or pool, she’s not fussy, as long as she can pretend she’s a mermaid. Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77, TikTok @MarisaNoelle12, or her website

Carly Nugent

Carly Nugent lives in Bright in Victoria. Her short fiction has featured in numerous publications, including the Bellevue Literary Review and Award Winning Australian Writing. Her first novel, The Peacock Detectives, won the Readings Children's Book Prize, was a CBCA younger readers Honour Book, and was shortlisted for the Text Prize, the Australian Book Design Awards and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Sugar, inspired by her own experience of type 1 diabetes, is her first novel for young adults.

Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda

Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda has been published in the African Women Writers (Afriwowri) e-publication anthology Different Shades of a Feminine Mind, The Budding Writer anthology by Zambia Women Writers’ Association (2017), and featured on for her story To Hair is Human, To Forgive is Design (2018). She has been published in Short Story Day Africa – Hotel Africa (2018) and her published novel No Be From Hia was selected as a Graywolf Africa Prize finalist in 2019.

Marta Pacini

Marta Pacini lives in Accrington, Lancashire and is the Founder and Publisher of radical independent publishing house Disturbance Press. Her first book, the contemporary YA story The (Un)lawful Killing of Daniel Brown, was published in February 2022. Her second book, the political thriller Conspiracy, was published in June 2022. An extract from Conspiracy was also included in the New Writing North West 2021 anthology, published by Lancaster LitFest.

Marta gained a Master’s in Publishing from the University of Central Lancashire in December 2021.


Twitter: @DisturbPr

Facebook: @disturbancepress

IG: @disturbancepress

Bryony Pearce

Bryony Pearce is a multi-award-winning novelist working in both the YA and Adult markets.

In the YA genre she has produced a mixture of dark thrillers, paranormal adventures and horror. Her most recent YA novels are Cruel Castle (the sequel to the award winning Savage Island) and Raising Hell, an urban fantasy with a Buffy vibe.

For the adult market she writes domestic noir thrillers for Avon (HarperCollins) - her debut, The Girl on the Platform was published in 2021 and her follow up Little Rumours, was out in March 2022.

Bryony also writes short stories, which have been published in a number of anthologies and has recently been shortlisted for a prestigious CWA Dagger Award for one of her short stories, Changeling.

She teaches a course at City University (London) called Writing for Children and delivers inspirational talks in schools. Bryony also works as a consultant and mentor for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and The Writing Coach.

She currently lives in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and has two children so when she isn’t working or providing a taxi service, she can usually be found reading, writing, drinking wine or playing the cello (badly)!

Ava Reid 

Ava Reid was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, but currently lives in Palo Alto. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism. 

Angelina Singer

Angelina Singer is a young adult / new adult author with a romantic comedy, "Just Like a Pill", books 1-3 of a dystopian science fiction trilogy "The Upperworld Series", and both books of The Rewind Duology available for purchase on Amazon now. In addition to her writing career, Singer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill College in 2019, where she studied English, Music, and of course, Creative Writing. Angelina is also a board member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, managing their Young Adult initiative. She’s also a freelance editor and ghostwriter, often helping clients bring their literary visions to life. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting (with a portfolio of work available for purchase on Instagram @asinger320), as well as mentoring younger music students at a local music store, where she studied guitar for over a decade. She views her writing as a way to simultaneously escape from and embrace reality. Follow her on Facebook @AngelinaSingerAuthor and Instagram/TikTok @angelinasingerauthor for exciting updates, exclusive content, and giveaways. Visit her website at

Trang Thanh Tran

Trang Thanh Tran grew up in Philadelphia in a big family of Vietnamese refugees. They enjoy writing speculative stories about food, belonging, and the diaspora. SHE IS A HAUNTING is their YA debut novel. Find them on Twitter @nvtran or their website

Abby Vandiver

Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette and Cade Bentley, is a hybrid author who has penned more than thirty books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. As Abby Collette is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books & Biscuits mystery series starring a set of abandoned fraternal twins who reunite in adulthood and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths and the editor of Midnight Hour, a crime fiction anthology by authors of color. As Cade Bentley, she has penned a women’s fiction, Where Wild Peaches Grow. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

Mocha Von Bee

Mocha Von Bee is from Ireland and lives in France. She writes YA fiction, mostly set in Ireland and often inspired by Celtic legend. Her stories are mysteries that feature slow burn relationships, complicated friendships and sacrifice. Set in the 1990s, the Kit & Tully series has a Tumblr vibe with spooky Irish settings and grungy characters.

Nancy Wu

Nancy is an award-winning audiobook narrator. Specializing in emotive storytelling, wild and wacky characters, and difficult accents, she is known for magically bringing stories to life.

Her work is consistently featured in AudioFile MagazineThe New York Times, and other top publications.

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