Meet the Author: Sarah S. Reida

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Sarah S. Reida received her B.A. in English from St. Louis University and always wanted to be a writer, but took a detour to attend law school and start a practice that helps veteran small businesses. She and her husband Scott are proud to own a roomy house in the Atlanta area, as this means they can fill it with rescue animals. Their daughter – coming November 2016! – will be raised to love reading, animals, and Costco (which is magical).

Pitched as GOONIES meets JUMANJI, in MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION (Sky Pony Press, Sept. 20, 2016), thirteen-year-old film-obsessed Lissa discovers a shape-shifting monster in her woods and decides to film the greatest horror movie of all time…until her little sister is kidnapped to the monster homeland of Down Below and she needs her star’s help to rescue her. http://www.lissablackproductions.com (includes movie trivia and film-making info!).

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: SUPERFUDGE.
  • Childhood aspiration: Writer and/or lawyer.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Either late at night with a glass of red wine, or on the balcony so she can monitor her cats’ murdering tendencies and let the dog in and out, in and out, in and out. . .
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: YES, PLEASE by Amy Poehler (She loves her, but no, thank you – BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey is far better).
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watching movies, half-baked gardening attempts.
  • Favorite sports teams: Ha! Pass. . .
  • Surprising personal fact: She got married on Halloween and had a Halloween-themed wedding. Stephen King books were the wedding favors.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Finally, finally, FINALLY getting a book published!

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Lisa Koosis

Lisa A. KoosisIn high school, much to the dismay of her guidance counselor, Lisa Koosis traded AP English for a creative writing class and a class in speculative fiction. She never looked back. Lisa is a member of the SCBWI, an ambassador for National Novel Writing Month, and an active member of her local writing community. Her short stories have been published widely. When she isn’t writing, you’ll probably find her out walking her dog, or chilling with her cats..

Lisa’s debut novel, RESURRECTING SUNSHINE (Albert Whitman & Co./AW Teen, October 2016), is Young Adult science fiction. A grieving young musician must make an impossible choice about cloning the girl he loved, in this novel about memory and identity, love and loss.

  • Favorite book growing up: Probably L. Ron Hubbard’s WRITERS OF THE FUTURE anthologies, which published contest-winning stories from amateur science fiction and fantasy writers. She swore she would have a story in the anthology series one day. (Note: she never did, but not for lack of trying! She only made it as far as the semi-finals.)
  • Childhood aspiration: Veterinarian
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Lisa is a night owl. She does some of her best work long after the clock strikes midnight.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Stephen King’s THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Walking her dog, beachcombing (whenever she can get back to the shore) and getting together with her local writing friends.
  • Surprising personal fact: Lisa has an unnatural love affair with feather earrings and has upwards of 15 pairs!
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Not only fulfilling a lifelong dream/goal, but also getting to connect with so many amazing writers along the way.

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: SA Larsen

SA LarsenSA Larsen is a childhood apraxia of speech advocate, former dancer, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more games than she could ever count. Her favorite stories unlock secret passageways and hidden worlds to inspire and challenge the heart. She lives in the land of lobsters and snowy winters with her husband and four children (yes, they all play hockey), where she’s writing the next adventure in her middle grade series.

SA’s debut novel, MOTLEY EDUCATION (Leap Books/Seek, October 10, 2016), is a middle grade fantasy adventure. A class assignment sends misfit medium Ebony Charmed and her legless lizard totting best friend on a ghostly journey for their lives battling creatures from Norse mythology to find a relic that is vital to saving both the spirit world and themselves. But when things go terribly wrong, Ebony must dig deep to find the true meaning of her quest, which has been inside her all along.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
  • Childhood aspiration: To create, whether through painting, baking, or writing her own little off-Broadway musicals.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Early morning or late evening, and usually in her office that’s climbing in books and The Nightmare Before Christmas decor.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: YOU WERE HERE by Cori McCarthy
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watch a movie or pro sports event as a family, or hang out with her kids during family game night.
  • Favorite sports teams: Boston Bruins, New England Patriots
  • Surprising personal fact: Up until recently, she was part of the Monday Night Hotties – a group of ladies ranging in age from 22 to 60+, who dance and perform onstage.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being around some of the most talented and creative people she’s ever met and connecting with amazing readers!

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Hannah West

Hannah WestHannah West writes for love and for a living; when she’s not writing about magic and teenagers, she pens articles about renewable energy and home renovation. She lives in Dallas, where she enjoys the company of her fiancé and their rambunctious blue heeler/fur baby. She has a French degree that she nevers uses, but she does enjoy the occasional French macaron.

Hannah’s debut novel, KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS (Holiday House, September 15, 2016), is a Young Adult fantasy. When Bristal becomes a powerful, immortal elicromancer, she meets the only remaining two of her kind–one of whom hides dark plans to tyrannize the mortals they are meant to serve. Bristal must use her gifts to protect a cursed princess, pose as a soldier, and forge royal alliances in hopes of unifying the realm’s armies–before the traitor brings supernatural war down on the three kingdoms of Nissera.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levin, THE OUTLAWS OF SHERWOOD by Robin McKinley
  • Childhood aspiration: Hannah’s childhood career aspirations ranged from acting to archeology, but she was writing the whole time and soon realized it was pretty much her only skill.
  • Currently reading/just read: She is currently double-teaming BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett and SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan. Before that, she read WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski.
  • Favorite things to do: Hannah loves being outside–walking her dog, camping, hiking. She also loves netflix, going out with friends, and finding the most interesting restaurants in Dallas.
  • Surprising personal fact: This may be no surprise when it comes to a writer, but Hannah has startlingly vivid dreams nearly every night, one of which inspired her current work-in-progress.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: She’s also getting married this year, so it’s an exciting/busy time all around! 

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Krystal Sutherland

Krystal SutherlandKrystal Sutherland was born and raised in Townsville, Australia, a place that has never experienced winter. Since then she’s lived in Sydney, where she edited her university’s student magazine; Amsterdam, where she worked as a foreign correspondent; and Hong Kong, where she’s currently finishing her degree. She has no pets and no children, but is fond of naming inanimate objects: in the Netherlands she owned a Dutch bicycle called Kim Kardashian, and a small, inflatable velociraptor called Herbert.

Krystal’s debut, OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS (Penguin/Putnam, October 4, 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel, described as John Hughes meets John Green in an irresistible tale of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together. It tells the story of Henry Page, hopeless romantic, and Grace Town, the girl who walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and changes everything. Grace is not who Henry pictured as his dream girl – she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. It’s obvious there’s something broken about her, but that seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

Fun facts:

  • Childhood aspiration: For the majority of high school, Krystal wanted to be an actress, a dream that was singlehandedly dashed by Peter Jackson when he failed to get a flat tire in front of her house (he was supposed to come in to use the telephone and then immediately cast her in his next movie, for which she would win an Oscar). Tragically, this seemingly foolproof plan fell through.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Whenever inspiration strikes (AKA whenever she forces herself to stop procrastinating). Krystal isn’t precious when it comes to writing routines/location, which is lucky, because she currently has to write in a sad dorm common room while subsisting on cup noodles and Häagen-Dazs from the 7-Eleven downstairs. The fuel for all great literature.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Plot her eventual ascendance to Taylor Swift’s squad.
  • Surprising personal fact: Krystal is actually four eels inside a human skin suit.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: There’s a prophecy that the world is going to end on 1st January 2017 so…

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Caleb Roehrig

Caleb RoehrigCaleb Roehrig is a former actor and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. From B Horror films to the salt mines of reality TV, he knows how your sausage gets made.

Caleb’s debut novel, LAST SEEN LEAVING (Fiewel & Friends/Macmillan, October 4, 2016), is a Young Adult contemporary thriller. THIRTEEN REASONS WHY meets GONE GIRL in this YA thriller about fifteen-year-old Flynn Doherty. His girlfriend, January, is missing, the cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn – he must know something…right? But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
  • Childhood aspiration: Actor, Author, or Artist (later he added Musician and Spy to the list, then redacted Spy when he realized how dangerous and murdery espionage was)
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Typically in the evening, or after a really good run
  • Book Currently Reading: NYCKELN (THE KEY) by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren
  • Favorite things to do: Caleb loves to travel, spend time with his amazing nieces and nephews, and perform humiliating stunts that later on become great ice-breaker stories (such as, “Ever hear about the time I went to a karaoke bar and my fake mustache fell off while I was in the middle of belting out Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way”?)
  • Surprising personal fact: Has a black belt in Taekwondo
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: A lifelong dream finally coming true!

Where to find him:

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Meet the Author: Julie Leung

Julie LeungJulie Leung was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. By day, she is the marketing manager for Del Rey—the fantasy and sci-fi imprint of Random House. She is also the mother of FictionToFashion.com, where she interprets her favorite books into outfits. In her free time, she enjoys furtively sniffing books at used bookstores and winning at obscure board games. Her favorite mode of transportation is the library.

Julie’s debut novel, MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE: A TAIL OF CAMELOT (HarperCollins Children’s, October 4, 2016), is a middle grade fantasy. The series retells the Camelot story from the point of view of the court’s humblest creatures, who must save the realm while the human knights of the Round Table are off on foreign adventures.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Julie had an unholy obsession with THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende. Something about the possibility of entering a book like BASTIAN BALTHAZAR BUX was endlessly appealing to a young bookworm, go figure. And it also helped that Noah Hathaway who played Atreyu in the 1984 movie version was very easy on the eyes.
  • Childhood aspiration: For a prolonged hot second, Julie wanted to be the person who gets to make movie trailers. These days, she makes book trailers, which is a lot like that except with laughably small budgets.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Julie is a recovering night owl. Who is she kidding, she’s writing this at 1:46 am right now. Otherwise, she likes to overstay her welcome at local coffeeshops.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Julie is currently reading FATES AND FURIES. She just finished YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (Almost).
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Julie is a board game hipster. The more obscure, the better, like Cones of Dunshire obscure. She also likes to partake in Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. She still has World of Warcraft urges and wonders how things are in Ironforge these days.
  • Favorite sports teams: Julie is an entry-level Patriots fan.
  • Surprising personal fact: In Julie’s first NYC apartment, there was a mouse who brazenly ran out from the stove and chewed on her freshly baked cookies while they were cooling. She named it Ivan—Ivan the Terrible. Also, it was just one little mouse, not like a rat king or anything. Calm down.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It’s the same year as her wedding. Yay, life achievements unlocking all at once for easy remembering when she’s old!

Where to find her:

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