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: 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: 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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Meet the Author: Wade Albert White

Wade Albert WhiteWade Albert White hails from Nova Scotia, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. In addition to writing, he teaches part time, likes to draw, and has possibly set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. Also, he owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously.

Wade’s debut, THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, September 13, 2016), is a Middle Grade Fantasy. Set in a world where fantasy meets science fiction and a subversive narrator lurks behind every page, intrepid heroine Anne must triumph over time, destiny, and heretofore unknown levels of bureaucracy to uncover the truth of her quest.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by LM Montgomery.
  • Childhood aspiration: As a kid he enjoyed picturing himself in a variety of careers (although superhero was probably near the top of the list).
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: He prefers to write in the morning while the kids are at school and the cat sleeps in the chair next to him.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): He likes to draw, run, play guitar badly, play video games, and study ancient languages.
  • Surprising personal fact: He was once bitten by a squirrel.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: That he doesn’t have to wait until 2017.

Where to find him:

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Meet the Author: Casey Lyall

Casey LyallCasey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. Casey also loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.

Casey’s debut, HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. (Sterling Children’s Books, September 6, 2016), is a Middle Grade Mystery novel. A lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Three-way tie between A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT by Madeleine L’Engle, DANNY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Roald Dahl, and the rest of her book collection.
  • Childhood aspiration: Writer or a member of JEM and the Holograms.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Any time between 9 pm and 5 am, seated at the kitchen table, surrounded by cats.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watching all the shows and all the movies, baking, writing, pretending to work out at the gym when actually snoozing on the mats, taking her bike out for a cruise, and singing on the phone with her nieces.
  • Favorite sports teams: In no particular order – The Rockford Peaches, Average Joe’s, the Washington Sentinels, the Zucchini Warriors, the Mighty Ducks, the Dillon Panthers, Puddlemere United, East High Wildcats, and the Little Giants.
  • Surprising personal fact: She was once in a karaoke contest on a cruise ship. She didn’t win, but she sang Bohemian Rhapsody so really…didn’t everyone win?
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being one year away from sharing her book with the world and having these Sweet new friends to share the adventure with!

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Tricia Clasen

Tricia ClasenTricia Clasen is a college professor of communication. After many years off exploring, she returned to her much-too-frigid home state of Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two girls. She spends most of her time shuttling her kids to dance and trying to get the glitter off the kitchen floor. Despite wanting to be an author since childhood, she only began writing fiction about six years ago.

Tricia’s debut, THE HAUNTED HOUSE PROJECT (Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press, Fall 2016), is a contemporary middle grade novel. With no food in the house and a dad who’s rarely around, twelve-year old Andie fears what will happen if people find out just how bad things are since her mom died.  Inspired by a science project on paranormal behavior, she’s sure pretending to be her mother’s ghost—spraying perfume, changing TV channels, and moving pictures—is her only hope to bring her crumbling family back to reality.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: THE OUTSIDERS by SE Hinton. She read this over and over again one summer—maybe twenty times. Tip: when trying to be a “greaser” Vaseline is a poor option as it is impossible to wash out.
  • Childhood aspiration: Author or actress.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Generally morning.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: MAP TO THE STARS by Jen Malone.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Travel, watch her girls dance, sing bad karaoke.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Getting to share such a wonderful experience with so many talented, excited folks.

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Elaine Vickers

Elaine VickersElaine Vickers is a college chemistry teacher who lives in Utah with her husband and three kids. She likes writing middle grade and chapter books but LOVES revising them. The best moment of her writing career so far was when her eight-year-old daughter read her debut and loved it so much she built an elaborate model of her favorite scene with Legos. Elaine is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Elaine’s debut, LIKE MAGIC (HarperCollins, October 18, 2016), is a contemporary middle grade novel. It is the story of three girls whose stories weave together as they take turns checking out a hollowed-out book box from the library over the course of the biggest summer of their lives.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: All the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
  • Childhood aspiration: Pediatrician, architect, teacher. It was a pretty constant rotation between those three.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: In the afternoon. But really, whenever it’s quiet.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: PRINCESS JUNIPER OF THE HOURGLASS by Ammi-Joan Paquette
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Hang out with her kids, run, be outside, eat
  • Favorite sports teams: San Francisco Giants (her dad’s been a fan since forever, so she grew up with the Giants) and University of Utah (where she and her husband went to grad school)
  • Surprising personal fact: She did a large portion of the landscaping in her yard herself…but has never mowed the lawn.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being in such good company! So many talented authors are debuting in 2016, and the Sweet Sixteens have been such a warm and welcoming community from day one.

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Erin Petti

Erin PettiErin Petti lives by the ocean in Massachusetts and loves to read about magic, dinosaurs, folklore, and ghosts. She’s studied literature and creative writing, as well as teaching and improvisational comedy. She suspects her cat likes her better than she’s letting on. Erin lives with her husband, excellent toddler, and aforementioned cat.

Erin’s debut, THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE (Mighty Media Press, September 6, 2016), is a middle grade fantasy adventure where science and magic intertwine. Aspiring scientist/explorer/cryptozoologist Thelma must embark on a mission to save her dad. But when the journey brings them deep into the New England woods she realizes it might be harder than she thought—there’s someone wielding dark magic, and Thelma is pretty sure they’re coming after her next.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: REDWALL by Brian Jacques  – but earlier than that, MOUSE SOUP by Arnold Lobel.
  • Childhood aspiration: She was desperate to be an animator for Disney and live in Disney World. That’s how it works, right?
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: If she can make it up, early morning with lots of coffee is best 🙂
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by Victoria Schwab
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Hanging out with her two year old! She’s the funniest person Erin has ever met.
  • Favorite sports teams: Hufflepuff Quidditch all the way.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Fulfilling a lifelong dream! And the incredible support of friends and family.

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Jill Diamond

Jill DiamondJill Diamond has loved children’s literature for as long as she can remember, thanks to a school librarian mother and long, cold Maine winters. When she’s not writing middle grade fiction, Jill practices law, dreams about her next travels, and wears cowboy boots. Jill lives in San Francisco with her husband and their son.

Jill’s debut, LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY (FSG Books for Young Readers, October 18, 2016), is a middle grade novel. It’s about two best friends with a flair for intrigue who uncover a string of mysteries in their community, set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: THE CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN, THE WEDDING PROCESSION OF THE RAG DOLL, THE BROOM HANDLE, WHO WAS IN IT, and so many others!
  • Childhood aspiration: An alchemist medieval archaeologist zoologist poet princess (yes, she perceived that as one thing).
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Ideally, a beautiful morning in Bali, but in reality, wherever and whenever she can.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Travel, bake elaborate things for friends, make soap, laze around by the fireplace.
  • Surprising personal fact: She’d love to have a pet goat that could live on her back patio.

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Meet the Author: Mike Grosso

Mike Grosso Author Headshot croppedMike Grosso is a writer, teacher, and musician from Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and son. He grew up in a musical family. He hopes to one day get out of his apartment and into a house where he can finally have a drum set without driving his neighbors insane.

Mike’s debut, I AM DRUMS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books, 9/6/2016) is a contemporary middle grade novel. While other kids dream about cars, sports, and fashion, all Samantha Morris dreams about is playing the drums. But it’s hard to make her dreams come true when her parents are against it, she bangs on dictionaries because she can’t afford a real kit, and her middle school is planning to cut its music program. Sam’s only hope is to find a private teacher and pay for lessons herself, all without her parents finding out.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: A three-way tie among ANASTASIA KRUPNIK, SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, and THE THING AT THE FOOT OF THE BED.
  • Childhood aspiration: A rockstar with really weird hair.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Whenever his son is taking a nap.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: He’s reading THE 8TH CONTINENT by Matt London and listening to FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell in the car during his commute.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Playing music, bothering nearby family members, spooky video games, staring at things.
  • Favorite sports teams: um… uh… the Chicago Cardinals?
  • Surprising personal fact: He teaches fourth grade and enjoys telling his kids there’s a chocolate swimming pool in the teachers’ lounge.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author is that he still gets to be a debut author! He’s a former 2015 debut who lost his initial book deal with Egmont when the New York office closed, so for a short time he didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s great to be back on the road to publishing his debut while meeting so many talented authors!

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