In 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.
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Hannah 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.
- 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!
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Krystal 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.
- 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…
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Caleb 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.
- 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!
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Destiny Soria lives in Birmingham, AL, with her cat Sophie. She spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.
Destiny’s debut novel, IRON CAST (Abrams/Amulet, October 11, 2016), is a Young Adult historical fantasy. The story follows two best friends and illusionists who live and work in a Prohibition-era nightclub and con the city’s elite, only to find themselves entangled with mobsters when a con goes awry.
- Favorite book growing up: ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine
- Childhood aspiration: An archaeologist, in the vein of Indiana Jones.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: She loves writing in coffee shops in the middle of the day, to take full advantage of the people-watching. But her day job means she usually has to make do with her bed in the middle of the night, while Sophie the cat tries repeatedly to climb on top of her laptop.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (for the fifteenth time).
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): When the weather is warm (which in Alabama is…almost always), she likes to practice her hula hooping. On those rare chilly nights, she loves nothing more than hot tea and Alfred Hitchcock Presents marathons.
- Favorite sports teams: The Night Vale Spiderwolves. She has a t-shirt and everything.
- Surprising personal fact: After college, she spent seven months backpacking across New Zealand, where she ate a lot of kiwifruit chocolate, went bungee jumping and skydiving (twice), and simply walked into Mordor.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Plugging into a fantastic community of writers and readers.
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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
Her debut, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (JIMMY Patterson Books/Little, Brown September 20, 2016), is a Young Adult Gothic horror inspired by the Ripper murders. It’s about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End.
- Favorite book growing up: Lots! As is evident by the much-loved copies of her books, but Shel Silverstein’s WHERE THE SIDEWALKS ENDS was her go-to read.
- Childhood aspiration: As a kid Kerri wanted to be everything from an artist to a marine biologist to a forensics examiner before she finally settled on creating characters that could do all those things and more.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Between 9 a.m.—4 p.m. She loves sitting in bed, sipping on a banana/almond milk/almond butter smoothie and snuggling with her kitty mews (whose job is NEVER done).
- Book currently reading/most recently read: One of the last book’s that Kerri read was one of her favorites CRIMSON CROWN by Cinda Williams Chima. She can’t get enough of good fantasy and strong female characters.
- Favorite thing to do (besides reading): A self-proclaimed foodie, Kerri loves cooking for family and friends and even runs her own food blog, sndwchestc.com where she shares her recipes and foodie creations. She’s also a liiiiittle obsessed with reality TV that has anything to do with cooking. Or the Bachelor.
- Favorite sports team: Kerri moved to the south recently, but she will always, always bleed Yankees blue.
- Surprising personal fact: Even though Kerri is a massive foodie, she’s got a bunch of food allergies that make dining out nearly impossible.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Getting to share this incredible journey with an amazing group of writers who are not only fiercely talented, but are kind and kick-butt beyond measure.
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Erica M. Chapman writes dark, emotional novels with a burst of humor, and lighter contemporaries with smart-ass protagonists. Her writing is represented by the lovely Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis. She’s a member of SCBWI and a lifetime Lions and Michigan football fan who loves alternative music. She blogs, tweets, and watches various CW & Freeform shows while typing her next story on her MacBook in a Detroit Lions Snuggie.
Erica’s debut, TEACH ME TO FORGET (Merit Press, December 2, 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Seventeen-year-old obsessive planner Ellery tries to navigate through the guilt of losing her sister, lying to her best friend, and falling in love for the first time–all while waiting for the date she chose to die.
- Favorite Book Growing Up: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB books by Ann M. Martin and anything by Christopher Pike
- Childhood Aspiration: Lawyer-Astronaut-Actress-Singer (she was pretty ambitious and a little delusional)
- Favorite time of day/place to write: At night in the recliner
- Book currently reading/most recent: Brenda Drake’s TOUCHING FATE (SO good)
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watch teen shows, golf, sing, hang with friends, go to loud rock concerts
- Favorite sports teams: For those who have been unlucky enough to see her twitter stream during a game her favorite teams are losing this answer should be easy ;o) University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football #OnePride
- Surprising personal fact: She sang on stage at Carnegie Hall in college
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Besides being a part of an awesome group of talented authors? Knowing that her words will not float into oblivion is a pretty awesome feeling.
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