Friday, May 16, 2014

The Writer's Voice: Introducing TeamSuperNova!

The Writer’s Voice— modeled loosely off of NBC’s The Voice— is an online contest this year hosted by the lovely Brenda DrakeKimberly P. ChaseMonica Bustamante Wagner, & Elizabeth Briggs. By way of a raffle, unagented writers everywhere were encouraged to enter with the hope of making it to the next round: Posting your query and first 250 on your blog. *gulp*

Then the hosts read through the numerous entries(150+) and selected who they wanted for their teams by way of a big ol’ “I WANT YOU!” comment. After a lot of fun, tweeting, & hair-pulling (there were so many amazing entries!) the teams were decided. On May 22nd, the teams and their entries will be posted on the hosts’ blogs for a stellar cast of agents to review. 

And each host has a partner in crime to help them whip their writers...I mean the writers' manuscripts into shape. That's where I come in. 

Now that we have our team, I'm stoked to be "celebrity guest coaching" along with my literary partner in crime Kimberly P. Chase, author of  THE APOLLO ACADEMY and all around Sci-Fi goddess. Here's a little about our awesome team and some links so you can scope them out on social media! Follow these writers as they aim for the stars!

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Kimberly P. Chase writes young adult and new adult science fiction. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Science, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing!  When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, five-year-old son, and two dogs. Her debut novel, The Apollo Academy, released August 6th, 2013 and is now an Amazon BestSeller and Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention Award recipient. 

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Dannie Morin is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day she alternates between counseling teens and wrangling a very sassy toddler. By night she writes, critiques, and edits like a boss. When she's not doing any of those things, she's a compulsive participant in the Carolinas Region of SCBWI and a regular Snarky Sue in online Pitch Contests. Dannie is represented by Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and pens Young Adult and New Adult fiction in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Alison Miller is a young adult fiction writer, tutor, and most importantly—a full-time mom. When she's not writing, she attempts to sell high school students on the benefits of differential equations and her children on the joys of cleaning. She’s also a coach’s wife, soccer mom, fair-weathered Philadelphia Eagles fan, tap dancer, choreographer, and is auditioning for the role of Wonder Woman. She is a member of SCBWI and an active contributor to YA Confidential, a blog dedicated to all things teen, all the time. She resides in eastern North Carolina with her husband, two children, and two Gracelings.

I am an aspiring YA/MG author and a proud native New Englander. By day, I work in medical writing, and by night, I map out the worlds in my mind on paper. I studied to become a pediatrician, but turned back to my first love, creative writing, and haven’t stopped since. When I’m not hunched over my computer, I love to run, listen to live music, and eat every type of cuisine I can get my hands on.
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Laurie is a Florida girl. She writes young adult books, fondly remembers her years teaching middle school, and lives for God, her family, and All The Books. Alternative music is her jam, Gator football is her sport, and she’d eat chocolate chip cookies every day if she could get away with it. She blogs and tweets about reading and writing at:

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Leandra Wallace is an Indiana girl with a love for vanilla in her pop, sparkly things, scarves, ampersands, and old buildings. She lives with her husband, son, and a small black dog, dreaming of one day having everything in its place. She enjoys blogging about books and writing and believes everything is better with sauce on it.

**and thanks to Leandra for her help with the copy on this post!*

Miriam Spitzer Franklin

I’m an elementary/ middle school teacher, currently teaching writing and literature classes to groups of homeschoolers. I’m thrilled to announce that my middle grade novel, EXTRAORDINARY, will be published by Skypony Press in Spring 2015. My passions include animal welfare, vegetarianism, figure skating, coaching Odyssey of the Mind, and of course, reading and writing children’s literature! I live with my husband, two daughters, and two cats in Charlotte, NC.

Shana Silver’s work has finaled in the RWA “Get Your Stiletto In The Door” contest and the RWA North Texas’s “Great Expectations” contest. Her short stories have appeared in various literary magazines such as ShatterColors Literary Review and The Hiss Quarterly. She studied creative writing at Syracuse University under Junot Diaz and Mary Gaitskill. She now works at a well-known educational publisher in NYC where she oversees the creation of tablet apps, eBooks, and other digital products. 

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When an injury forced Nashville native Susan Bickford off the scaffold, demanding a break from her decorative arts business, she pulled out an old manuscript. Curious about the characters, she resumed her writing.  More manuscripts followed, all filled with stories she conjures while waiting for paint to dry. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Susan with a brush or trowel in her hand, painting, plastering, and gilding anything that doesn’t move (and some things that do). She’s a member of RWA and the Music City chapter. 

Stephanie Edwards is a 25-year old student currently studying Biological Anthropology. When she isn’t trying to be the next Jane Goodall, she spends her time working as a Marketing & Communications Assistant with her university and spending quality time with good food and a glass of wine, sometimes with friends, sometimes with Netflix. Stephanie’s currently working on an Adult Urban Fantasy novel about city-dwelling witches, while trying to shop around her Adult Science Fiction story, The Pact.


  1. So nice to get to see everyone's faces all in one place! =) It's getting closer ladies! *eek!* Thanks for the post, Dannie!

  2. Awesome post! So nice to get to know our team! Thanks for doing this, Dannie!

  3. Today's the day! Thank you so much for all of your feedback!