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!
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.
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.
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.
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.