More About My Authors

Alphabetical by Last Name:

Ilsa J. Bick is a child and forensic psychiatrist, former Air Force Major, and film buff whose extremely creepy sensibility is shown off in books like the apocalyptic thriller ASHES Trilogy (Egmont USA) and the forthcoming WHITE SPACE (Egmont USA).

Gwenda Bond is a blogger and general publishing expert and gadfly who may have stepped fully formed from a 1930's screwball comedy. Her debut novel BLACKWOOD was a lead title for the launch list of the new imprint Angry Robot Books - next up is GIRL ON A WIRE about a circus daredevil, forthcoming from Skyscape!

Calef Brown is a poet, artist, teacher and genius whose popular picture books include POLKABATS AND OCTOPUS SLACKS (Houghton) and the #1 NYT bestseller FLAMINGOS ON THE ROOF (Houghton). His most recent include a book of inspiration for young artists, DRAGON ROBOT GATORBUNNY (Chronicle), and a little book of love and friendship poems, WE GO TOGETHER (Houghton).

Cynthia von Buhler Hailed by the press as "multitalented and eccentric" (Boston Globe), a "rising star," (NY Arts), and "one of the top contemporary surrealists" (Art+Antiques), CvB is a fine artist and author-illustrator whose work has been likened to a trip down an ornate rabbit hole.

Cathy Camper is a librarian who makes her home in Portland, Oregon. She's also author of everything from picture books to YA lit, graphic novel enthusiast, zine creator, bug expert and seed artist. Her first graphic novels are super-cool and forthcoming from Chronicle Books.

Nancy Castaldo is the Eastern New York SCBWI regional advisor, and also the very talented author of numerous science and nature books for young people, including SNIFFER DOGS: HOW DOGS AND THEIR NOSES SAVE THE WORLD, from Houghton.

Katherine Coville is an artist, sculptor and doll-maker who lives in a faerie-tree in Upstate New York. (That's what I imagine, anyway!) She has collaborated with her husband Bruce on many of his books, but is forging a new career as a novelist: her deliciously gothic debut GOLDEN is coming soon from Knopf/Random House.

Jaclyn Dolamore is a vintage-wearing, David Bowie-listening, organic-veggie-eating word geek who lives in Maryland. Her lovely fantasy novels include MAGIC UNDER GLASS and BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY (Bloomsbury). The upcoming DARK METROPOLIS is a shiny, scary wonder of a book set in a "Cabaret"-like world where dead people have a habit of not staying dead.

Miriam Forster is a bookseller - and possibly lives inside a coffee machine. I  theorize that's how she gets the energy to write lush and intense fantasies like CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS (HarperCollins). 

Sonia Gensler was probably born in the wrong century, and possibly on the wrong continent... but we'll keep her anyway. Her first book THE REVENANT (knopf) is a Victorian ghost story set in an all-girl Cherokee school in the old west, and was the recipient of the Oklahoma book award, her latest is THE DARK BETWEEN, all about spiritualism, seances, and things that go bump in the night.

Alex Gino's day job is to make people super-awesome at taking difficult standardized tests. Alex unwinds from this by-the-numbers stuff to work on progressive and cool middle grade fiction that will get you right in the feels -- more info coming soon!
 
Raúl Gonzalez III is a fine artist and comic illustrator who lives and works in Massachusetts. His art is all over museums, and will soon be in bookstores, too. He is illustrating the awesome LOW RIDERS IN SPACE, penned by Cathy Camper and forthcoming from Chronicle. 

Emily Hainsworth can groom dogs better than you. But she won't cause she's too busy writing brilliant high concept YA like her debut THROUGH TO YOU (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins 2012). More great stuff to come! 

Ward Jenkins is an illustrator whose inspirations come from places as diverse as vintage books, old-school hip-hop and graffiti. His latest SAN FRANCISCO, BABY! and NEW YORK, BABY! (Chronicle) are fun, bright romps with toddlers through their respective cities.

Tara Kelly is an web designer, freelance editor, kitty snuggler, and one-girl band. Oh and also the kick-ass author of the rocking YA novels HARMONIC FEEDBACK and AMPLIFIED (Holt). News about Tara's new projects coming soon!

Eric A. Kimmel is the prolific, award-winning and beloved author of such inspired tales as HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS. His most recent is the delightful HANUKKAH BEAR from Holiday House. Eric tells stories that you'll remember for a lifetime.

Kristen Kittscher is a spy who...oh I probably shouldn't have said that. Ahem. She's totally NOT a spy, but the absolutely normal *cough* author of tween mysteries WIG IN THE WINDOW and TIARA ON THE TERRACE (harpercollins 2013).

James Klise was a 2011 Stonewall Award Honoree for his first novel LOVE DRUGGED (Flux). His next novel is THE ART OF SECRETS (Algonquin), the story of a crime and its aftermath told from ten points of view, all of them unreliable.

Erin J. Lange is a news producer by day and YA author by night. Her stories are edgy and dark, but full of heart. Her debut YA, BUTTER (Bloomsbury), was released in Fall 2012, her latest is DEAD ENDS, also from Bloomsbury, and there are more titles coming soon to a bookstore near you.

R.C. Lewis is a high school math and physics teacher. Her debut novel is a work of geeky-tough-chick science fiction awesomeness called STITCHING SNOW, and it is forthcoming from Disney/Hyperion.

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning author and outspoken political commentator whose YA books have started vital conversations about tough topics. Her latest is WANT TO GO PRIVATE? (Scholastic) - an important and unputdownable book about a girl who is targeted by an internet predator. 

LK Madigan (aka Lisa) is the very beloved author of the first book I ever sold, FLASH BURNOUT, as well as THE MERMAID'S MIRROR (houghton). She passed away in 2011 but is in our hearts (and on our bookshelves!) forever.

Kate Messner is an educator and the author of LOTS of books for young folks. Her debut BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. (walker) was an EB White Read-Aloud Award winner. Her latest WAKE UP MISSING (walker) is an unputdownable science thriller. She also pens chapter books and picture books and non-fiction, because she is unstoppable!

Whitney A. Miller is a world-traveler and bon vivant who can probably beat you in a fight, but is terrible at keeping houseplants alive. She is not, however, the Whitney Miller who won Masterchef (sad, I wanted a pie!). Her debut YA horror novel THE VIOLET HOUR is forthcoming from Flux.

Stephanie Oakes is a middle school teacher by day, author of gritty-but-magical YA by night. Her pulse-pounding debut novel MINNOW, about a girl raised in a cult who is accused of a crime, is coming in 2014 from Dial/Penguin.

Gina Willner Pardo lives near the beach and writes wonderful books, most of them for young people. Her most recent title PRETTIEST DOLL (clarion) is about a 13-year-old runaway beauty queen.

Daniel Pinkwater is the author of eleventy-billion wildly popular books for children and young adults including THE HOBOKEN CHICKEN EMERGENCY, THE BIG ORANGE SPLOT and THE NEDDIAD. His most recent picture book is BEAR IN LOVE (Candlewick); his most recent novel is BUSHMAN LIVES! (Houghton). He can frequently be heard on NPR, SiriusXM, and on certain better French classical music stations.

Jill Pinkwater is a novelist and illustrator, well known for her goofy and noble Wolves, Polar Bears, Chickens. Her most recent picture book collaboration with husband Daniel Pinkwater is BEAUTIFUL YETTA, THE YIDDISH CHICKEN (Feiwel+Friends) and she is hard at work on the sequel.

Karen Rivers is the sassy and classy Canadian author of books for YA and MG, most recently THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME, from AAL/Scholastic. More new book info coming soon!

Mara Rockliff writes lots of things, mostly non-fiction and picture books. Her latest is ME AND MOMMA AND BIG JOHN, a wonderful picture book from Candlewick with illustrations by William Low.

Paul Ruditis is the slightly TV obsessed NYT bestselling author of tons of media tie-ins as well as the popular DRAMA! series (S+S) among others. He's now working on something all-new and top secret... more will be revealed soon.

Patrick Samphire is the otherworldly author of countless science fiction & fantasy stories. He's also a talented web and ebook designer and toddler-wrangler. His debut middle grade novel SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB is forthcoming from Christy Ottaviano Books, a division of Henry Holt.

Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, graphic designer, introvert, closet geek, enthusiastic eater, struggling blogger, lapsed piano player, household-chore-ignorer and occasional world traveler. Her first book LATTE REBELLION came out from Flux in 2011, her latest is THE UNDERNEATH, also from Flux.

Paula Stokes is the pseudonymous author (under the name Fiona Paul) of the upcoming "Breathless Read" VENOM (Penguin), a smexy YA about murder, art and lust in old-timey Venice. She also writes fun contemp YA under her own name. THE ART OF LAINEY is her debut under her own name, and it is coming from HarperCollins in 2014.

McCormick Templeman's debut novel was THE LITTLE WOODS (Random House, 2012), a smart, atmospheric debut about mysterious disappearances at an elite boarding school. Her work will creep you out!  But in a good way. Look for THE GLASS CASKET, coming soon also from Random House.

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is a San Francisco bookseller and events coordinator. You may have seen her reading stories to tots, or hosting awesome teen events. Soon she'll be signing books as well as slinging them; her debut AND ALSO AN OCTOPUS is forthcoming from Candlewick.

Tiffany Trent is often found bonnet-clad and bear-wrangling. Other times she's net-clad and bee-wrangling. When she's not doing either of those, she's penning gorgeous Steampunkian fantasies like THE UNNATURALISTS and its upcoming sequel THE TINKER KING (Simon+Schuster).

Linda Urban is the perfectly wonderful author of perfectly wonderful middle grades like CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT and THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING, and the picture book MOUSE WAS MAD. And there's even some other stuff up her sleeves. More about that soon!

Vivian Vande Velde is the author of countless books for kids and young adults. Well, OK, you can probably count them, but LOTS, is what I'm saying. They range from delightful fantasy to creepy scary to contemporary realistic. She's done it all, and can do it all. New book news is forthcoming.

Becky Wallace is a full time YA writer, volunteer teacher, mom of three little kids and owner of one psycho-puppy. Quite a full plate! Her debut fantasy THE KEEPER'S PRINCESS is forthcoming from Simon and Schuster.

Ellen Emerson White is the author of many fine books, including the President's Daughter series. When not rooting for baseball teams (go Red Sox!), she's taking pictures of them in her other life as a sports photographer. Her next novel is totally different, an ensemble comedy about rescue dogs, and it's aaaaa-dorable.

Jo Whittemore is a Texas Sweetheart who knows how to bring the funny - her middle grade novels from S+S include FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF and D IS FOR DRAMA, and they are LOLarious. Her upcoming novel is HOW TO MAKE A MILLION, and can best be described as "Westing Game meets Gilmore Girls." (!!!!)

Diane Zahler is a waffle and beer enthusiast who normally lives in NY but is a sometime-inhabitant of Belgium. She is the author of gorgeous fairy tale reimaginings including PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS and SLEEPING BEAUTY'S DAUGHTERS (HarperCollins).