Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson’s favorite activities as a child were climbing trees and pretending she was Tarzan, or running along fence tops—and roofs—pretending she was a spy with a bagful of incredible gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class. …

Eliot Schrefer

Eliot Schrefer has probably already played many of you with his Hearthstone priest deck. (Keep an eye out for “YellowBonobo.”) When he’s not playing video games, he’s writing. Eliot is the author of Endangered, Threatened, and Rescued, survival stories about great apes and wartime which have twice been finalists for …

William Ritter

William Ritter watches shows like Steven Universe and My Little Pony with his kids… but what his kids don’t know is that he watches them just as much when they’re gone. rwillritter.wordpress.com 2017 Workshop: 5 Fundamental Facets of Novel Writing A whirlwind tutorial through five key facets of story telling: …

Lisa Schroeder

One of the best things Lisa ever did was write a book called It’s Raining Cupcakes because it got her a gig as a cupcake judge at a big baking competition. At the event, she sat next to a chef who was a winner on the show “The Cupcake Wars,” though …

Kiersten White

You are probably taller than Kiersten White. Don’t be too proud—it’s not very difficult to be taller than her. Still, she’s written nine novels, is a New York Times bestselling au-thor, and is a lot older than you are. So being taller than her is a little bit cool, and …

Dan Wells

When Dan was 5 years old he got autographs from both Darth Vader and Mr. Rogers. He owns more than 350 board games. He has visited sixteen different countries, and lived in three. He was diagnosed with hypochondria as a child, but it’s mostly gone now. He memorizes poetry for …

Tui Sutherland

Tui T. Sutherland is a night owl who does most of her writing between 11pm and 4am.  She was born in Venezuela and grew up in Paraguay, where at various times her family hosted three snuggly dogs, a villainous kitten, two monkeys with nefarious plans, and a bathtub full of …

Alan Lawrence Sitomer

I once ditched school to hang with some friends and had such a miserable experience with my lame-o buddies that years later I wrote it up and sold it as a short story… and it’s REALLY popular! I chickened out on kissing the girl of my dreams in 8th grade …

Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd grew up surrounded by books in her parents’ bookstore. She went to prom in Costa Rica, was an extra in The Hunger Games movie (in the reaping scene!), and has a phobia of mariachis. She might read your palm if you ask her nicely. meganshepherd.com 2016 Workshop: THE MAGIC OF …

Steve Sheinkin

A former history textbook writer, I’m now trying to make amends for that crime by writing nonfiction books that kids and teens will actually want to read. Before the textbook thing, I made movies with my brother in Austin, TX (our first and only feature film, A More Perfect Union, …

Jeff Hirsch

Sure, I wrote books like The Eleventh Plague, The Darkest Path and the upcoming Black River Falls, but did you know that I’m also a pretty decent baker of cookies, cakes and pies? (My specialties include triple chocolate espresso cookies and peach and blueberry buckle.) Or that I can escape …

Carl Deuker

Golf Story:  I was the sixth man for my school golf team—the last player out.  We were in a big match against our hated rival.  The first five matches had ended.  We won two, the bad guys won two, and one match was a draw.  All the players from both …

Amie Borst

Amie Borst once had red hair and a nose piercing, graduated from Jimmy Fallon’s rival high school and sang in a garage band called Velcro Puppies. Now she drives a minivan and makes baked goods for school events. She relives her teen years through the novels she writes. Visit www.amieborst.com …

Ilsa Bick

Alas, this is true.  When Ilsa was a kid, all she wanted was to be Captain Kirk’s girlfriend.  Since then, she’s been a lot of things—child psychiatrist, forensic psychiatrist, wannabe surgeon, film scholar, former Air Force major . . . as well as the best-selling author of dozens of award-winning …

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the New York times bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). She has never had a cavity and briefly blacked out after she fell off the bleachers at a high school basketball game. She was dressed as a …

John David Anderson

John David Anderson is hardly ever called John David Anderson. He is called Dave by most people who know him, John by most people who don’t, and Poppy by his daughter. His cat calls him yeowl and his mother calls him at least once a week. If he was a …