Kazu Kibuishi was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States when he was very young. He grew up in southern California, and graduated with a degree in Film Studies from UC/Santa Barbara. Then he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Kazu isRead More →

As a child, Jennifer Nielsen rode bicycles no-handed, cliff jumped, was the entire outfield on a three-person baseball team, and climbed trees with power lines running through them (that fortunately, she never touched). She somehow became a semi-responsible adult who now only writes about reckless young heroes. She is theRead More →

[cryout-multi][cryout-column width=”1/2″] Dale Basye: Become a Heck of a Good Writer Dale E. Basye— author of the Random House Children’s Books Circles of Heck series—will drag you, kicking and scheming, through the nine circles of Heck, with fun exercises along the way to help young writers hone their craft. Sure: Heck may beRead More →

I grew up in a nice, clean, incredibly boring suburb in upstate New York. I couldn’t wait to get out and go where the action was. I moved to New York City after graduate school because it was the most exciting place I’d ever been, and people were loud andRead More →

I was born in 1978 to a couple of Jesus People hippies. An older sister was waiting for me. A younger followed. My father accidentally became a pastor (it’s a long story and I was very young) and has been one ever since. I remember attending church in a largeRead More →

Alexander Gordon Smith has always wanted to be a horror writer, ever since his gran made him watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre when he was six. The first time he tried to be an actual horror writer (aged 11) he attempted to research a haunted house and lasted seven minutes insideRead More →

Neal Shusterman is the father of four, can clap with one hand, and makes a mean guacamole. He likes to go on cruises to write, and in fact, was on a cruise while writing this bio, in between chapters of his upcoming books Challenger Deep and Edison’s Alley. He tookRead More →

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning, author of 21 novels, including: The Immortals series, The Riley Bloom series, and The Soul Seekers series. With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 7 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages andRead More →

Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; and Pyromantic. She spends most of her time reading about monsters, thinking about monsters, and raising two monsters. Lish prefers mini pies to cupcakes and probably watches tooRead More →

Terry Lynn Johnson writes outdoor adventures based on her own life learning experiences in the wilds of Ontario. She might have fallen through the ice a time or two, been dragged by a dogteam, blown up a woodstove, been attacked by a sloth (slowly), accidentally sprayed a crowd with muskratRead More →

Lauren Kate is the author of the Fallen novels, the Teardrop novels, and the Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her works have been translated into over 30 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. She has a daughter named after her favorite book and a son named after herRead More →

Ellen Hopkins was voted most likely to dance naked under the stars. She was a straight-A kid, early Feminist, pacifist, barrel racing, dog loving, rock ‘n’ roll devotee hippie, and remains many of those things today. She might even still dance naked under the stars. Learn more at http://ellenhopkins.com/ 2015 Workshop: Outside theRead More →

Kimberly Derting once wanted to be a “foxy lady trucker” but changed her mind when she took seventh grade journalism, and hasn’t looked back since. These days, she watches WAY too much TV, orders 20# boxes of Nerds gumballs off the internet, and loves to complain about the rain evenRead More →

When I was a kid, I had a doll named Susie Egg. I let my older brother talk me into naming her that. I have learned something since I was three years old: I never ever ever consult with my brother about what to name my characters. In spite ofRead More →

Tera Lynn Childs writes books about mermaids, monsters, and mythology—sometimes all at once! She has lived more places than she can count, watches more TV than she should, and buys more books than she could ever have time to read. Over the years she’s owned one rabbit, two hamsters, threeRead More →

Jen spent eight years teaching high school English, but before that worked at a Boys’ camp where she got lost in the woods with alarming frequency and once was injured and trapped on a blob. She was a one-day Champion on Jeopardy!, but got annihilated the second day by aRead More →