About Us


We are a group of Young Adult fiction authors debuting in 2012. Come, look at our pretty mugs! 
ANNE GREENWOOD BROWN


I am a Minnesota author, writing about mermaid assassins on Lake Superior. My debut YA series begins with LIES BENEATH, coming in the summer of 2012 from Random House/Delacorte. Besides writing and reading YA literature, I love all things Irish, romantic movies, beef stroganoff, and Nutella.
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ZORAIDA CORDOVA


Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Hollis, Queens, which means she should've been a hip-hop celebrity instead of a writer. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. She lives in New York City.
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GINA DAMICO
Gina Damico grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. She received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where she was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, a murder mystery improv comedy troupe that may or may not have sparked her interest in wildly improbably bloodshed. She has since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker, and breadmonger. She lives in New York City with her husband, two cats, and a closet full of black hoodies.

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Jill was born and raised in Iowa. As a child, she loved paper dolls, Archie comics, and writing. In her adolescent years, she wrote emo poetry and produced paper zines that she sold for $1 in local comic book and record stores.

Having earned her BA in English from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA in Literature from Iowa State University, she now teaches high school and community college courses in the Des Moines area. She lives with her husband and young daughter.

Jill spends her free time collecting cool gear for her blood elf paladin, watching Veronica Mars, and listening to angry grrl music.

SLIDE, her debut novel, will be released from Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins in 2012.
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COLE GIBSEN


Everything you need to know about Cole Gibsen can be summed up in one sentence: Cole keeps her hair dyed unnatural colors (and will keep doing so until she gets that Manic Panic endorsement), her eyeliner is applied too thick (one of these days she'll figure out how to do a cat eye with liquid eyeliner - until then, she'll continue her tribute to Winona Ryder ala Beetlejuice), and her nail polish is always chipped (just the way she likes it).

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LEANNA RENEE HIEBER
A southern Ohio native with a degree in theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era, the author, actress and playwright got her start in publishing with hot-headed little plays still produced around the country and has adapted 19th century literature for the professional stage. Her “Strangely Beautiful” debut, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER hit Barnes & Noble's Bestseller list, was listed as a 2009 favourite on 14 book blogs, won two 2010 Prism Awards and has been optioned for a Broadway musical. Her books have been chosen for Rhapsody and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Clubs. Her next series, MAGIC MOST FOUL, a Victorian Paranormal Young Adult series set in 1880s New York City, will hit bookstores November 2011. A proud member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, she can be found working on sets for film and television when not on a book deadline. She lives in New York City, happily coupled with her real-life-hero and rescued albino lab rabbit; Persebunny.

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SUZANNE LAZEAR


Suzanne Lazear occupies a small corner of the west coast where she lives with the hubby, the tot, a hermit crab, and two chickens. She’s chief mayhem officer at the steampunk blog Steamed! and sometimes a Geekmom. She plays with swords, runs with bustles, and is hardly ever described as normal. 
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LAURA ELLEN
Laura Ellen writes YA and MG contemporary novels that tend to center around a mystery and a romance. She loves the unknown, the draw of the mystery, the suggestion of a conspiracy. She likes the idea of things being there that we cannot see, and how this always makes us think we know what's going on, when we really don't. She is represented by Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency.

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ELISA LUDWIG


My debut young adult novel PRETTY CROOKED (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins) will be released in March 2012. Even though I had to extensively research pickpocketing techniques to write it, I remain a law-abiding citizen. I live in Philadelphia with my husband Jesse and cat Beau a.k.a. Bread. When I'm not writing for teens, I'm cooking and/or writing about food for The Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. I'm a proud member of The Apocalypsies

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DANNY MARKS

Daniel Marks is the super secret pseudonym of a popular adult urban fantasy author. He lives in a highly classified and secluded location (a "house" in a "neighborhood") with his trusty bodyguard ("wife"), and a cabal of evil minions (some "dogs"). He's currently hiring for a loyal henchman ("gardener") apply at velvetandnyx.com.
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EVE MARIE MONT


Eve Marie Mont is the author of the forthcoming YA novel, A Breath of Eyre (Kensington/KTeen April 2012), the first in a trilogy about the book-traveling Emma Townsend. When not writing, Eve can usually be found reading all the YA books she can get her hands on, watching the Phillies, or daydreaming about Austen and Brontë heroes. She teaches English and creative writing in the Philadelphia suburbs, where she lives with her husband and 14-year-old shelter pup.

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Kathleen spent most of her teen years crushing on authors and writing really bad short stories about vampires (this isn't false modesty-the stories were pretty awful). She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college, but tripped over them when office life started leaving her with an aversion to blazers and an allergy to cubicles. HEMLOCK, book one in a trilogy, is her first novel.

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GINA ROSATI

I’m a YA writer, reader and advocate of school and public libraries.  AURACLE, my debut  novel, will be published by Roaring Brook Press.   My literary agent is Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc.
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Jessica Spotswood writes books about magic and kissing. She is repped by the awesome Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Jess has wanted to be an author since fourth grade, except for that time she went to grad school to be a dramaturg. She lives in a hipster neighborhood in Washington, DC with her playwright husband and a very cuddly cat named Monkey. Jess loves books, theatre, tea, cardamom cookies, the color pink, twirly dresses, and the sound of bells chiming the hour. She is frighteningly enthusiastic.