Hannah is an English student at UCLA, as well as a competitive ballroom dancer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, full-time klutz, and betta fish mom. She also has a blog she has dubbed "Just a Musing Student." She wrote We Pretend They're Fireworks because she has a deep passion for mental health and has had many experiences with the fictional events that take place in the book, including depression and sexual assault.For more information, you can connect with her on instagram: @littlehanbanan_
Nina has been writing for pretty much all eighteen years of her life. She published her first novel, The Knowers, at age seventeen, and The Eminence a year later. Her short story "The Bug Whisperer" was featured in the Western New York Young Writers' Anthology when she was just ten. In addition to her own work, she has edited and formatted #MeToo, circa 1927 by Mary Carr and Untouchable by Michael J. Martineck. She currently studies Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on instagram at @the.knowers or check out her blog at teenagelexicon.blogspot.com
Josie is a 16-year-old novelist who enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen. She also hosts a podcast all about writing called "Write Night" with the belief that everyone should have access to good, funny writing advice. She lives in the mountains where, surprisingly, they do in fact have internet connection. She's already working to make her dream of being a successful author come true and hopes you'll go along on that journey with her. You can discover more about her here: https://linktr.ee/thejosiemiller
Mel Torrefranca is a high school YouTuber and author from Northern California. She releases her YA magical realism novel, LEAVING WISHVILLE, on February 8th of 2020. When she's not writing or stressing over homework, Mel enjoys music, badminton, and photography. She spends a majority of the night with a cup of peppermint tea, contemplating the value of human existence. Learn more about her novel at www.leavingwishville.com and connect with Mel on her website, YouTube channel, and Instagram.
Millie is an adventurous homeschooler who published her first book, Honey Butter, at age thirteen. She loves sushi, zip lines, and just about all things yellow. Millie lives in a picturesque blue house in the woods with her parents and four siblings and a varying amount of cats and chickens. Whenever you need a good excuse not to clean your room, check out her interview on NPR’s WSIU or visit her website!
Louise is a 12-year-old flutist, soccer player, cross country runner, and author of three chapter books in her Magic Charms book series. Through writing and speaking publicly about her journey as a young author, Louise hopes to inspire other young minds to read, write, and pursue their dreams. She has used her book sale proceeds to make donations to the non-profit organizations K9s for Warriors and MIRA USA. Learn more about Louise and her book series by visiting her website at louisemariemiller.com
A first-year Aerospace Engineering major at the University of Texas at Austin, Katie is the author of the two novels of the Colonized series. She wrote Colonizedat fourteen and published it at sixteen; now, at eighteen, she published the sequel, Pioneered. Both are available on Amazon under the pen name Kimberly Tate. Katie has interned with NASA through the SEES program and currently shares her love for space as a Back to Space Student Ambassador. She is passionate about both STEM and writing and believes that they don't have to be mutually exclusive. You can connect with her on Instagram at @katie_mulry, LinkedIn, and on her blog at katiemulry.wixsite.com/website/
Actress, model, and all-around dream chaser Lariah was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She's always been business-minded and has expressed multiple goals that she would like to accomplish. Lariah's Big Dreams was inspired by a real-life event: Lariah went online to research how to start her own business and even input her aunt's phone number to receive information about starting a franchise! She's an optimistic, smart, and creative individual who enjoys science, reading, and Korean pop music. No matter what dream Lariah wants to explore, her "momager" does the most to make her happy. Please follow Lariah on her journey of chasing her dreams at www.lariahalexandria.comand check out her blog at www.accordingtolariah.com!
Bonnie Synclaire’s stories have received several awards from the Reflections® contests, including one at the state level. She published THE GENESIS FILES thriller series when she was 16 years old: novellas packed with suspense, espionage, and high stakes. She is now penning the realistic fiction series BLUE VALLEY NIGHTS: novels for young adults that tackle forgotten social issues with honesty, raw emotion, and resilience, plus fun elements of friendship, family trials, complex love, drama, and adventure. Bonnie is currently attending high school and will attend college in the fall. Follow her on instagram here:
A 17-year-old rising senior, Deborah is an accomplished writer, poet, education activist, and friend. She is intensely passionate about being a disrupter and catalytic force in the education system. Unleashing Your Innovative Genius: High School Redesigned is a "three-part advice book on the best ways to inspire creativity and jumpstart learning, all with the hope of education reform." She wrote this book because she is obsessed with helping people unlock their potential and realize just how powerful they are. You can connect with her and follow her journey on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Recently Michael got his master's in Urban Ministry and his hopes with writing is to use his words to inspire the youth. Writing has been a big part of his life since he was a junior in high school. Having freedom and creativity to build up worlds and stories with his pen and mind is beautiful to him. The genre Michael enjoys writing for is youth dystopian. His ultimate goal is to publish his works of fiction. Check in with him every week to read a new chapter of his story!
Riley is a poet, writer, and a polymer clay artist. She wrote her first book (under her pen name Riley Ross) Gormlessat the age of fifteen, and her second book, Midnight Luna, at sixteen. She continues to write poetry and her stories for the rest of her existence.
Meg finished writing her first novel at 15, and signed with her first agent at 16. Senior year, she was voted "Most Likely to Quietly Take Over The World." Her work has been published in journals including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (2017), and the forthcoming poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (2020). Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal. Her future plans are to keep writing, particularly young adult and speculative novels, as well as teach and mentor young writers.