Janet Gurtler - Janet lives deliciously close to the Rocky Mountains,in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son and an adopted Chihuahua named Bruce. She does not play hockey, or live in an igloo but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot. Janet spends most of her days with her laptop on her lap.

I'm Not Her was Janet’s first YA release with Sourcebooks Teen Fire. If I Tell releases October, 2011 also from Sourcebooks. Janet is currently writing her third contemporary novel, coming in 2012! You can contact Janet through her website at

April Henry - When April was 12, she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children's author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he helped it get published in an international children's magazine.

Her dream of writing went dormant until she was in her 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Now she's a New York Times bestselling author who makes a living doing what she loves. She has written eleven novels for adults and teens. April’s thrillers for teens include Girl, Stolen; Shock Point and TorchedThe Night She Disappeared will be published in April 2012. Her website is

Denise Jaden - Denise is, or has been, everything from a professional Polynesian dancer and fitness competitor to a mushroom farmer and church secretary. Most of her time now is spent homeschooling or playing with her seven year old son or in front of her computer writing.

Denise Jaden's short fiction has appeared in Mississippi Crow Magazine and The Greensilk Journal, among other publications. Her first contemporary novel for teens, Losing Faith, was released from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in September 2010, with her second one, Never Enough, expected out in July, 2012.

She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son. You can find Denise on the web at

Lindsey Leavitt - Lindsey is a former elementary school teacher and present day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, that Las Vegas. No, she can't get you into a club. She is the author of Princess For Hire series and Sean Griswold's Head. Her next contemporary YA novel, Authentically Vintage, will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2013. You can find her on the web at

Lisa Schroeder - Lisa is the author of four young adult novels including Chasing Brooklyn, a 2011 Texas Tayshas selection and 2011 RWA Rita finalist, and her most recent release, The Day Before (both with Simon Pulse). She's also published two middle grade novels, It's Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets. Her web site is

Lydia Sharp
- Lydia is a short-story author, novelist, blogger, and book reviewer. She believes cupcakes are the key to surviving anything life throws at you, good or bad. You can find more about her at her website, connect with her on twitter, and follow her book obsession on goodreads.

Kristina Springer
 - Kristina is the author of The EsspressologistMy Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours, and Just Your Average Princess. She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and she resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children. Visit Kristina on the web at or on twitter.

Melissa Walker - Melissa is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She co-founded I Heart Daily with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa in 2009. She lives in Brooklyn and has a BA in English from Vassar College. Melissa is the author of the Violet on the Runway trilogy (Penguin), Lovestruck Summer (HarperTeen), and Small Town Sinners (Bloomsbury). You can find her on the web at

Sara Bennett Wealer - Sara grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (the "Little Apple") where she sang with the show choir and wrote for her high school newspaper. She majored in vocal performance at the University of Kansas before deciding she had no business trying to make a career as an opera singer. She transferred to journalism school, where nobody cares if you hit a high C or convincingly portray a Valkyrie.

Sara now lives in Cincinnati with her husband and daughters, and she still sings when her schedule allows--most recently with the May Festival Chorus, the official choir of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Her debut novel, Rival, was released in February, 2011, by HarperTeen. Her work also appears in HarperCollins' Dear Bully anthology. Visit her at

Alecia Whitaker - Alecia grew up on a small farm in Kentucky where she learned more about growing tobacco and cattle than the average gal. Her first book, The Queen of Kentucky, is a little bit Taylor Swift, a little bit Judy Blume, and a whole lotta Friday Night Lights. It releases January 2012 by Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown. Alecia is busy working on her 2nd novel while she and her husband raise a mischievous and rapidly growing one-year-old boy in New York City, worlds away from the childhood she remembers. Alecia's web site is