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We're writers from different corners of the globe, united by our affinity for travel, costume parties, and writing and reading young adult fiction.

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Book(s): LIKE MANDARIN - Random House/Delacorte 2011; WANDERLOVE - Random House/Delacorte 2012; WATCH THE SKY and UNTITLED - Disney-Hyperion 2015 & 2016; CLOUDFOREST and RED ROCKS - Egmont USA 2016 & 2017
Location: San Diego
Favorite YA novel/author: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Feed by M.T. Anderson.
Most memorable travel experience(s): Sunrise atop a Mayan temple in Guatemala. Lake Tonle Sap in Cambodia. Clubbing in Serbia and Slovenia. Surprise wild dolphin dive in the Belize cayes. The Wyoming badlands! Flash monsoons in Thailand, Mexico, Central America, on boats, in bars and on foot. Every second in the Black Rock Desert.
Future Travel Wishlist: Everywhere.
Why YA?: The excitement.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Baby animals.
Agent: Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary

Book(s): NOBODY BUT US - HarperTeen 2013; EVERY LAST PROMISE - HarperTeen 2015
Location: Seattle
Favorite YA novel/author: Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son, both by Melina Marchetta. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Most memorable travel experience(s): Five weeks exploring Paris and environs: Normandy, Mont St. Michel, Monet's gardens. Christmas in New York City. Skiing Whistler, B.C. Disneyland at Halloween. Moody Scotland and brilliant Krakow. Walk/don't walk signs in East Berlin. Istanbul and the Turkish Aegean coast. Falling in love during sunsets around the world.
Future Travel Wishlist: Beach-hopping in Thailand. Horseback riding in rural Slovakia. Pastries and music in Vienna. Walking tours of Croatia. The Trans-Siberian Railroad start to finish. Quebec in late summer/early fall. Central American rainforests.
Why YA?: I love reading and writing firsts, discovery, identity, re-creation. I love teenage energy, hope, take-on-the-worldedness. Giddy YA romance.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Berthillon frais de bois or pistache ice cream. Tickets to a concert. Flowers, but not roses.

Book(s): BLEEDING EARTH - Egmont USA 2015
Location: New Hampshire
Favorite YA novel/author: Garth Nix, J.K. Rowling, Laini Taylor, Philip Pullman. & so many, many more.
Most memorable travel experience(s): Going to Italy, definitely. It’s amazing there. Even though I’m not Catholic, going to mass at St. Peter’s was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done, plus the Vatican museum, the Coliseum, everything else about Rome, it was all great. Plus I loved some of the places we visited in the countryside.
Future Travel Wishlist: I want to go to Rome again. I loved it. I’d also love to go somewhere in South America, definitely London, anywhere else in Europe too. And Egypt, to see the pyramids.
Why YA?: The minds of teenagers are awesome. They’re so much less jaded than adults, and that makes them fun to write about.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Potato chips. Or popcorn. Or steak. Or any dairy product.
Agent: Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency

Kate Hart

Book(s): AFTER THE FALL - Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2016
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Favorite YA novel/author: JK Rowling, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sherman Alexie, Laini Taylor, Sara Zarr, A.S. King, Libba Bray, Nova Ren Suma, Nina LaCour, Courtney Summers, Margo Lanagan, Matt de la Peña, Sarah McCarry, Stephanie Perkins, Cath Crowley
Most memorable travel experience(s): Waking up to howler monkeys on the Osa Peninsula; many road trips across the western US; falling in love with feta cheese in Greece; being told by a woman on a Paris street corner that I would get fat if I kept eating pastries; continuing to eat said pastries; buying wedding rings on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
Future Travel Wishlist: Around the US and Canada in an RV for months.
Why YA?: Because teen girls deserve to be taken seriously.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Craft supplies. Concert tickets. Empty notebooks, Cowboy boots.
Agent: Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary

Book(s): CHARM & STRANGE - St. Martin's Press 2013; COMPLICIT - St. Martin's Press 2014; DELICATE MONSTERS - St. Martin's Press 2015;
THE PRAGMATIST - Dutton 2016
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Favorite YA novel/author: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier; Nothing by Janne Teller; The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith; Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott; How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff; 47 by Walter Mosley
Most memorable travel experience(s): Taking a "Roadtrip of the Exes" during Spring break with a college friend. I got my driver's license three days before we left and we toured the country in an ancient Volvo that was partly held together by duct tape and string. The whole thing was as disastrous as it sounds, both physically and emotionally, but the American landscape was unforgettable.
Future Travel Wishlist: Patagonia. Italy. Fiji.
Why YA?: Adolescence is the time to question everything. I love that.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Bad horror movies from the eighties. Peet's coffee. Adorable puppy pictures!
Website/Twitter: / @stephkuehn / YAH posts
Agent: Michael Bourret of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management

Location: Washington, D.C.
Favorite YA novel/author: Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Hilary T. Smith, Gayle Forman, Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore
Most memorable travel experience(s): Experiencing every conceivable terrain, and the most gorgeous views I've ever witnessed, during a nine-hour trek of the Tongariro Alpine Pass in the north island of New Zealand.
Future Travel Wishlist: A tour of Scandenavia, hike around some Incan ruins in Chile, take a super high speed train in Japan.
Why YA?: YA lit is allowed to be anything---contemporary, sci-fi, historical, navel-gazing, revolutionizing, serious, goofy, swoony---but it can never be boring. And, YA has an underlying message of hope for the future that I find irresistible.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Milk chocolate-covered almond toffee mmmmm. Or Nintendo swag!
Website/Twitter: / @SarahEnni / YAH posts
Agent: Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company

Book(s): DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS - Harlequin Teen 2015
Location: Prescott, AZ
Favorite YA novel/author: Beautiful by Amy Reed, Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, the old Fear Street series by RL Stine, and that one YA novel by Stephen King. WAIT STEPHEN KING DOESN'T WRITE YA?! Well, damn it all.
Most memorable travel experience(s): Collecting a huge bag of sour gummy heaven from Dylan's Candy Store in NYC, as well as enjoying my friend's book launch and the neon lights of Times Square. Also, getting married in the Mandalay Bay in Vegas- best time EVER. 
Future Travel Wishlist: NYC again, Hawaii to visit family, or pretty much anywhere that has delicious cultural/regional cuisine for me to dig into.
Why YA? Because I wrote what I loved and it just so happened to turn out to be YA. Go figure.
If you're trying to butter me up send me: Sour candy, anything horror related, cookbooks, art supplies, or Lady Gaga. Yes, that's right. I want you to send me Lady Gaga.
Website/Twitter: moonbeams and ink stains / @amylukavics / YAH posts
Agent: Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary

Contributing Writers: 

Lee Bross 
Book(s): FATES and CHAOS (written as Lanie Bross) - Delacorte 2014 & 2015; TANGLED WEBS - Disney-Hyperion 2015; WISH RIGHT NOW (New Adult written as L. E. Bross) - Pocket Star 2016.
Location: Midcoast Maine

Lee is working on an UF YA novel with a vampire spin and a psychological YA about things not being as they seem.

Website/Twitter: / @Lee_Bross / YAH posts
Agent: Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency

Leila Austin

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Leila loves YA "because it is honest and compelling and brave like no other genre, because coming of age stories rock my world, and because I am trying to compensate for wasting my teenage years in libraries reading dictionaries when I should have been out having adventures."

Website/Twitter: / @thatleila / YAH posts

Sumayyah Daud

Book(s): BEGIN AGAIN - Dutton 2014
Location: Virginia

Sumayyah is an English literature student (of the medieval and early modern variety). She lives in the first and most relevant district and when she isn't studying or writing, she's attending to her cylon storm trooping duties. She also plans to one day own a hairless cat named Minion.

Website/Twitter: / @ / YAH posts
Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Book(s): MILA 2.0 - Harper Collins 2013, RENEGADE (MILA 2.0 #2) - 2014
Location: SoCal, baby!

Debra is a former physical therapist who much prefers torturing characters. She's particularly fond of sweets, adding random colors to her hair, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and teen TV. Please don't ask her to locate anything in her purse, aka "the black hole of doom." MILA 2.0 is her first novel in a sci-fi thriller trilogy.

Website/Twitter: / @DebraDriza / YAH posts
Agent: Taylor Martindale of Full Circle Literary

Emilia Plater 

Location: New York

Emilia is a YA author who avoids studying, food that isn't covered in cheese, and waking up before 10:30AM whenever possible. A bundle of confusions.
Website/Twitter: / @emiliaplater / YAH posts
Agent: Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary 

Location: Pueblo, CO

Kristin Otts is an aspiring YA author with an abiding love for her dog, ghost hunter tv shows, and rainy days. There are other semi-interesting facts about Kristin, too, but she is bad at bios and doesn't want to bore you - so let's just quit while we're ahead.

Website/Twitter: / @kbottsYAH posts
Agent: Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary 

Former/On Hiatus Members:

Michelle Schusterman writes books for kids, screenplays for a tv/film production company, and music for anyone who'd buy a "groove matters" bumper sticker. She lives in New York City with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She is the author of middle grade series I HEART BAND - 2013, and THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES - 2014 (both from Grosset).
Agent: Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary / YAH posts

Amanda Hannah grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco. / YAH posts

Phoebe North writes stories about aliens for teenagers. She loves both Star Trek and Star Wars and doesn't believe you should ever have to choose. She is the author of STARGLASS and STARBREAK, both from Simon & Schuster.
Agent: Amy Boggs of Donald Maass Literary Agency / YAH posts

Kody Keplinger is the NYT bestselling author of The DUFF - September 2010, SHUT OUT - September 2011, and A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE - Spring 2012, all from Little Brown/Poppy, as well as LYING OUT LOUD - April 2015, RUN - 2016, and middle grade novel THE SWIFT BOYS AND ME - 2014, all from Scholastic. Born and raised in Kentucky, she now lives in NYC.
Agent: Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary / YAH posts

Veronica Roth is the author of the NYT bestselling YA dystopian thrillers DIVERGENT, INSURGENT, and ALLEGIANT, all published by Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books. She's also a graduate of Northwestern University, a Christian, and A Tall Person, among other things.
Agent: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary / YAH posts

Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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