Our Authors

 

alexshoesAlex Banks doesn’t live on Planet Earth. Alex lives on the Prime Colony Ship orbiting Jupiter or on a pirate ship off the Nova Scotia coast, or on a world called Insulunda where the land masses shift and move like clouds in the sky. Wherever there are dreams to be charted like stars, or fun to be had just down the street . . . that’s where you’ll find Alex Banks.

(Alex Banks is a pen name for YA/NA author, Ali Cross)
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authorphoto-smShauna E. Black fell in love at an early age. Her first romances resided on the shelves of the mystery section in the library. She went through The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, and Sherlock Holmes before someone introduced her to The Chronicles of Prydain. This sparked an enduring love for wizards, dragons, magic, and all things fantasy that Shauna still enjoys today. She always has her head in the clouds and her nose in a book. She lives in the high desert of the southwest with the other loves of her life: her husband and four children. She likes to drag them along on springtime hiking adventures to the many Anasazi ruins near her home, where she finds inspiration for her writing. She also likes to bake bread, do anything artsy, and travel to exotic locations to collect wind chimes.

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profile picMikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as adult. On occasion you’ll find him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is an award-winning author and and has published nine picture books including BEAN’S DRAGONS and ABC ADVENTURES: MAGICAL CREATURES. His middle-grade books include the fantasy-adventure trilogy, THE DREAM KEEPER CHRONICLES, THE STONE OF VALHALLA, and THE GATES OF ATLANTIS: BATTLE FOR ACROPOLIS. He spends most of his time playing with his four kiddos and working as a freelance illustrator and cover designer. Mikey has a BS degree in Creative Writing from Utah State University and a member of the Emblazoners (a group of authors dedicated to writing stories on the hearts of children). He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast.

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small lois professional photoLois Brown’s  love of all things fantastical began at an early age when her five older brothers made her watch television shows such as “Dr. Who” and “Lost in Space.” (Yes, the originals.) Her passion for science fiction continued when, at age 12, she spent an entire summer buying “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” collector cards. She used her babysitting money earned over an entire year to get a full set. Now she likes to write her own books that spark the imagination. Her first novel, CYCLES, was a top 5 finalist of The Kindle Book Review’s “Best Indie Books of 2012.” Its sequel, SPACES, promises to be just as delightful.

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5598715f95e40ad8986cb0.L._V135733369_SY470_When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, one adorable granddaughter, two cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the GINNIE WEST ADVENTURE series.

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98Cordelia Dinsmore enjoys writing on the edge of the dark side, owing to her many years as a foster parent and seeing the trauma many of our young people experience in their lives. She also loves to dabble in rhyming picture books when an idea wriggles into her head and won’t leave. She’s spent most of her life following her husband from pillar to post as he pursued a military career. She lives with her family on a small farm in the Midwest, surrounded by fields and an array of pets, the strangest of which is a cat that will only come out of hiding when Cordelia sings a song by the Everly Brothers. We all have our quirks!

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0451111Michelle Isenhoff writes fantasy and historical fiction for kids as old as 91. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She’s also placed as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Book Awards, a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and earned a Readers’ Favorite 5 Star seal of approval. A former teacher and current homeschooler, Michelle has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work, which is regularly purchased for classroom use.

When Michelle isn’t writing adventures, she’s probably off on one. She loves roller coasters, big dogs, high school football games, cycling, swimming in big waves, old graveyards, and wearing flip-flops all winter.

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20010002Stephanie Jefferson is a lover of story. She pretty much loves any kind of story well told,  but her favorite is action/adventure. Whether she’s writing tales of the ancient past or fast forwarding to the far future, she likes to keep things moving. In her recent past, Stephanie worked as a licensed psychologist for kids and teens. Now she writes tales of courage and strength for that special segment of folks, ‘Tweens. Stephanie lives with her husband and bossy cairn terrier, Mr. Jenkins, in the mountains of Arizona.

Stephanie is not that difficult to find, but I warn you, she hangs out in some weird places. To make it a little easier to connect with her just use the links below.

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lynnprofileLynn Kelley worked as a court reporter for 25 years while she and her husband, George, raised their four little rascals, but nowadays she’s a goofball in the highest degree who’s susceptible to laughing jags. She tries to control herself out in public, but it’s not easy. She’ll jump at any excuse to wear funky get-ups. For instance, making wacky YouTube videos, entertaining her grandkids, or hanging out at  a costume party.

Her first chapter book, Curse of the Double Digits, debuted in October 2012. Under the pseudonym BBH McChiller she’s co-author of the fun, spooky Monster Moon mystery series for ages 8 to 12. Curse at Zala Manor is Book 1, Secret of Haunted Bog is Book 2, and Legend of Monster Island is Book 3.

She recently became a Master Certified Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

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AnshaKotykAnsha Kotyk lives in Massachusetts where she writes upper middle grade stories full of adventure in the modern day with a twist of fantasy. What that fantastical twist is… well, it depends on what her cat whispers in her ear while she’s writing.

Her characters have strong family ties, and value their friendships. They also seem to get into a great deal of trouble and meet some seriously evil bad guys in their stories.

GANGSTERLAND, her first novel, spent 3 weeks in the top 10 of Hot New Releases in children’s books about bullies, is a story about a boy, a bully and a magical comic book that transports its readers to the gangster era of the 1920′s. Book #2 in the Ink Portal series follows the friends on a Geo-caching treasure hunt in a mysterious haunted mountain range, Apocalypse Junction will be out later this year.

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Sharon Ledwith HeadshotSharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Mirror World Publishing.

When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch.

Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

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Final_300x300L. R. W. Lee fell in love with the fantasy genre at age 8 when she read C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. That style of fantasy with multiple plot layers hooked her and she determined one day to write her own fantasy book. While she had the inspiration, Life put writing on the back burner until after she had founded, grown and sold a multi-million dollar business in January 2012. With writing time now available, she embarked upon her personal challenge.

She weaves throughout her story line uncommon life principles–overcoming frustration, impatience, and fear as well as the virtues of responsibility, diligence, and dignity which are the keys to true success in life. She hopes her readers lives will be better for having spent a few hours with her and her stories.

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Emblazon headshotLia London started writing sketches for school assemblies in the fourth grade and continued to write on-demand scripts for the next 30 years.  She grew up to be a high school English teacher.  She has loved working with and writing for teens ever since.  Recently, she began a collaborative fiction website where readers give significant input while she writes a novel (still the on-demand idea, really).  These fantasy and/or science fiction stories are geared towards Young Adult readers and always promote ideals like loyalty, integrity, courage and reaching out to people who are different in some way.

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head shot image extra crop colorChristina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She’s also an accountant, a certified herbalist, and a beekeeper. Her Tween/Teen Fantasy ARROW OF THE MIST placed in the Semi-Finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Its sequel ARMS OF ANU continues the adventure. Christina also took Writer’s Best in Show at her SCBWI Regional Conference for her Young Adult novel HONEY QUEEN. She enjoys life in the Sierra foothills with her husband and sons, a pack of large dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

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20111210_ABS_1296[1]Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then.  “The Super Spies and the Pied Piper” is the second book in the “Super Spies” series. Her first book was published in March of 2012 and it has received rave reviews.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side.  The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on a Coming of Age Young Adult Novel. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

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DRobertPease500x500D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters.

D. Robert lives in the gray-skied world of Northeast Ohio with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of pets, all of whom are smarter than he is.

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SherriePetersen-SmallSherrie Petersen was born in Ohio, grew up in Southern California and spent the first half of her married life in Arizona. But her heart still longs for the Pacific Northwest. She has visited most of the continental United States (only 9 states left to discover!) but she’s really looking forward to the day when she can visit the moon.

In addition to writing middle grade novels, she moonlights as a graphic designer, substitute teacher, freelance writer, school newspaper advisor, yearbook advisor and mother of two children. When she isn’t reading, kayaking or watching Dr. Who, you can probably find her in the kitchen baking something sweet. She is currently working on a sequel to her debut novel, Wish You Weren’t.

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CynthiaPortCynthia Port lives in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southern Indiana with her husband, two daughters, and a head brimming with stories.  Her first novel, Kibble Talk, was published toward the end of 2013.  Book 2 in the series, Dog Gone Dinky, was published in 2014.  The Kibble Talk series hooks middle grade readers with its silly humor, but just under the surface are heartfelt messages about acceptance and not taking others for granted.

While young readers may come for the laughs and adventure, they stay for the experience of stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing how they treat others when faced with a challenge.

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Susan Kaye Quinn webSusan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, got a bunch of engineering degrees (including a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering) and worked everywhere from NASA to NCAR. She designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says “Author and Rocket Scientist,” but she mostly sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets paid to make stuff up. All her engineering skills come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mindpowers, future dystopic worlds, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement. Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.

Susan is the author of the bestselling YA SF Mindjack series. She has a middle grade fantasy, Faery Swap, heading for publication as well.

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IMG_3925_2Kathryn Sant is a retired obstetrician who has witnessed the births of thousands of future readers. She has published a middle-grade novel, Desert Chase (Scholastic), and under the pseudonym BBH McChiller she is a co-author of the fun, spooky Monster Moon mystery series. Curse at Zala Manor is Book 1, Secret of Haunted Bog is Book 2, and Legend of Monster Island is Book 3. She is currently working on two middle-grade boys’ adventure novels and the next Monster Moon book.

Her interest in adventure, research, and genealogy has led to a love of world travel, exotic adventures, and museums of all kinds. But she also enjoys quiet evenings reading with her dogs at her side.

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Elise-Biz-CloseupElise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate young teens to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence.

The stories in the Cassidy Jones Adventures series are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds.

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TuckerPenny1010smAlan Tucker , author of The Mother-Earth Series (A Measure of Disorder, A Cure for Chaos, and Mother’s Heart), as well as a new science fiction series, beginning with Knot in Time, is a dad, a graphic designer, and a soccer coach. Mostly in that order. He’s had a lifelong adoration of books, beginning with Encyclopedia Brown, progressing through Alan Dean Foster’s Flinx, and continuing on with the likes of Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine and Naomi Novik, to name a few.

“I wanted to write books that I’d enjoy reading. Books that I hoped my kids would enjoy too!”

Visit his website for more information about his books. View maps, watch trailers, see reviews and much more!

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Krista Wayment has been making up stories since she learned to talk. Writing naturally grew out of that. She wrote her first complete story in 5th grade, and never stopped. Krista is an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, and a total nerd. She is also a software engineer and loves playing video games. Although, curling up with a good book is still one of her favorite past times.

Krista mostly writes Science Fiction and Fantasy for Middle Grade readers. But she has plans for works for Young Adults and Adults as well. Her current projects include the Dragons’ Trust Series and humorous middle grade science fiction adventure and other super top secret things. To learn more, check out her website and subscribe to her fan mailing list.

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Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close, but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve, at BYU, and they have six happy, crazy children who encourage her to keep writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next. She has published six books in a year, and her mind is still reeling from the awesomeness. Her books include The Princess and the Prom Queen; Magicians of the Deep; the Luck series–Stolen Luck, Twist of Luck, Best of Luck, and Just My Luck, a novella; and the upcoming YA fantasy, Endless.

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