Kate is the editorial director of Australian publishing house Lakewater Press, runs a freelance editing business, and is an award-winning middle grade author. She has mentored new writers as part of Pitch Wars, Nest Pitch, and FicFest. Originally from a small village in south-east England, she now lives with her tribe of males on the Gold Coast in Australia. She's been a blogger for YAtopia for a few years and now coordinates and interviews guests for the Guestopia spot each month.
Well-known for her fantastic taste in shoes, Sharon has actually been stalked by women wanting to know where she got her high heels from. She invites you to read her personal blog and she is a Twitter fiend so follow her @S_M_Johnston.
Fiona McLaren is a scriptwriter, editor with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, freelance editor, and author. She is always looking for unique perspectives on common knowledge and loves to dig into history, myths, culture and science, or any mixture thereof. Her children are two loving German Shepherds – Hugo and Harry, and her silly horse Roger.
Throughout her formative years, Fiona could often be found scribbling away in notepads, reading Encyclopedias or inventing things from toilet roll tubes and macaroni. Needless to say, her creative talents have now progressed into more literary endeavors. She's a misplaced girl from the wind-torn hills of her Scottish home, and now lives a love-affair life with the sun-filled island of Cyprus. The most important things in her life are her family, boys, fiance, and lots and lots of books!
Emily G. Moore
When she’s not telling “Mommy Made stories” to her two daughters or nagging her husband to edit her latest kid lit manuscript, she can be found off-roading in her suped-up ATV, swimming, or in a long, plot-refreshing bubble bath. She tweets @egmoorewriter, posts on Facebook, and blogs at www.emilygmoorewriter.blogspot.com
She also blogs at http://www.sarahnicolas.com/ and is obsessed with Twitter, so she'd love for you to follow her @sarah_nicolas. Tumblr is her newest favorite distraction.
In addition to writing, she loves reading, crocheting, TV watching, running, and CrossFit. But to fit in all that fun, she has to multitask. Anyone up for a round of read-cro-TV-run-Fit? You can join that crazy fun and vicariously living on her website www.sarahtiptonbooks.com or connect with her on Facebook.
YAtopia was founded by Sharon, Sarah, and the following YAtopian retirees, who still come visit for YAtopian National holidays.
Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in her 20s. Her debut novel, Carrier of the Mark, was published by HarperTeen in September 2011. You can check it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.
She can be found lurking in cyberspace on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Inkpop, and many more. You can find out more about Leigh at http://www.leighfallon.com/
Represented by: Tina Wexler - ICM (International Creative Management), New York.
Chanelle Gray is an author and book reviewer from London. Her debut novel My Heart Be Damned will be published in Fall 2012. Add it to Goodreads here.
Chanelle blogs at Beyond Words and also uses twitter. She is represented by Victoria Marini of the Gelfman and Schneider Lit agency.
You can continue to follow her writing journey on her personal blog and Twitter.
Ryan Greenspan is a self-proclaimed few quirks short of an oddball, which he thinks is probably why he mostly writes zany stories for middle-grade readers. He lives in the great white north of Winnipeg, Canada where it's so very cold and snowy that he has to snowshoe in his toque and parka to university every day. It's there that he studies English in hopes of becoming a middle school teacher. When he's not writing, he's playing hockey, playing with his beagle, watching reality TV, or cooking vegetarian food. He likes to write about superheroes and science and is working toward the goal of writing the next big middle-grade series. Follow him on Twitter @TheHeraldRyanG or check out his new blog at http://theamazingwriterman.blogspot.com!
Davey earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from UNCG and works at the Lexington Public Library in Davidson County as their Teen Specialist and Technology Guru.
Suzanne van Rooyen