Lara Avery is the author of A Million Miles Away, Anything But Ordinary and The Memory Book. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she is a contributor at Revolver and at work on her next novel.
Bernard Beckett, born in 1967, is a high school teacher based in Wellington, New Zealand, where he teaches Drama, Mathematics and English. Genesis was written while he was on a Royal Society genetics research fellowship investigating DNA mutations. Genesis won the Young Adult Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2007 and the 2007 Esther Glen award.
Sage Blackwood worked for many years as a teacher in Alaska, and now writes full-time. Jinx: The Wizard's Apprentice is her first fantasy novel.
Alexandra Bracken is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger, Wayfarer and The Darkest Minds series, which is available throughout the world in over fifteen languages. After selling her debut novel in college, Alex worked in children's publishing for several years before leaving to write full time. She now lives in Arizona, where she was born and raised. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @alexbracken
Gemma Burgess is the author of two bestselling novels for adults: The Dating Detox and A Girl Like You. She also writes screenplays and features for fashion magazines. Gemma grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and worked for ten years as a creative copywriter in advertising in London. She now lives in New York.
Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and has received numerous awards including 11 Grammy nominations. He was ranked number one rap artist of 2000-2009 by Billboard magazine. In addition to his music and business ventures, he established the G-Unity Foundation to support the academic enrichment of students in low-income or underserved communities.
Crystal Cestari is a California native who has yet to adjust to Chicago winters after twenty some odd years. Her hobbies include avoiding broccoli, and breaking into song and dance with her daughter. She holds a master's degree in mass communication, and writes all her stories longhand.
Lil Chase has a first class degree in Creative Writing and works as an Editor in London. Having been a pub cook and even suffered a brief stint in Disneyland Paris, she settled on a career in her first love - telling stories. BOYS FOR BEGINNERS started its life as a novel, written in pencil, complete with drawings, when Lil was just 11. Lil lives with Stella - a fox crossed with a rat, who masquerades as a dog. Visit her online at www.lilchase.com.
Alison Cherry is a natural redhead, and Cherry is her real surname. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera productions. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Red is her first book.
Cat Clarke is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven YA novels. She was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two ninja cats and two decidedly non-ninja cocker spaniels.
Sharon Cohen loves to explore themes of 'ancient' and 'cutting edge' and intertwines these elements into her stories. After graduating with a first-class science degree and a doctorate earned catching swans and studying their parasites, Sharon became a scientific writer. Her passion for children's fiction emerged following the birth of her first son and she completed the Open University Children's Literature course, gaining a distinction. She has three children and lives with her husband, an ex-international sprinter. THE STARMAN AND ME is her debut novel.
Katie Cotugno lives in Boston. How to Love is her first novel.
Juno Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of DOCTOR WHO. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing bands before writing for a Brighton newspaper. Until recently, Juno worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHE. She is most proud of her work surrounding anti-bullying and family diversity. In 2014 she became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.Visit Juno's website at www.junodawson.com
Leander Deeny was born in New York, to Irish parents, in 1980. He completed a degree at Oxford University where he edited Isis Magazine, was president of the Oxford Revue and a member of OUDS. After university he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is now working as an actor, currently in roles at the Globe. He lives in South East London
Amber Lee Dodd
Amber Lee Dodd was born and grew up on the island city of Portsmouth, where she rode the waltzers, swam in the winter sea and lost her wellies in the marshes. Now she spends most of her time poking around second hand and charity shops for fabulous old hats, that's when she's not writing plays and stories.Her plays have been performed at Chichester Festival Theatre, the New Theatre Royal and the Edinburgh Fringe. Her stories have been published around the world and broadcast on BBC radio 4.
John Fardell is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. John's cartoon work has appeared in many publications, including the adult comic Viz, where his creations 'The Modern Parents' and 'The Critics' are two of the most popular and long-running strips. He lives in Edinburgh
Lisa Glass lives in Newquay, Cornwall, with her husband, daughters and dog. Lisa is part of the team behind Vulpes Libris which was selected by the Observer as one of the best literary blogs in the UK. She is also working as a producer of Bluer Than the Sky, the forthcoming film adaptation of her young adult beach novel, Blue.
Che Golden spent her childhood between Blarney, Co Cork and London. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing course and worked for a number of years as a journalist and senior reporter in Dublin before running her own Irish ezine. Aside from writing, Che is absolutely passionate about horses and has recently bought a Highland Pony for her two children.
Katie Grant has written several books of historical fiction. She is also a journalist and broadcaster, currently writing a weekly column for the Ecosse Section of the Sunday Times. She is a columnist on the Scottish Daily Mail, whilst producing pieces or features for other papers as required, when not deep in a novel. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and three children.
Jennifer Gray is a former lawyer and now writes children's comedy. Her other work includes the Atticus Claw series. She lives in central London and Scotland with her family. Amanda Swift is a former actress. She has written for several children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and dramatised two Jacqueline Wilson books for Radio 4. She has written three novels for the 9+ age group. She lives in south-east London.