Like yesterday, I'm going to post the covers and bios of the authors who spoke last night, and again, I'm going to mention that five more authors from the retreat will be chatting tonight at 8 p.m. EST here. I'm not saying who, but these are the authors who have yet to appear on the chat and will appear either tonight or tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST:
1. Jackson Pearce (SISTERS RED, SWEETLY)
2. me. (me)
3. Tessa Gratton (BLOOD MAGIC, coming May)
4. Natalie Standiford (CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS, HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT)
5. Carrie Ryan (FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH)
6. Jeri Smith-Ready (SHADE, WICKED GAME)
7. Julie Kagawa (THE IRON KING)
8. Julia Karr (XVI)
9. Jenny Moss (SHADOW, TAKING OFF)
10. Sonia Gesler (THE REVENANT)
11. Dawn Metcalf (LUMINOUS)
Julia Karr - Julia Karr was born in Indiana, and moved to Chicago when she was fifteen. After the initial culture shock of going from quiet, small town living to Carl Sandburg's "stormy, husky, brawling" metropolis, she fell madly in love with the city. Her schooling in the art of writing came from reading voraciously. While students were being forced to read the classics, Julia was busy going on author binges. As a young mother, reading books to, and eventually with, her daughters, she fell head-over-heels for children's literature. Not a far stretch for someone who had loved reading since the age of three. While still working a nine-to-five job, after hours Julia can be found at home, sitting on the couch tapping out stories on her laptop, with one of several cats draped behind her and her dogs sleeping nearby.
Jackie Dolamore - Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.
Sarah Darer Littman - Sarah Darer Littman, writer, mother, and unpaid chauffeur, is a living example of the cliche, "Life Begins at 40." After spending much of her adult life doing things she didn't really plan to, including such diverse occupations as financial analyst and farmer's wife, she at long last found her true calling as a writer. Her first book, CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC won the 2006 Sydney Taylor Award for Older Readers. She indulges her adult voice as a columnist for the Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time newspapers.
Kiersten White - Like most adults, Kiersten was once a teenager. However, Kiersten never outgrew it--literally. Standing at a daunting 4'11", Kiersten decided to write to her height peer group. Everyone knows that teenagers have more fun. Turns out writing for teenagers is more entertaining, too. Born and raised in Utah, Kiersten was lucky enough to marry a native San Diegan and be adopted into the fish taco and beach culture. A stay-at-home mom and full-time writer (if you count scraping in whatever hours she can after her kids go to bed as full-time), Kiersten lives with her wonderful husband and two adorable children in San Diego, CA. She's currently twenty-six, but that's bound to change next year.
Desperate for entertainment, Kiersten started writing shortly after having her first baby and hasn't stopped since. Being an author is quite literally a dream come true for a girl who spent every free childhood moment reading, and still spends most of her moments (free or otherwise) daydreaming.
Brenna Yovanoff - Brenna's good at soccer, violent video games, and making very flaky pie pastry.Brenna's bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. She suspects this is because she is short, and also terrible at sounding as though she have any idea what she's talking about.
She was homeschooled until she was fifteen, which has probably affected her world view in ways she can't fathom.
Also, she really, really likes parentheses. (Really.)