Each year, we offer teens across the country a chance to talk with authors of popular YA books in real time video chats. Our author committee is currently hard at work on the line-up for 2016!
In 2015, we were privileged to host:
When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth.
Jessica Brody is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy: Unremembered, Unforgotten, and Unchanged. Her books have been translated and published in over 20 countries and Unremembered is currently in development as a major motion picture. Sometimes she wishes her memories could be erased so she could reread all her favorite books for the first time. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.
Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @JessicaBrody.
New York Times bestseller Jennifer Niven is the author of eight books. Her most recent is All the Bright Places—her first novel for young adult readers— which tells the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. All the Bright Places is the #1 Kids' Indie Next Book for Winter '14-'15, an Amazon.com editor's Pick/Best Book of the Month, and a New York Times bestseller. The foreign rights have sold to thirty-four territories, and the movie rights have been optioned with Elle Fanning attached to star. As a companion to the book, Jennifer has created Germ, a web magazine for and run by girls (and boys) — high school and beyond — that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in between. Her previous books include four novels for adults—American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive—as well as three nonfiction books—The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries.
For more information, visit JenniferNiven.com and GermMagazine.com or find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but she decided to become a science fiction writer instead. Her favorite place to write is her apartment, and she has reverted back to being a lover of print books after a brief flirtation with (and expensive destruction of) an e-reader. Her debut novel, INSIGNIA, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels VORTEX and CATALYST have received stars from Kirkus and Booklist. She's chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon.
S.J. Kincaid can be found online at http://sjkincaid.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @SJKincaidBooks.