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!
For 2016, we are excited to host: Kristen Simmons, Wendy Higgins, Kara Thomas, Miranda Kenneally, Elizabeth Briggs, and Nicola Yoon.
Kristen Simmons is the author of The Article 5 series, The Glass Arrow, and Metaltown. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jassercize in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published fantasy See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full-time and lives with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor's in creative writing from George Mason University and a master's in curriculum instruction from Radford University.
Kara Thomas is the author of The Darkest Corners, coming April 2016 from Random House/Delacorte. The Darkest Corners is a Junior Library Guild selection and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin's Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor. Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and a rescue cat.
Miranda Kenneally grew up in Manchester, Tennessee, a quaint little town where nothing cool ever happened until after she left. Now Manchester is the home of Bonnaroo. Growing up, Miranda wanted to become an author, a major league baseball player, a country music singer, or an interpreter for the United Nations. Instead, she became an author who works for the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. and once served as George Bush's armrest during a meeting. She enjoys reading and writing young adult literature and loves Star Trek, music, sports, Mexican food, Twitter, coffee, and her husband.
Elizabeth Briggs graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology. She is the author of the young adult Future Shock and its forthcoming sequel Future Threat as well as the new adult series Chasing the Dream. She lives in LA with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.
Nicola Yoon believes in love, is a hopeless romantic, and a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team. She is the author of Everything, Everything and the forthcoming The Sun is Also a Star.