Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers and a newly minted M.S. in digital publishing graduate. When she isn't voraciously devouring the latest and greatest in speculative fiction, or swamped in papers and proposals, she can be found blogging, watching bad horror movies and concocting general plans toward world domination.
Jennie is the leader of the San Francisco FYA book club and an old-school member of the L.J. Smith fandom. When she's not reading or talking about reading, she cooks obsessively, runs an Etsy shop, thrifts for vintage everything and practices law.
J. Kingston Pierce is a longtime Seattle journalist and editor of the crime-fiction blog The Rap Sheet, which has won the Spinetingler Award and been nominated for an Anthony Award. He also writes the book-design blog Killer Covers and serves as the senior editor of January Magazine. Pierce is the author of more than half a dozen nonfiction books, including San Francisco: Yesterday & Today (2009), Eccentric Seattle (2003) and America’s Historic Trails with Tom Bodett (1997). He’s currently at work (oh, so slowly) on his first novel.
Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs film screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse. Tired of feeling like a creepy old lady in the bookstore YA section, she created Forever Young Adult to provide grown-ups with a community where they can gush about young adult literature without shame. In addition to crushing on fictional teenage boys, Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).
A combination of factors prompted Leila Roy to start expressing her passion for YA books at Bookshelves of Doom in 2004: she’d just moved back to Maine, was missing her friends and was working at a way-boring job. Seven years later—after her wedding, starting library school, buying a house, starting a garden (and in doing so, an inadvertent War With Nature) and finding a way-not-boring job—she’s got a little less reading time, but is still going strong.
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