Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman writes books for kids, screenplays for a Manhattan-based TV/film production company, and music for anyone who’d buy a “groove matters” bumper sticker. Her middle grade series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of middle school band geeks, I HEART BAND (Penguin/Grosset), is launching in January 2014, and her paranormal series THE EX-KAT FILES, about a girl who travels around the world blogging a behind-the-scenes look at her father’s ghost-hunting web show, only to learn the show has a sinister and mysterious past that threatens them all, is launching summer of 2015 (also Penguin/Grosset).

Michelle moved from New Orleans to Dallas to Salvador to Seoul to Seattle and has finally landed in New York City, where she currently lives with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She blogs more middle grade musings on From the Mixed-Up Files, and she thinks the M train is pretty much the perfect place to read. You can find her tweeting and tumblring when she should be writing.

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Amanda Hannah

Amanda Hannah grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.

She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

When not writing stories she can be found hanging around YAHighway, the 2011 BBAW award-winning blog she co-founded and contributes to, and seaglass hunting on the Andalucia coast.

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Contributors

Jean Wogaman

Jean Wogaman writes and illustrates middle grade fiction.  When not engaged in family activities or at her office day job at a non-profit in Bethesda, Maryland, Jeanie can be found reading, writing, drawing, or painting under the watchful eyes of four lively gerbils in her home studio in Washington, DC. Jeanie’s short fiction has appeared in Pockets magazine. She is currently readying her first novel (with sample illustrations) for submission to literary agents and writing the first draft of her third.

As an illustrator, Jeanie has worked primarily in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and pencils (both color and plain old graphite). She recently discovered the blissfully forgiving nature of digital illustration and is delighted by the scratchboard-like effects she can so easily achieve. She looks forward to a future simplified with Photoshop and an Intuos 4 tablet. Jeanie’s portfolio can be found at www.jeanwogaman.com. Keep up with her current projects and process on her blog at http://jeanwogaman.blogspot.com.

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Lalitha Nataraj

Lalitha Nataraj grew up in southern California, where she was deprived of moody winters complete with snuggly fishermen’s sweaters and wellingtons. Still, she wouldn’t live anywhere else. Her passions lie in promoting multicultural literature for children and young adults and digital literacy. You can find Lalitha blogging about diversity in children’s and young adult literature, and other random (sometimes library related…sometimes not) stuff at Masala Reader.

Lalitha lives in San Diego with her husband, their two rambunctious little boys, and their much put-upon cat. When she’s not doing library stuff, she loves spending time with her dudes, reading, traveling the world, listening to live indie music (she’s a fan of Britpop and morose shoegazers), and of course, meeting new people.

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John Rea-HedrickJohn Rea-Hedrick’s earliest writing memories involve transcribing his favorite Saturday morning cartoons using a portable tape recorder and an old manual typewriter.  Later, in junior high, he put those skills to good use writing stories about himself and his friends then reading them aloud around the lunch table. (These tales rarely ended well for the kids he didn’t like.)

When he’s not earning a living at his Fortune 500 IT day job or spending time with his family, he can be found in his den, slowly transcribing the lives, words and deeds of the myriad people living inside his head.  You can find some of his ramblings about writing and other stuff on his blog here:  http://perspectives.rea-hedrick.com or follow some of his shorter rambling on Twitter.

He lives in Greenwood, Indiana with his wife (the “Rea” in his hyphenated last name), their four children and one incontinent poodle.

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