James Klise is the author of Love Drugged, which won a Stonewall honor and received glowing reviews. He lives in Chicago, where he works as a high-school librarian. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, Ascent, and Southern Humanities Review. The Art of Secrets is his second novel.
Kate Klise is the author of the Three-Ring Rascals series, as well as numerous other middle-grade and picture books illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Their recent series, 43 Old Cemetery Road, has been nominated for reading awards in sixteen states and is a Junior Library Guild selection.
M. Sarah Klise
M. Sarah Klise is the illustrator of the Three-Ring Rascals series, as well as numerous other middle-grade and picture books written by her sister, Kate Klise. Their recent series, 43 Old Cemetery Road, has been nominated for reading awards in sixteen states and is a Junior Library Guild selection.
Chris Lynch is the author of many acclaimed young adult novels, including Little Blue Lies, Pieces, Angry Young Man, the National Book Award Finalist Inexcusable, and the Printz Honor Book Freewill. Chris is on the faculty of the creative writing MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When he's not teaching or visiting with family in Boston, he lives in Scotland.
Samantha MabrySamantha Mabry grew up in Texas playing bass guitar along to vinyl records, writing fan letters to rock stars, and reading big, big books, and credits her tendency toward magical thinking to her Grandmother Garcia, who would wash money in the kitchen sink to rinse off any bad spirits. She teaches writing and Latino literature at a community college in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband, a historian, and her pets, including a cat named Mouse. A Fierce and Subtle Poison is her first novel.
Lisa Martin has worked as an educator and children’s poet and currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. She co-wrote Anton and Cecil: Cats At Sea with her aunt, Valerie Martin. The Anton and Cecil series is their first for young readers.
Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin is the author of eleven acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.
Andrew McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestselling travel memoir, The Longest Way Home. He is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine. He is also an actor and director. He lives in New York City with his wife, three children, two fish, and one dog. Just Fly Away is his first novel.
James McMullan is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of books for adults and young readers. He has been internationally recognized for his seventy posters for Lincoln Center Theater. McMullan received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award in 2002 for the picture book I Stink! and was also awarded with the Society of Illustrator's prestigious Hamilton King Award. He is the author and illustrator of Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.
Maria Padian is a graduate of Middlebury College (BA) and the University of Virginia (MA). She is a freelance writer, essayist, and author of young adult novels, including Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress, Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best, and Out of Nowhere. Maria lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine.