Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series, the NERDS series, the Undertow Trilogy, and Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show. He’s worked in television development for Discovery Channel, TLC, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, where he co-created the animated series, Robotomy. HIs books have been translated into 22 languages around the world.
Julia DeVillers is the bestselling author of books including Liberty Porter, First Daughter and the Trading Faces series, co-authored with her identical twin sister. Her book My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller was made into the Disney Channel Original Movie Read it and Weep. She had a cameo as “Woman eating pizza who looks like she’s going to barf.” Her next book The Audition will be the first in a middle grade series with dancer Maddie Ziegler. Julia lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.
Adele Griffin is an award-winning author of several books for middle graders and older readers, including the lighthearted Oodlethunks series: Oona Finds an Egg, Steg-O-Normous, and Welcome to Camp Woggle. Her Young Adult novel Be True to Me will be published this June. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family and their elderly dog, Edith. Visit her at www.adelegriffin.com.
Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, Gimme a Call, and a bunch of other books for tweens and teens, including the Upside-Down Magic series, which she is cowriting with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters. Visit Sarah online at www.sarahm.com.
Elizabeth Eulberg is not a detective (or so she claims). She is, however, the internationally bestselling YA author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Better Off Friends. Elizabeth lives outside of Manhattan, where she spends her free time stalking English bulldogs in her neighborhood and filling her brain attic with random pop-culture facts. The Great Shelby Holmes is her middle-grade debut.
Stuart Gibbs is the Edgar-nominated author of the New York Times bestselling Spy School series, the Moon Base Alpha series, and the FunJungle series. He has also written screenplays, developed TV shows and studied capybaras. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit him online at stuartgibbs.com.
Varian Johnson is the author of five novels, including To Catch a Cheat, a Jackson Greene adventure; The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and Saving Maddie. He lives with his wife and daughters near Austin, Texas. Please visit his website at varianjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter at @varianjohnson.
Leslie Margolis is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including If I Were You, Girl’s Best Friend and Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion. She also wrote Boys Are Dogs, which was turned into the Disney Channel movie Zapped. Leslie lives in Los Angeles with two purple fish, one six-toed genius dog, and a few other people. She is thinking about getting a bearded dragon. Is this a good idea? Please visit her at lesliemargolis.com to share your thoughts on the matter.
Ronald L. Smith
Ronald L. Smith fell in love with books at a very young age and hasn't stopped reading since. He is the author of Hoodoo and The Mesmerist, and he lives in Baltimore, Maryland. To learn more, please visit strangeblackflowers.com.
Christina Soontornvat spent her childhood in small Texas towns, eagerly awaiting the fairies to come and kidnap her. They never came, but she still believes magical things can happen to ordinary people. When not writing, Christina hangs out in science museums and takes care of her own little goblins—ahem—children. She lives in Austin, Texas. The Changelings is her first novel. Visit her at www.soontornvat.com.
Born in Canada to professional musicians, Benny was studying the tiny brains of African knifefish at Oberlin College when he realized that his own brain was consumed not with research, but with the independent film he was animating. So Benny earned an MFA at CalArts, specializing in stop-motion and sand animation. His award-winning film, The ErlKing, screened at Sundance and The NYFF at Lincoln Center. Benny directed and starred as the title character in the BBC/CBC animated series Lunar Jim.
Benny has worked on tons of TV shows (including Robot Chicken) and features (including The LEGO Movie) and is the co-author (with Cam Baity) of the Books of Ore trilogy, published by Disney-Hyperion. He lives in Columbus.