Our authors are the heart and soul of kt literary and we’re thrilled to work with all of them.
Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in the wilds of Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, eating chocolate, and writing more books. You can visit her website at http://susanadrian.blogspot.com.
Since about the time she learned to read, Sara Beitia has been captivated by stories and storytelling. Though writing has been her unwavering interest, a motley career path— including field worker, legal secretary, store clerk, newspaper editor and bookkeeper, with a college degree in creative writing and philosophy from the College of Idaho in 2003 thrown somewhere in the middle—has provided plenty of grist for the mill. Besides writing, Sara’s other great loves are books, travel and all manner of stationery. Sara and her husband, Paul, along with their absurdly spoiled dog, Polly, and cat, Arnie, make their home in southern Idaho. Her novel THE LAST GOOD PLACE OF LILY ODILON was published by Flux in October 2010.
Josie Bloss, a third-generation band geek, attended the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the best college marching band in the country and a staff reporter for the Michigan Daily. She also spent a year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. When not mining her high school journals for material and wishing there were marching band options for adults, Josie enjoys theater and karaoke. She is the author of BAND GEEK LOVE (Flux, July 2008), BAND GEEKED OUT (Flux, April 2009), ALBATROSS (Flux, February 2010), which Meg Cabot calls “Taut and emotionally wrenching”, and FAKING FAITH (Flux, November 2011).
Ellen Booraem spent thirty years as a journalist, including ten years as the managing editor and award-winning writer for The Weekly Packet, a tiny weekly newspaper in Blue Hill, ME. After a three-year stint as managing editor of The Packet’s parent chain, she continued to win awards as arts and special sections editor for The Ellsworth American, the highly regarded county weekly. She served in that post for six years and continues to work for The American as a freelance reporter and reviewer. A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Wheaton College, Booraem lives with painter Robert Shillady in the coastal Maine town of Brooklin (population 900), where they built a house with their own hands and no mortgage. She is a member of the Class of 2k8 with her debut novel THE UNNAMEABLES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2008). Her latest novel, SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS, was published by Dial Books in January 2011, and received multiple starred reviews. She also blogs at The Enchanted Inkpot.
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who loves sci-fi movies, video games, and books of all genres. She goes to Comic Con every year, and in her spare time she volunteers with dog rescue groups. She graduated from UCLA and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and five fluffy white dogs. She’s still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up.
Matthew Cody is the author of MG superhero novel POWERLESS (Knopf, October 2009), winner of multiple state awards including the Rebecca Caudill Book Award; the time-travel adventure THE DEAD GENTLEMAN (Knopf, November 2011); the forthcoming sequel to POWERLESS, SUPER (Knopf, September 2012); and the historical adventure WILL IN SCARLET, forthcoming in 2013. Outside of novels, Matthew has written for both Marvel and DC comics. Originally from the Midwest, Matthew now lives with his wife and young son in Manhattan.
Erin was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She “read” her first book at four months, according to family legend, and it’s been impossible to pry her away from a good book since. After she exhausted her local library’s shelves of everything young adult and fantasy, she started writing her own novels. Years and writing workshops later, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to ski and is determined to make the perfect gluten-free cookie. Erin lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and cat.
Trish is a former radio personality and newspaper reporter with a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University. She lives in Florida with her husband, two teenagers and The Cutest Dog in the World. She divides her time between working at Barnes & Noble and writing young adult fiction. Her favorite band is The Slackers. Her debut novel, SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL, about a Marine home on leave will be published by Bloomsbury USA in June 2012.
Alexandra Duncan is a librarian by day and writer by night. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and has been a frequent contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty – pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi, to name a few. You can visit her online at http://alexandraduncanlit.blogspot.com/. Her debut novel SALVAGE will be published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins) in Winter 2014.
S. Terrell French grew up in near Washington, D.C. and spent her summers running barefoot in the forest. She graduated from Harvard College and Berkeley Law, and once spent two months as a Forest Service volunteer in Misty Fiords National Monument in Alaska. She currently lives in the very foggiest part of San Francisco with her husband and three children and divides her time between writing and environmental law.
Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. She’s always been a bit of a brain, so she wrote a zombie book — BAD TASTE IN BOYS. And she has hair, so she wrote a werewolf book next — BAD HAIR DAY. Sadly, she’s not a demon-fighting derby girl, but that didn’t stop her from tackling her next book, DEMON DERBY. Carrie lives with her ninja-doctor husband and three monster-obsessed children. Learn more about her at carrieharrisbooks.com.
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books for Young Adults. Her work is published in twenty-two languages and has been featured six times on YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults lists, as well as the Teen’s Top Ten in 2006 for 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES. She was a 2006 Andre Norton Award nominee for DEVILISH, and THE NAME OF THE STAR was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Young Adult Literature. Maureen spends a great deal of time online, earning her some dubious and some not-as-dubious commendations, such as being named one of Time Magazine’s top 140 people to follow on Twitter. Outside of YA, she worked with Electronic Arts as the screenwriter for the handheld versions of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, and splits her time between New York City and a mysterious dwelling outside of London.
Julia Karr lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her four cats and three dogs. She grew up in Seymour, fifty miles southeast of her current home. Her love of books led her to be the youngest child to complete the library’s summer reading club – garnering her a photo on the front page of the Seymour Daily Tribune. When her two daughters were little, she wrote them bedtime stories; now that they are grown, she writes novels. Her first book, XVI, a young adult futuristic thriller that began its life as a NaNoWriMo experiment, was published by Speak/Penguin Books for Young Readers in Spring 2011, and was followed by a sequel entitled TRUTH (Speak, January 2012). She’s currently at work on a YA murder mystery.
Stephanie Perkins is proud to be both a book nerd and a movie geek. She loves swashbuckling adventures, mocha lattes, fairy tales, loud music, jasmine tea, neighborhood walks, and afternoon naps. And kissing. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Her debut novel, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, was published to wildly popular acclaim by Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton in December 2010. A companion novel, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, was published in September 2011, and will be followed by ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER in 2013.
Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A fan of state fairs, she was president of her 4-H chapter in fifth grade and hopes one day to attend every state’s fair. She worked at Conde Nast Publications before returning to school to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. Her first novel will be released by Abrams/Amulet in Spring 2014. You may visit her online at www.rebeccapetruck.com.
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in Los Angeles. Along the way, he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, Strange Geographies, can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com. His first novel, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, was blurbed by John Green, who called it “A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.” A found photo collection entitled TALKING PICTURES was sold to IT Books for publication in 2012.
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Daniel Rogge was recapping “America’s Next Top Model” for the popular website Television Without Pity when he was tapped by the show’s producer to work on the show itself. After years of long hours and hard work, Dan later led the 2006 short-lived and failed writer’s strike of the ANTM staff. Now an LA-based writer and producer, his recent writing can be found in The Advocate and at the website Television Without Pity. He is the co-founder of The Slow Roll, and is developing a book based on the site.
Thomas E. Sniegoski is a novelist and comic book scripter who has worked for every major company in the comic book industry. He has written tales featuring such characters as HELLBOY, BATMAN, WOLVERINE, DEVIL DINOSAUR, and the PUNISHER. His comic book work also includes STUPID, STUPID RAT TAILS, a prequel miniseries to the international hit, BONE. His novels include the New York Times bestselling Young Adult series, THE FALLEN, which was turned into the highly rated ABC Family Channel miniseries, THE SLEEPER CONSPIRACY, HELLBOY: THE GOD MACHINE, LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE SATAN FACTORY, THE BILLY HOOTEN: OWLBOY series, and the Remy Chandler series. His superhero thriller, LEGACY, was released by Delacorte Books and he is the author of series of original BONE novels for Scholastic.
Amy Sonnichsen grew up in Hong Kong and lived in China for eight years as an adult. While in Asia, she picked up some bad habits, including, but not limited to, walking too fast, singing karaoke, eating copious amounts of rice, and replacing ricotta cheese with tofu in homemade lasagna. She now lives in a small town in Washington State with her husband, five kids and two cats, where she’s learning American habits such as cheering herself hoarse at high school football games and baking too many chocolate chip cookies.
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A. Her debut novel, THE REECE MALCOLM LIST, will be published by Entangled in 2013, and combines many of her favorite things in life, including Stephen Sondheim and boys with great hair.
Krista Van Dolzer is a stay-at-home mom by day and a writer by naptime. She holds degrees in Mathematics Education and Economics from Brigham Young University but tries not to talk—or write—like a mathematician. If she’s not typing away on the computer, she’s probably watching college football or wiping someone’s nose. She lives with her husband and three young kids in Mesquite, Nevada, and blogs at Mother. Write. (Repeat.).. Her debut novel THE REGENERATED MAN, an MG historical with a dash of science fiction, will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin) in Winter 2015.
Lili Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in the front room where her parents still live. She’s an only child, and loves it (Lili’s mum is Dragonkeeper author Carole Wilkinson). She was first published when she was 13, in Voiceworks Magazine. After studying Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lili was employed by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she now manages Inside A Dog, a website for teenagers about books and reading. She spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers, but when she’s not doing that, she’s usually hanging out with friends, watching DVDs and making monsters out of wool. Her novel SCATTERHEART (Black Dog Books) was longlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize. Her novel THE (NOT QUITE) PERFECT BOYFRIEND was published in 2008 by Allen & Unwin, and was followed by PINK (Allen & Unwin, August 2009), her American debut.