About Us

Name: Sarah Harian
Location: Yosemite, CA
Bio: I’m a student at Cal State Fresno and will finish my B.A. in English Spring of 2010. I have an unhealthy obsession with epic blockbuster movies, classical music composers, computer games, sushi, and the color blue.
Books: Luminous is my urban (yet slightly epic) fantasy WIP.
Favorite Authors: Suzanne Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Carolyn Keene, C.S. Lewis, Kristin Cashore, and Scott Westerfeld.
Why do you write YA? Because a broader imagination is always more accepted in the world of YA. Also, I would love to make a career out of encouraging teens to read more often through fiction.
Links: Website



Name: Krista Ashe

Location: Burbs of Atlanta, GA

Bio: By day, I educate the youth of America as a high school English teacher. I have a BA in English, BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education.

Books: My YA Contemporary Don’t Hate the Player…Hate the Game is currently on submission. I’m working on revisions for my YA UF Urban Fantasy, The Guardians. I’m sort of a writing machine, lol. I’m currently working on two YA Contemporaries.

Favorite Authors: My list of favorite authors could go on and on, but I’d have to say Harper Lee, JK Rowling, Jane Austen, & LM Montgomery.

Why do you write YA? Because YA incorporates everything that adult novels do, however, there’s a honesty and a vulnerability that perhaps you don’t find in adult novels. I also love that it keeps me feeling young and alive!    Links: Website Blog Twitter

Name: Jamie Blair
North Canton, Ohio
I get paid for being a Command Center Strategist for a telemarketing company, and I work with the coolest people ever.  I’m married with two crazy little kids and write in the wee hours of the morning when normal people sleep.
LOST TO ME – YA Thriller
Favorite Authors:
From J.K. Rowling to Charlotte Bronte, there are too many to list!
Why do you write YA?
I’m drawn in by the fast pace and emotion.
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Name:Annie McElfresh
Circleville, Ohio
I’m a nurse by trade, but writing is my creative release. I’m married to one of those crazy car guys like you see on the SPEED channel, have the orniest little boy around, and have two dogs that mind better than my kid.
The Dying Curse (YA paranormal romance), Teenage Hillbilly Hell (YA Contemporary Novel), I Love You, No Matter What (YA Contemporary)
Favorite Authors:
Rachel Hawthorne, Sarah Dessen, Elizabeth Scott, Claudia Gray, Charlene Harris and Stephanie Myers
Why do you write YA:
Well, I really, really liked playing barbies when I was little. So I guess in a way it’s a grown up way to still live in a pretend story. Plus I don’t think I’ll ever really grow up.
:Blog Website


Name: Holen Mathews
Kingman, AZ
I’m a 25-year-old accountant with a love of books.  I can’t even give a genre, because I’ll read just about anything.  I started writing while on bedrest with my youngest daughter because I finished my crate of books to read and had nothing else to do.
I’m in love with my WIP, Catalyst.
Favorite Authors:
Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Lloyd Alexander, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, Eoin Colfer, and Brandon Mull
Why do you write YA?
I write YA because mistakes feel more forgivable.  The protags are still figuring it out.  Maybe they should know better, but mostly everything is a learning/growth experience.  The bad people are still redeemable and the good ones can screw up in ways that change the rest of their lives.


Name: Kathleen Tryingtodecideifshewantsapenname
Location: Canada (East Coast)
Bio: I Bruce Wayne my way through the day as a graphic designer. Though I don’t have a bat cave or an English butler, I do have a writing room and an imagination that gets me into more trouble than it’s worth.
Books: I’ve recently completed a YA Urban Fantasy titled Hemlock. I am also working on The Illusionist’s Field Guide which is a YA (non-romance) paranormal.
Favorite Authors: Nick Hornby, Charles De Lint, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman
Why do you write YA? I had an idea. It wouldn’t leave me alone.
Links: Blog, Twitter


Name: Debra Driza
Location: Southern California
Bio: I’m a physical therapist turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. My two little rugrats (and my large one, otherwise known as “hubby”) and three dogs (all of them naughty) keep me busy, but luckily I still find time to write.
Books:My first novel, Tainted, is a YA paranormal romance which is currrently trunked and awaiting some ginormic revisions.  My WIP is an urban fantasy titled The Demon Guard.
Favorite Authors: Oh man, how long do we have?  🙂   YA writers:  Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, Richelle Mead  Adult Writers: Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Pat Conroy.
Why do you write YA? I’m young at heart.  🙂  I love the drama and emotion inherent in being a teen, how everything feels so epic and crucial.  I love teen lingo.  Plus, hello, my favorite TV shows ever are Buffy and Veronica Mars.
Links: Blog


Name: Jennifer Wood
Location: North East Georgia
Bio: I am Director of Education and Transportation, Hospitality Manager, Data and Archives Coordinator, Financial Planner, Chief Laundress, Misc. Juggler, and Personal Chef – in other words a housewife.
Books: Meadow is a paranormal fantasy and awaiting revisions.  Judgement is an edgy contemporary in progress and Larch is a dystopian, also in progress.
Favorite Authors: Honestly they are my friends in AW.
Why do you write YA? I want to write books for my children and love the genre, plus I secretly want to return to highschool – not.
Links: Blog and Twitter


Name: Stephanie Jenkins
Location: On the Border, Texas
Bio: I’m a part-time freelance writer, wife, and mom to two toddlers. When I’m not writing, I spend my time cleaning crayons from walls and debating the purchase of mini-piglets and pet skunks with my kids.
Books: Submerge is an urban fantasy that I’m currently revising for my agent. Scribble (yes, I have a fascination with “S” titles) is my WIP.
Favorite Authors: Melissa Marr,  J.K. Rowling,  Henry James
Why do you write YA? Teens have an amazing “voice”–honest and sometimes snarky. I love capturing that on paper.
Links: Blog and Twitter



  1. OMG! I’ve been looking for a group like this!!!!!!!!

    – Julie

  2. You all sound great, and I love your acronym. Can’t wait to keep reading!

  3. Hi,

    Just leaving a comment so I can check the “Notify me of new posts …” box and get an email blog subscription.


  4. Wow – what a great group! I’m jazzed to have found you (through Sarah’s website).

    I’ve been seventeen for…awhile. A long while. And during the time of raising my own 17-yr-olds (who are much older now), I had a cool young adult series banging around in my head just waiting for me to find the time to write it.

    Many years later, I finally started writing, although it wasn’t that story. One of my projects that I’m working on now is a YA story about supernatural beings, and I’m having so much fun with it!

    So thanks for for being here – I’m sure I will be visiting often!

  5. I’m so glad I found this site! You gals are awesome!

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