Meet some of the incredible writers and illustrators represented by Maria Vicente.
Sam Maggs is the bestselling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks, Wonder Women: 25 Innovator, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, and Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships that Changed History. She also co-wrote DK's Marvel Fearless and Fantastic!: Female Super Heroes Save the World.
She is a Senior Writer for Insomniac Games and a writer on BioWare’s forthcoming game Anthem. Her comics can be found in IDW’s Star Trek: Waypoint, IDW’s Jem and the Holograms, and Oni Press’ Invader Zim, and she has contributed to the anthologies The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and Becoming Dangerous.
An authority on women in pop culture, Sam was named "Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year" by Women Write About Comics, speaking or writing on the topic for Vulture, The New York Times, NPR, Marie Claire, PC Gamer, The Guardian, The National Post, and more.
A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.
Whitney Taylor is a YA writer that only speaks one language—fangirl. When she’s not obsessing over fictional characters, she spends her time taking selfies, going on adventures with her husband, and eating way too much Texas barbecue. She resides in Dallas, where she works as an Executive Coordinator slash Professional Daydreamer. Her friends call her The Queen and she has a monogrammed robe to prove it. Bow down.
Her debut novel, Definitions of Indefinable Things, was published in April 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
RuthAnne Snow was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. She was a sorority girl in college and social activities director in law school—which was a lot like being back in the sorority.
She has interned for the U.S. Senate, worked on policy papers for Congress and the State Department, and once spent a year sorting through emails looking for fraud. It wasn’t nearly as fun as writing fiction.
She loves travel, dogs, horror movies, and baking.
Her debut Contemporary YA, When the Truth Unravels, will be published by Sky Pony Press in January 2019.
Andrea Towers is a writer and public relations professional currently working at Marvel Entertainment.
She has conducted interviews with top talent, writers, and directors, reported from hit television sets and red carpets, and provided coverage at major industry events such as San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, The Tony Awards, and The New York Television Festival.
Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine, Mashable, Bustle, Brit & Co., CVLUX, Variety, and more.
Andrea’s debut book, Geek Girls Don’t Cry: Real-Life Lessons From Fictional Female Characters, will be published by Sterling Publishing in April 2019.
Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form.
Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry’s single ‘Dark Horse.’ She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers.
Yao’s debut book, Baopu, will be published by Andrews McMeel in March 2020.
Drew Shannon was born in London, Ontario, but moved to Toronto after graduating from Sheridan's Illustration program in 2011.
Some of his clients include the Globe and Mail, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, NPR, Unicef, and more. His illustrations can be found in Extreme Battlefields (Annick Press, 2016) and Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past (Kids Can Press, September 2018).
Drew is the co-creator and illustrator of the The Montague Twins YA graphic novel series. The first book will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Spring 2020.
Sabrina Scott has been reading tarot and doing witchcraft for 18 years. They went to their first séance at the age of eight and grew up alongside Modern American Spiritualism.
Sabrina lives in Toronto and, aside from providing professional witchy services, they are also an illustrator, graphic novelist, and academic. They have lectured, taught, and facilitated workshops in Canada and internationally.
Nina Nesseth is a professional science communicator whose background is rooted in biomedical sciences and science communication, with a special interest in human biology.
She is a staff scientist at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario.
Nina's debut, The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion, co-written with Casey Griffin, was published by ECW Press in August 2017.
Sarah Sawler is the award-winning author of three books: 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia, 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada - For Kids, and Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything (with Frankie MacDonald). She’s currently co-writing a middle grade novel about friendship, death, and tiny beings that live in the tidal flats.
When she’s not writing books, she’s working as a publicist for graphic novel publisher Conundrum Press, reviewing children’s literature, and writing web content for tech companies. She lives in Saint Margaret’s Bay with her partner, two kids, one cat, one dog, and one bearded dragon.