Crystal Smalls Ord’s art and stories have appeared in multiple issues of the macabre children’s lit magazine, Underneath the Juniper Tree. She has created several illustrations for Anchor Group Publishing and her art can been seen in hitRECord.com’s musical short, Madamoiselle Noir. In her free time Crystal initiates dance parties and tickle fights with her kids, cleans house, plays ukulele, and lingers in the geekery corner of Pinterest.
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 late 2018.
Whitney Taylor is a YA writer that only speaks one language—fangirl. When she’s not devouring books, she spends her time taking selfies, obsessing over any TV show with a love triangle, and eating way too much McDonalds. She’s a Psychology and Communications major from Virginia that likes to pretend she’s a supermodel from New York City. Her debut novel, Definitions of Indefinable Things, was published in April 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
Megan Orsinihas always wanted to run away with the circus and has been hugged by scores of homeless men. She has an affinity for street performers and the quirky, magical worlds they inhabit. Megan received her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and lives in a suburb of Northern Virginia where there are no street performers and too many politicians.
Austin Gilkeson writes about all sorts of things, but the things he loves the most are the ones that go bump in the night. After getting his MA in English literature from the University of Chicago, he spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English on a remote Japanese island. His writing has appeared at The Toast, and his work for children has been published in the children’s literary magazines Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the YA podcast Cast of Wonders. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago.
Gennelle Smith is a writer based in Toronto. After receiving her MA in Film & Literature from the University of York (UK), she worked in film production and spent a lot of time daydreaming on film sets. She currently works on the digital side of children’s television and, when not exploring new places or inventing oddball characters, loves discovering new animated films, historical lit, and live comedy.
Alex Nursall is a writer and illustrator based out of Toronto (and occasionally Liverpool). Her work focuses mainly on makeup history and drawing dumb pictures of hockey players, two things that totally have nothing to do with each other. She’s had her work published on a number of sites, including The Toast, Jezebel, Deadspin, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, TSN/BarDown, Travel+Escape, and more. In her spare time, she likes to read about soccer, try new makeup techniques, and drink fancy beer. She looks like a cross between mid-90s Winona Ryder and mid-90s Winona Ryder’s less attractive cousin.
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 first children's book, Extreme Battlefields with author Tanya Lloyd Kyi, was published in 2016 by Annick Press.
Nathan Page was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he began writing and acting at an early age. He moved to Toronto in 2010 and now, in addition to writing The Montague Twins, he is a therapist for children who have autism.
Nina Nesseth is a professional science communicator whose background is rooted in biomedical sciences and science communication, with 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.
Casey Griffin is a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in developmental and stem-cell biology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She's been a fan of Orphan Black and an avid member of the Clone Club since 2011. When she isn't loudly fangirling over the show and being an all-around sci-fi and comic book nerd, she can be found working in the lab. Casey's debut, The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion, co-written with Nina Nesseth, was published by ECW Press in August 2017.
Unable to face a day job or growing up, Mya Smith took to writing books. She has an incorrigible affection for bloody fairy tales, climbing up inadvisable objects, & breathing fire. One day, she hopes to walk away from an explosion, preferably with sunglasses on. Mya is a bicoastal entity living in Portland, Oregon, and is working on a way to split herself into three identical beings with the ability to mindmeld from many states away. It’s a process.
Andrea Towers is a writer based in New York. She has worked in the entertainment industry for almost ten years, including her current role as Sales and Communications Administrator at Marvel. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly,Paste Magazine, Mashable, Bustle, Brit & Co., CVLUX, Variety, and more.
Caitlin Rantala lives in Nashville, TN but she writes YA books not songs. She also became part of Taylor Swift’s squad at the 1989 Secret Sessions. Ask her about it if you dare (and if you have, like, three hours to spare). When Caitlin is not writing books or being Tay-Tay’s BFF, she’s working on graphic design projects or planning out her next great cosplay outfit. Caitlin’s New Adult debut, Industry Darling, is available now.
Meg Smitherman is an artist, podcaster, and novelist turned avid hockey enthusiast. She co-hosts the comedy hockey podcast Shut Yer Five Hole, writes about hockey for GuysGirl.com, and is often touted by strangers on Twitter as “the reason I got into hockey.”