Meet some of the incredible writers and illustrators on my client list.
Sam Maggs is the bestselling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks and Wonder Women: 25 Innovator, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, both available now from Quirk Books. Named “Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year” by Women Write About Comics, Sam appears on TV and movie screens across Canada, writes a webcomic called Lady Junk, and has written for The Mary Sue, The Guardian, Marie Claire, and the National Post, among others.
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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, teaches music in Sunday School, and lingers in the geekery corner of Pinterest.
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.
Megan Orsini has 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.
Gennelle Smith is an interactive writer based in Toronto. After receiving her MA in Film & Literature from the University of York (UK), she worked in film production and spend a lot of time daydreaming on film sets. She currently writes for a children’s games studio and, when not recording podcasts and inventing oddball characters, loves discovering new animated films, historical lit, and live comedy.
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 McDonald’s. She’s an English and Psychology major from Virginia that likes to pretend she’s a supermodel from New York City. Her friends call her The Queen and she has a monogrammed robe to prove it. Bow down.
Whitney’s debut Contemporary YA novel, Definitions of Indefinable Things, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers in April 2017.
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.
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.
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 writes for entertainment news site The Mary Sue, where she dissect the science of Orphan Black with her writing partner, Casey Griffin.
Nina Nesseth's The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion, co-written with Casey Griffin, will be published by ECW Press in Spring 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 Griffin's The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion, co-written with Nina Nesseth, will be published by ECW Press in Spring 2017.
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.
Rocket scientist, explorer, and champion for women in science, engineering, and technology. Natalie Panek is an Engineer at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, working on Canadian space robotics and other Canadian space exploration programs. She is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game-changers to dive head-on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and tech. Natalie is the 2013 recipient of the University of Calgary Graduate of the Last Decade Award and the Northern Lights Award Foundation 2013 Rising Star in aerospace. She was named one of CBC’s 12 young leaders changing Canada and Canada’s Financial Post describes Natalie as “a vocal advocate for women in technology”. Natalie also joins an elite group of women as one of WXN’s 2014 Top 100 award winners, one of Forbe’s 30 under 30 2015, as well as Flare Magazine’s inaugural 30 under 30.
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 this year by Annick Press.