Lauren Gibaldi is a public librarian. She lives in Orlando, Florida. The Night We Said Yes and Autofocus were her first books for young adults. This is her third. Find her online at www.laurengibaldi.com or on Twitter @laurengibaldi.
A.S. King is the critically acclaimed author of many novels for young adults and middle readers, including Still Life with Tornado. Her fiction has earned numerous awards, including an L.A. Times Book Prize, a Printz Honor, and over fifty starred reviews. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Rachael Lucas is an author, coach and freelance writer. She lives and works in a Victorian house by the seaside in the northwest of England with her partner (also a writer) and their children.
Melissa Ostrom teaches English at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her short fiction has been published in several literary magazines. The Beloved Wild is her YA debut. She lives in western New York with her family.
Jenny Torres Sanchez (www.jennytorressanchez.com) is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She is the author of Because of the Sun; Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia; and The Downside of Being Charlie. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children. Follow her on Twitter @jetchez.
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It's Not Me, It's You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink; Confederates Don't Wear Couture; and Prince in Disguise. She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states. Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn't discriminate against any type of pizza. When she's not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband.
Will Walton is an indie bookseller in Athens, Georgia.
Moderator: David Levithan's many acclaimed novels include Every Day, Another Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com and follow him on Twitter at @loversdiction.