I started reading books last 2014. YES! I started my blog this year. YES! I’ve met a lot of authors through different social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, etc.). SUPER YES!
I think it’s finally time to highlight these authors and give them a spotlight. I know that these people (directly and indirectly) helped and inspired me to make my own blog. I wouldn’t be here right now if I haven’t met them. Today, I’ll be sharing to you some of my favorite authors along with a short description of their life, books and whatnot. My 2015 wouldn’t be complete without them. Trust me. (You should stalk their profiles, too — teehee!)
Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her books!
BECKY ALBERTALLI was born and raised in the Atlanta, GA suburbs. She really loves ice cream, though. And most desserts. She wrote and directed a tragic play at age twelve with a plot that borrowed heavily from a Lurlene McDaniel novel. She fell hard for Harry Potter at age sixteen and never grew out of it. She went to college in Connecticut and totally freaked out about all of the snow. She and her college friends once created their own likenesses on the Sims, and it was all fun until Sim Becky burned the Sim house down and then peed herself. She majored in psychology and avoided hard sciences whenever possible.
In 2000, she started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… she has written eight books (two of those are forthcoming), and when she’s not working on the ninth, she’s contributing to her web magazine, Germ (www.germmagazine.com), thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. She is always writing.
You can follow Amy on Twitter @ajfinnegan, Instagram @StrangerThanFictionWriter, or Facebook (Amy Finnegan, Author). She is represented by Erin Murphy of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
LYGIA DAY PENAFLOR is a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars. Her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire, as well as I Am Legend. She enjoys writing about teens and has kept true to her teenage self by marrying her high school sweetheart and remembering her locker combination (32-18-12). She lives on Long Island where she is an avid equestrian and old-school roller skater. Unscripted Joss Byrd is her debut novel.
1. I love tacos. I could eat them every day of the week. For every meal. (Is it weird I started this list with food?)
2. I have watched the entire Golden Girls series more times than I could ever count. I own a limited edition box set. I know everything about every episode. I’m infatuated with the clever storylines, exceptional writing and hilarious jokes.
3. I have a mild-to-severe case of Misophonia. I cannot stand to hear people chew their food or slurp a drink… holy cow; I can’t even talk about this anymore.
4. My absolute, all-time favorite song is: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Then about a million different songs come in second place. I have a very serious addiction to music.
5. I consider using swear words in normal conversation to be a hobby of mine.
She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.
Her debut, What You Left Behind, is one of my faves this year!
Kimberly holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Luna Station Quarterly, The Medulla Review, and Hogglepot. Her chapbook, POCKET FOREST, was published by Deathless Press in August 2013.
MICHELLE HODKIN is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which was a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. The trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. Lev Grossman has called Hodkin “One of the greatest talents in Young Adult fiction.” The novels were praised by Romantic Times, MTV’s Hollywood Crush, and the Los Angeles Times, and books from the series appeared on several state reading lists. Additionally, The Retribution of Mara Dyer was selected as one of TIME.com’s Top 10 YA Books of 2014.
Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan, before finally settling in Brooklyn last year.
In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes.
Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his dog Reesie.
Her debut novel One Crazy Summer was first penned in 2007 when she was pregnant with her first daughter Addie. Being a mother has taken much of Ines’ time so she was only able to write 13 pages of her novel. She completed her story in April 2011, while three-year-old Addie was sleeping and inspiration struck her again. Two months later her story was complete. After eight months, her dream of publishing her own book came true. The book was only launched last January 26, 2012, but Ines is already writing her second novel.
Most readers can remember Ines as the former editor-in-chief of K-Zone Magazine and Candy Magazine . At present, Ines is working as an editor of Summit Books. She is also married to photographer Marc Yao, whom she says she consults whenever she’s stuck in the middle of a story she’s writing.
stalk check the profiles of these lovely people. They’re all fantastic and incredible. Also, please share some of your favorite authors in the comments. Thank you so much for reading! See yah in my next post! 🙂