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Events for Children and Young Adults

Fostering the importance of literacy and encouraging the joy of literature in a young person's life is an important part of the Southern Festival of Books. 

The children's and young adult programs at the Festival are great opportunities for librarians, educators, and parents to seek and find the newest releases in all genres, old favorites, and hot discussion topics. All ages will find something they love at the Southern Festival of Books. 

See the Youth Stage schedule here.

Children's and Young Adult authors on the 2013 Southern Festival of Books program:

  • Gigi Amateau is the author of Chancey of the Maury River, the first book about the horses of the Maury River, which as a William Allen White Master List selection, as well as Come August, Come Freedom; A Certain Strain of Peculiar; and Claiming Georgia Tate. She lives in Richmond, VA. Macadoo of the Maury
  • Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the highly acclaimed novel Keeper, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, and many picture books. She is a member of the faculty at Vermont College's Master of Fine Arts program and occasionally teaches creative writing at Texas A&M University. She has two grown children, lives in Texas with her husband, and once helped her grandma raise a baby raccoon. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
  • Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and the New York Times bestselling Ship Breaker, which was also a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of The Windup Girl and Pump Six and Other Stories, and is a Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner. He lives in western Colorado with his wife and son. Zombie Baseball Beatdown    
  • Hannah Barnaby holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Formerly a children's book editor, she also has worked as a bookseller and a writing instructor. Hannah was the first writer to earn the Children's Writer in Residency at the Boston Public Library. Ms. Barnaby lives in Charlottesville, VA with her family. Wonder Show
  • T.A. Barron was a Princeton grad, a Rhodes Scholar, and a highly successful business man before he returned to his true love: books for children. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, the Heartlight Saga, Tree Girl, The Hero's Trail, and many picture books. He has also created a Young Heros Award that rewards children who are heroic in their communities with a monetary prize for their achievements. He's an environmental activist and is on the board of many corporations and charities. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, five children, two dogs and two goats. Atlantis Rising
  • James L. Barry has been involved with a variety of projects while working as an illustrator.  He recently completed his ninth installment in the bestselling Warriors manga series by Erin Hunter and has exhibited in New York's Museum of Comic and Cartooning Art. In addition to developing his own projects, James has also illustrated numerous textbooks, storyboards and is a frequent contributor to the Rabid Rabbit Comic Anthology. James received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York City. www.jlbarry.com Warriors Super Edition: Tallstar's Revenge
  • Andrea Beaty was raised in a big family in a tiny town in southern Illinois. Our small house was jammed with 6 kids, 2 adults, a variable number of cats, 1 dog and thousands of books. It was great. Since I grew up in the '60s and '70s, I didn't have the internet or cable TV to keep me amused, but I had something much better--my siblings. We spent our days watching bad TV (B-movies, Gilligan's Island, the Brady Bunch, and Dark Shadows), traipsing through the countryside on adventures, and making each other laugh. Since then, I have studied biology and computer science, worked for a computer company, and raised a family. Now, I write books for kids and visit lots of schools to tell kids about writing. Rosie Revere, Engineer and Dorko the Magnificent
  • Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for the preques to A Spark Unseen: her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding, which USA Today called "utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." When not writing, Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting a longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville. www.sharoncameronbooks.com A Spark Unseen
  • Amy Rose Capetta holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has a particle-level love of mind-bending science and all sorts of music. She adores her small patch of universe, but also looks intently at the stars. Entangled is her first book. Entangled
  • Caroline Carlson holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's an assistant editor of children's and young adult literature at the literary journal Hunger Mountain. Caroline grew up in Massachusetts and now lives with her husband in Pittsburgh, PA. The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot           
  • Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house. He now lives in a Southern California home, haunted by only his wife, two kids, and five-month-old German Shepherd. His favorite crayon is Black. The Day The Crayons Quit
  • Sarah Dessen is the highly acclaimed author of ten previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby.  Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You were the basis of the movie "How to Deal", starring Mandy Moore. Sarah graduated with highest honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and her daughter. The Moon and More
  • Frances O'Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Award; Where I'd Like to Be; the bestselling The Secret Language of Girls and its sequels The Kind of Friends We Used to Be and The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away; Chicken Boy; Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal; the Phineas L. MacGuire series; Falling In; the teen novel Ten Miles Past Normal; and most recently, the critically acclaimed The Second Life of Abigail Walker. She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina. The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away
  • Elizabeth Dulemba is an award winning author/illustrator of fifteen children’s books and she loves to give back to the community that supports her as Illustrator Coordinator for the Southern Breeze SCBWI region, as a board member for the Georgia Center for the Book, as a writing and illustration instructor at various venues, and by speaking regularly at schools and events. Her "Coloring Page Tuesday" images garner 1.5 million visitors to her blog annually, and she has over 3,000 subscribers to her weekly newsletter. Lula's Brew      
  • Sonia Gensler is the author of The Revenant (Knopf ‘11), winner of the Oklahoma Book Award and a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, praised as “a compelling ghost and love story" by Booklist, “eerie and suspenseful" by Publishers Weekly, and “stunningly taut and entirely compelling” by The Bulletin. Her latest YA Gothic mystery, The Dark Between, releases from Knopf in August 2013. Sonia grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full time in Oklahoma and spends her summers in England. www.soniagensler.com The Dark Between
  • Geoffrey Girard is an award-winning author writing thrillers, historicals, dark fantasy, young adult novels, and short speculative fiction for publications including Writers Of The Future and the recent Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter and marketing manager before shifting to high school English teacher. Since, he's earned an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University and is the Department Chair of English at a private boys' school in Cincinnati.  GeoffreyGirard.com Project Cain
  • Laura Golden loved listening to older generations spin tales about "the good ol' days." She was inspired to write this story based in part on her family history. authorlauragolden.blogspot.com Every Day After
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.  www.haddixbooks.com  Risked (The Missing series)
  • Nathan Hale is the author of Big Bad Ironclad and One Dead Spy, as well as the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge, which was an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA notable book, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and the recipient of three starred reviews. He lives in Provo, Utah. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party
  • Teal Haviland grew up with a love for anything fantastical or outrageous. As a teen she spent much of her time writing poetry and children's stories, but set it aside for two decades before allowing her passion to take root (or, as she describes, take over her life). After years of dreaming of worlds where fairies, angels, demons, and shape shifters (to name a few) exist, she finally decided to begin writing her stories down. Inception, book one in her series The Reaping Chronicles, is her first published novel. Teal is also working on the first book in her second series, The Silver Rift. Residing in Tennessee with her daughter and her four-legged friends, Teal enjoys photography, travel, reading, music, cooking, daydreaming, writing (of course), and above all spending time with her family and friends. Inception, Book One of the Reaping Chronicles
  • Tommy Hays is the author of three novels for adults, including The Pleasure Was Mine. He is Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and a lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at the   University of North Carolina at Asheville. He lives in Asheville with his family. www.tommyhays.com What I Came To Tell You
  • Helen Hemphill’s debut novel Long Gone Daddy won the Teddy Award from the Writers' League of Texas. Booklist named her novel Runaround a 2007 Top Ten Youth Romance, and The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, her most recent novel, received the 2008 Virginia M. Law Award from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library and was listed on VOYA’s Top Shelf for middle school readers. Helen holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College for the Fine Arts and a MA from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is the director of the Whole Novel Workshop for the Highlights Foundation. www.HelenHemphill.com The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones
  • Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005 and received a Newbery Honor for the novel Olive's Ocean. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times Bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He and his wife, Laura Dronzek, live with their son and daughter in Madison, Wisconsin. The Year of Billy Miller
  • Deron R. Hicks investigates mysteries as a lawyer, so it makes sense that he would write about William Shakespeare, one of literature's most puzzling people. The inspector general for the State of Georgia, he lives in Warm Springs, Georgia, with his wife and two children. Tower of the Five Orders
  • J.J. Howard is wearing headphones right now, most likely. She graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English and Tiffin University with an MH in Humanities. She lives in Florida, and has been some of her students' favorite English teacher for quite a few years (she even has a mug somewhere to prove it). That Time I Joined The Circus is her first young adult novel. That Time I Joined The Circus
  • Janis Ian, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer and author, took the stage at age fifteen with a revolutionary song about interracial relationships, "Society's Child." It was 1966 and the country responded with both hostility and accolades. The song went to #1, and Janis was caught in the maelstrom of a divided country. Terrified by the hatred directed at her, she left the music industry, only to return a few years later with the worldwide hit "At Seventeen." She now tours regularly to sold-out crowds, and is considered one of the pre-eminent acoustic guitarists of our era. In addition to being a songwriter and musician, Janis Ian is a columnist and author. Her books include science fiction, poetry, magazine articles, opinion columns, as well as her top-selling autobiography, Society's Child. The Tiny Mouse       
  • Miranda Kenneally writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. She is also the co-creator of the website DearTeenMe.com. Follow her @mirandakennealy or visit her on the web. Things I Can't Forget
  • Morgan Keyes grew up in California, Texas, Georgia, and Minnesota, accompanied by parents, a brother, a dog, and a cat. Also, there were lots and lots of books. Morgan now lives near Washington, D.C., spending time reading, traveling, reading, writing, reading, cooking, reading, wrestling with cats, and reading. Because there are still lots and lots of books. Darkbeast Rebellion
  • Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, and THe Clockwork Three. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. He and his wife live in northern Idaho, where he is working on his next novel. Infinity Ring: Book 5: Cave of Wonders and The Lost Kingdom  
  • Daniel Kirk has written and illustrated numerous popular picture books, including Keisha Ann Can and Library Mouse, which Booklist praised in a starred review as a "show-stopper." The Low Road and his Elf Realm trilogy received a starred review from Booklist. He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home     
  • Jeramey Kraatz has wanted superpowers ever since he opened his first comic book as a kid. He attended Texas Christian University and the MFA writing program at Columbia University. The Cloak Society is his first novel. Jeramey lives in Texas, where he works in the animation industry. The Cloak Society: Villains Rising     
  • Christopher Krovatin is the author of Heavy Metal And You and Venomous. He is also a contributing writer to Revolver magazine and a lifelong devotee of the zombie genre. He currently lives in Brooklyn. Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones
  • Kathryn Lasky has written award-winning books for children across all genres, including the Newbery Honor book Sugaring Time and the New York Times best-selling series The Guardians of Ga'Hoole. She is also the author of the novel Chasing Orion and numerous illustrated nonfiction titles. Kathryn Lasky lives in Massachusetts. The Extra
  • Irene Latham is a Birmingham poet and novelist who writes heart-touching tales of unexpected adventure. Her debut historical novel Leaving Gee's Bend is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and was awarded Alabama Library Association's 2011 Children's Book Award. Her latest novel Don't Feed The Boy is about a boy who wants to escape his life at the zoo. Poetry editor for Birmingham Arts Journal, Irene has also authored two award-winning poetry collections What Came Before and The Color of Lost Rooms. Don't Feed the Boy
  • T. Michael Martin is a novelist and screenwriter who holds a BFA in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was inspired to write his debut novel, The End Games, by his own younger brother, Patrick, and their mutual love of zombie movies. He and his wife, Sarah, live in West Virginia. www.tmichaelmartin.com The End Games
  • Beck McDowell is a former high school AP English teacher who's sponsored student newspapers, literary magazines, writing competitions, Shakespeare festivals, medieval banquets, book fairs, art exhibits, and trips to museums, operas and plays. Together, she and her students built www.notrequiredreading.com to help other young adults find books they might love. After years of taking students all over Europe on summer trips, she's traveling with her family now from her current home in Huntsville, AL--most often to New Orleans, her hometown. This Is Not A Drill
  • Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one. She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater. She lives in Nashville with her husband and two boys. She is the author of Hourglass and Timepiece. Infinityglass
  • Terra Elan McVoy is the author of Pure, After the Kiss, The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, and Being Friends with Boys. She has had many jobs (and degrees) that center around reading and writing, from managing an independent children's bookstore to teaching writing classes, and even answering fam mail for Captain Underpants. Terra lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where many of her books are set. Criminal
  • Lauren Morrill grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, GA with her husband and their dog, Lucy. When she's not writing, she spends a lot of hours getting knocked around playing roller derby. Publisher's Weekly called her debut YA novel, Meant to Be "entertaining and quick-witted." Her second YA novel, Being Sloane Jacobs, releases January 7, 2014. Meant to Be
  • Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, which received multiple starred reviews and was named an ALA Notable Book. Due to discoveries Marc made in his research, the book also landed on the front page of USA Today. He lives with his family in Maryland and reveals his research secrets and promotional gambles at noblemania.blogspot.com. Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman   
  • Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The lovable, literal-minded housekeeper has been a member of his family ever since. Peggy Parish died in 1988. She would be proud and delighted to know that with Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia; Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!; Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor and now Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, her nephew is carrying on -- for a new generation of readers -- the tradition she began years ago. Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!
  • Rae Ann Parker lives in Nashville with her family. When she is not writing or reading, she enjoys exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway and playing the piano and violin. The Devil's Backbone is her first novel. The Devil's Backbone        
  • Aprilynne Pike is the critically acclaimed, internationally and #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Wings series. She has been spinning stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Since then she has worked as a waitress, a restaurant manager, a slush-pile reader, an editor, a childbirth educator, and a doula. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, and (of course!) reading books about magic and kissing. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine. www.aprilynnepike.com Earthbound
  • C.J. Redwine lives in Nashville with her four beautiful kids, an amazing husband, two fairly crazy cats, and a dog. She has books in every corner of her house, an impressive Harry Potter memorabilia collection, and a bunch of really cool friends she doesn't get to see nearly as much as she'd like to. She is also the author of Defiance. Deception         
  • Rick Riordan is the author of The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; the New York Times #1 best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; as well as all the books in the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. The House of Hades  
    ***Rick Riordan will not hold a public signing at the Festival. There will be signed books available for purchase on Sunday only. Books purchased at the Festival on Friday or Saturday will not be signed, and there will not be an opportunity to have them signed at the Festival.***
  • Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series, with over 800,000 copies in print. Additionally, he's recorded four albums of songs for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a pond full of fish. A Little Bit of Oomph!
  • Holly Goldberg Sloan, was born in Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland, Turkey, Washington DC, California and Eugene, Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband, Gary Rosen, in Santa Monica, California. Her debut novel I'll Be There was a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults in 2012. www.hollygoldbergsloan.com Counting by 7s
  • Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014. www.jenniferesmith.com This Is What Happy Looks Like     
  • Erin E. Stead lives in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Philip, who is an author and illustrator, and with whom she created A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal, as well as Bear has a Story to Tell. She also illustrated Julie Fogliano's And Then It's Spring. Erin created the illustrations for this book using woodblock printing techniques and pencil. If You Want To See A Whale
  • Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead are author and illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. This is their second collaboration. This is Erin's third picture book for Roaring Brook Press, and Philip's fifth. Philip and Erin live in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hello, My Name is Ruby
  • James L. Swanson is the Edgar Award winning author of the New York Times bestseller, Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. His other books include Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, the best-selling adaption of Manhunt for young adults. He has held a number of government and think tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the U.S. Department of Justice. "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy     
  • Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's novel, Selling Hope, garnered terrific reviews, including a star from Booklist, who said, "Tubb deftly ingrains a thoughtful ethical question into the story, but never overdoes it in this bouncy tale populated by a terrific cast of characters." Kristin lives in Tennessee with her family. The 13th Sign
  • Vince Vawter, a native of Memphis, retired after a 40-year career in newspapers, most recently as publisher of the Evansville Courier & Press in Indiana. Vawter, who now lives in Louisville, Tenn, also was managing editor of The Knoxville News SentinelPaperboy, published by Delacorte Press, is his first novel. You can visit him online at www.vincevawter.comPaperboy
  • Susan Verde teaches yoga to children. This is her first book. She lives in East Hampton, NY. The Museum    
  • Bil Wright is an award-winning novelist and playwright. His novels include Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Lambda Literary Award and American Library Association Stonewall Book Award), the highly acclaimed When the Black Girl Sings (Junior Library Guild selection), and the critically acclaimed Sunday You Learn How to Box. His plays include Bloodsummer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde (Jerome Fellowship), and Leave Me a Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival premiere). He is the Librettist for This One Girl’s Story (GLAAD nominee) and the winner of a LAMI (La Mama Playwriting Award). An associate professor of English at CUNY, Bil Wright lives in New York City. Sunday You Learn How to Box
  • Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. ABC's instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers/Saints
  • Sharon Yates is Executive Director of Instruction at Metro Nashville Public Schools. She is also the Program Director of Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools at Vanderbilt University. Yates previously served as Program Director of Elementary Education for Peabody College, as well as assistant to the chair and lecturer. She previously served on the faculties of Lipscomb University, Belmont University, Austin Peay State University, Ohio University, and the University of Rio Grande in Ohio.
  • Jessica Young is an art teacher and debut picture-book author. The same things make her happy now as when she was little: writing, reading, painting, dancing, music, picnics, and the color blue. About My Blue is Happy she says, "I remember being a kid and realizing that everyone didn't always share my point of view. For me, colors represent creativity, subjectivity, and the endless variations we find in nature and in one another." Originally from Canada, Jessica Young lives in Nashville with her husband and two children. My Blue is Happy
  • Gabrielle Zevin is the author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, All These Things I've Done, and Because It is My Blood, as well as two novels for adults. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities." She lives in Los Angeles, California. Because It Is My Blood
  • Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. An English major at Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time performing Spoken Word poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter. Once We Were