Brian is an award-winning journalist who has written about American culture for decades. He’s a regular contributor to national magazines and news organizations. He is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has also been recognized by Medill School of Journalism’s John Bartlow Martin awards for public interest journalism, the Association of Healthcare Journalists and other organizations. He has been a columnist for NBC News. Learn more: brianralexander.com.
Danielle works for The Old Globe theater in San Diego, California. When she's not collaborating with playwrights on new work or researching obscure facts about theatre history, she writes YA novels about the places where the past and the present collide. Her novel “The Hidden Memory of Objects” was published by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins in March 2017. Learn more: daniellemagesamato.com.
Janet is a high school English teacher and drummer in the band Super Nacho. Her first two books, “Vertical” and “True Vert,” have been read avidly by those who skateboard and those who don’t. Currently, she is working on her third novel, “Bubbelandia,” a coming-of-age story that explores issues of race, identity and the limitations of growing up in a perfectly manicured suburban bubble. When Eoff Berend isn’t teaching, writing, or playing music, she can be found walking her dog in the canyons of North San Diego County. Learn more: janetberend.com.
Benjamin is a professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego. He studies language and cognition in the laboratory and in the wild. He’s also the author of two books. “Louder than Words” (2012) is an introduction to the cutting edge cognitive and brain science of how we manage to extract meaning from the language around us. More recently, “What the F” (2016) is an examination of how and why we swear, and what profanity reveals about our minds, our brains, and ourselves. Learn more: cogsci.ucsd.edu/~bkbergen/
Lisa is the critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China (“Rock Paper Tiger,” “Hour of the Rat” and “Dragon Day”), and the thrillers “Getaway” and “Go-Between.” Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, Los Angeles Review of Books and CNET. In a past life, she was an issues researcher for a presidential campaign, a mid-level film studio executive and the singer/songwriter/bassist in an L.A. rock band. She lives in San Diego. Learn more: lisabrackmann.com.
Steve became the editorial cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press (NJ) in 1996, and in 2001, was hired by The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Breen’s children’s books include “Stick,” “Violet the Pilot,” “Pug and Doug,” “Woodpecker Wants a Waffle” and “Henry McHenry.” Breen enjoys running, reading and playing the guitar. He lives in San Diego County with his wife and kids.
Angie is a freelance writer and illustrator. She is a contributor to the online magazine Wild River Review. and has covered PEN World Voices Festival and Los Angeles Times Festival of Books events, and author interviews. Her first book, “Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey — Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints,” published in March 2012, is a travel memoir co-written with Wild River Review founder Joy Stocke. Her most recently published book is Tree of Life, Turkish Home Cooking. For nearly 10 years, Brenner owned a travel bookstore, Word Journeys, in Del Mar, CA. She lives, writes, cooks, draws, and facilitates yoga classes in Julian, California.
David is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include “The Postman,” “Earth,” and recently, “Existence.” Dr. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g. NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program or NIAC) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics. His nonfiction book about the information age, “The Transparent Society,” won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Learn more: davidbrin.com.
Renée is a screenwriter and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA Today, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and The San Diego Union-Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons, and their new puppy, John Snow Cash. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more: reneecarlino.com.
Elisabeth holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M and is a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. She is the author of seven books, most recently “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers” and “The Hamilton Affair, A Novel.” A winner of four literary prizes, she has written for the New York Times, Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times and Reuters. Her first film, “American Umpire,” debuted last year on public television, narrated by Jim Lehrer. Cobbs has served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department and the jury for the Pulitzer Prize. Learn more: elizabethcobbs.com.
Jennifer is the a USA Today bestselling author of six novels and contributor to five literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for The Washington Post, Newsday, Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post. Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. “We'll Always Have Paris” is her first memoir. Learn more: jennifercoburn.com.
Roger is the author of seven historical novels, many of them set in World War II. He is a recipient of the Military Writers Association's Distinguished Honor Award. Conlee was a sportswriter, reporter and editor with the San Diego Evening Tribune and the Chicago Daily News before becoming a communications consultant and author. He lives in San Diego. Learn more: rogerlconlee.com.
Matt knew he wanted to be a crime writer at the age of 14 when his father gave him “The Simple Art of Murder” by Raymond Chandler — is the author of the Rick Cahill crime series. His books have won numerous awards, including the Anthony, Ben Franklin Silver and San Diego Book Awards. , and have accrued nominations for the Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Lefty, and RONE Awards and have made numerous best lists. His fourth book, “Blood Truth,” comes out in December. He lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus, and where he is writing the fifth Rick Cahill crime novel. Learn more: mattcoylebooks.com
Tershia is the author of “The Man Who Thought He Owned Water” and “Dispatches from the Dog Widow.” is a social activist. Her fixation on water and climate is reflected in her wetland restoration work in San Diego’s urban canyons and at her family’s working farm on the South Platte River in Colorado. An eon ago in In Paris, she received a “diplome” from l’Ecole du Cordon Bleu and graduated with honors from les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Learn more: tershiadelgin.com.
Stephanie is a writer and freelance editor. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in film production. She is the author of "Extraction, Rebellion, and Evolution." When she isn't lost in other worlds, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows. She lives in San Diego. Learn more: stephaniediazbooks.com.
Ken is a pioneer in personal transformation, breaking fresh ground in male psychology, executive coaching, organizational consulting, parent effectiveness, healing after loss, and, most recently, how to live courageously. Druck client base includes Microsoft, Pfizer, IBM, The San Diego Union-Tribune and the YMCA. Since founding The Jenna Druck Center in 1996, “Dr. Ken” has become a lifeline for thousands of families who have suffered a loss and is called upon to assist in healing after tragic events such as 9/11, Columbine High School and Hurricane Katrina. Ken’s newest book is “Courageous Aging.” Learn more: kendruck.com
Corey has done hard time as a musician, songwriter and sound designer, but still refuses to apologize for it. “Black’s Beach Shuffle,” the first novel featuring the guitar-slinging detective Rolly Waters, was a San Diego Book Awards finalist. The second, “Border Field Blues,” won the genre award at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival. “Desert City Diva” has just been published by Severn House. Learn more: coreylynnfayman.com.
Michelle is the author of “A Paris Apartment,” “I'll See You in Paris” and “The Book of Summer.” She graduated from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. After a 20-year career in finance, she now writes full time. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and two daughters, one lazy cat, and a very feisty rabbit. Learn more: michellegable.com.
Susie is an award-winning illustrator and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). When not painting tiny paintings, illustrating children’s books, designing stationery and gifts for her gift collection entitled Boygirlparty, teaching at RISD, exhibiting her work internationally, shipping orders, or connecting with the illustration community, she lives in sunny San Diego with her husband and zillions of pets. Learn more: boygirlparty.com.
Zohreh is an artist, poet and writer. She has authored three published books: “The Commiserator,” “Sky of Red Poppies” (2012 One Book, One San Diego) and “The Moon Daughter,” (winner San Diego Book Awards 2014). and her satirical memoir as a dentist, “Drill, Fill & Bill,” awaits the right time to be released! She is currently working on a novel titled The Basement. Over 200 of her articles have been featured in magazines and anthologies. For two decades, she taught at Northwestern University while practicing dentistry. A San Diegan, she became a full-time writer in 2000. Learn more: zoeghahremani.com.
Robin, the Children’s Book Council’s “2013 Illustrator of the Year,” has had two careers in the arts, the first as a ballet dancer and then as a children’s book illustrator. She is best known, with author Jane O’Connor, for the Fancy Nancy series, of which there are more than 70 books, including a chapter book series for older children. Fancy Nancy books have been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 330 weeks, selling over 30 million volumes. In 2018, Fancy Nancy will make her appearance as the star of a Disney television animated series. Learn more: fancynancyworld.com.
Shilpi is the author of “Secret Daughter,” published in 2010. It became a New York Times and No. 1 international bestseller, selling more than a million copies worldwide in over 30 languages and countries. “Secret Daughter” was shortlisted for the South African Boeke Literary Prize, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublic Literary Award, and was an IndieNext Great Read and Target Book Club Pick. Her second novel, “The Golden Son,” was published in 2015-2016 around the world, and was also an #1 international bestseller and a Target Book Club Pick. The screen rights to both novels have been optioned. Learn more: shilpigowda.com
Vinny is the co-owner and vice president of Operations for Snopes, the Internet’s top resource for fact-checking myths, rumors, and other Internet misinformation. Green joined Snopes after co-founding an ad-tech company, working with and consulting for top tier publishers. Currently, he handles Snopes’s business developments, partnerships and strategy, as well as product development. Green has been integral to the establishment of key Snopes partnerships with Facebook and Google, and has recently been profiled by CNN, Forbes, and honored in Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in 2017. He is also a veteran, having served as a U.S Marine.
T. Greenwood is the author of eleven award-winning novels including “Two Rivers,” “Bodies of Water,” “Where I Lost Her” and “The Golden Hour.” She has received grants from the Maryland Arts Council, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Sherwood Anderson Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received four San Diego Book Awards. Greenwood teaches for San Diego Writers, Ink, and online for The Writer's Center. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two teenage daughters. Learn more: tgreenwood.com.
Neal is a 27-year law enforcement veteran and graduate of the FBI National Academy, where he studied forensic science and police ethics. His debut novel, “Benefit of the Doubt,” spent six weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. His follow up novel, “A Voice from the Field,” is a sequel and the second installment of his ongoing Newberg Mystery series. Griffin is currently working on his third novel, which will be published by Forge Books in the spring of 2018. Learn more: nealgriffin.com.
Hart wrote for Canadian television before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked on various TV programs before creating the series “Bones,” the longest-running scripted hour-long series on the Fox network. Married with two sons, Hart lives with his wife, Brigitte, in Venice, Calif. “The Driver” is his first novel.
Guy is a an award-winning journalist and longtime advocate for science and reason. He is the author of seven books, including “Think Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed” and “Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to Be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser.” Learn more: guypharrison.com.
Mina was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States years ago. An architect by training, Javaherbin has written four children’s books that explore cultures around the world inspired by Persian literature and sports. Her books have been translated into 23 languages, and her next book will be out in 2018. Lear more: minajavaherbin.com
Cindy is the author of 17 nonfiction books for young readers. As a longtime environmental educator and teacher, Jenson-Elliott writes books to get kids and families outside and into nature. She lives in San Diego with her family. Learn more: cindyjensonelliott.com
Richard is the author of more than 40 books about language, history and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is a founding co-host of “A Way With Words” on KPBS Radio. His syndicated column, “Lederer on Language,” appears every Saturday in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner. He makes more than a hundred appearances around San Diego each year. Learn more: verbivore.com/wordpress.
Virginia is an author, professor and former K-8 teacher. She’s currently directing the Liberal Studies program at San Diego State University. She writes books about things that geek her. She especially likes to write about her Chinese-American heritage. After all, she was born on Flag Day in the Year of the Dragon. She's also interested in writing fun facts about monsters, weird bodily noises, urban legends, hot dogs and anything on the odd side. She lives in San Diego with two non-trained naughty dogs and one semi-well-trained husband. Learn more: virginialoh.com.
Elizabeth is the author of “Casualties,” a novel about a defense executive who loses her son just when she thought he was home safe from his final deployment. Now she must face difficult truths about her past, her choices, the war, and her son. A former journalist, Betsy Marro’s work has appeared in such online and print publications as LiteraryMama.com, The San Diego Reader, and on her blog at elizabethmarro.com.cq Originally from northern New Hampshire, she now lives in San Diego. “Casualties” is her first novel. Learn more: elizabethmarro.com.
Amanda served six years in the Navy, including a 2005 deployment to Iraq. Her Iraq War memoir, “A Foreign Affair,” was published in October 2016 and tells the story of her deployment to Baghdad, where she met her husband, an Iraqi national who served as her translator. Her second book, “Voicing the Eagle” (fall 2017) is a de facto prequel to “A Foreign Affair,” and chronicles her husband’s story of being an Iraqi college student recruited off his neighborhood street in Baghdad to translate for U.S. forces throughout the course of the Iraq War. Learn more: amandamatti.com.
Doreen is a professor and chair of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She holds a PhD in Geography from Clark University, and MA from UCLA, and a BA from UC Berkeley. Dr. Mattingly regularly teaches courses on Women’s Work, Sex, Power, and Politics, Women in International Development, and Women’s Movements and Activism. Her most recent book is “A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars.” (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). She is currently working on a book-length project about feminist policy in California in the 1960s and 1970s. Learn more: mattingly.sdsu.edu.
Susan is the award-winning author of three novels, “Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands,” “True Fires” and “A Place We Knew Well,” plus the non-fiction “Boomers 101: The Definitive Collection.” Widely selected by libraries and universities for their One Book, One Community and Freshman Year Read programs, McCarthy’s work is inspired by true events in her home state of Florida — a series of shocking race crimes, corrupt small-town politics, a week of military-imposed terror — and by true-to-life characters. caught at the flashpoint when the larger political become suddenly, intensely personal. A Florida native, she lives in Carlsbad. Learn more: susancarolmccarthy.com.
Scott is the founding marketing director of the USS Midway Museum and author of seven non-fiction books, including three about the USS Midway. His Civil War biography, “Surgeon in Blue,” was a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, “Honor Before Glory,” is the riveting true story of a rescue mission by Japanese-American soldiers of the 442nd that became the most-decorated unit for bravery of its size in WWII. He has appeared on a number of local and national news programs. Learn more: scottmcgaugh.com
Laura holds a master’s degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University and is the author, with her husband, Tom, of four critically acclaimed young adult novels. Laura’s solo debut novel, “Dark Water,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent novel, “The Practice House,” is a family saga set in Kansas and Fallbrook during the Great Depression, and is her first book for adults. She lives with her family in Coronado. Learn more: mcnealbooks.com.
Molly is a professor of history at the University of San Diego. Her academic honors include USD’s distinguished University Professorship and the Davies Award for Faculty Achievement. She is the author of four books and numerous articles in the fields of British and U.S. history, including the recently published “Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money and American Philanthropy, 1832-1936.” (2017). A ninth-generation San Diegan, she edits The Journal of San Diego History for the San Diego History Center.
Susan is an multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include “A Bridge Across the Ocean” and “Secrets of a Charmed Life,” a Goodreads Best Historical Fiction finalist for 2015. She is also a RITA finalist and Christy and Carol awards winner. When she’s not writing novels, Meissner Susan is a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing. Learn more: susanlmeissner.com.
Leslie graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and San Diego Writers, Ink, and lives in San Diego. She is the author of “Fourteen: A Daughter’s Memoir of Adventure, Sailing, and Survival,” (She Writes Press, October 2015), which has won five indie book awards. Learn more: lesliejohansennack.com.
Vincent is an independent scholar and the author, co-author or editor of 11 works, most recently, “Torch: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory” and, with Leonard Heinz, “Clash of Fleets, Naval Battles of World War I.” (Naval Institute 2017). He was awarded the Naval Institute Press Author of the Year for 2015. His articles have appeared in Naval War College Review, Warship, MHQ and other publications. He holds a history degree from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in Chula Vista. Learn more: vohara.com.
T. Jefferson Parker is the author of numerous novels and short stories, the winner of three Edgar Awards, and the recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he was an award-winning reporter. He lives in Fallbrook. Learn more: tjeffersonparker.com.
Kelly is a professor and surgeon at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center. Author Stephen King called his first novel, “Doing Harm,” the "best medical thriller I've read in 25 years." Of UNDER THE KNIFE, the Associated Press wrote: "an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices." He lives with his family in San Diego. Learn more: kellyparsonsbooks.com.
Sally J. Pla is the debut author of “The Someday Birds,” (HarperCollins 2017), an autistic coming-of-age story that's been receiving wide acclaim. Two more books for young people, a novel and a picture book, are coming in 2018. Her books all have neurodiversity at their core. Sally lives with her spouse and sons in San Diego. Learn more: sallyjpla.com.
Barrett is a New England native who later became a California girl, in sunny La Jolla. She has traveled and lived in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. She coaches women entrepreneurs and speaks on life transitions, girlpower and diversity in children's literature. Learn more: barrettcpowell.com
Matthew’s latest high-stakes thriller Dead Man Switch delivers nonstop twists, turns and action. Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego.
Midge is the author of the novel “My Last Continent” and the award-winning short-story collection “Forgetting English.” Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. Raymond worked in publishing in New York before moving to Boston, where she taught communication writing at Boston University. for six years. She has taught creative writing at Boston's Grub Street Writers, Seattle's Richard Hugo House and San Diego Writers, Ink. She has also published two books for writers, “Everyday Writing” and “Everyday Book Marketing.” Learn more: midgeraymond.com.
Judy is a writer and teacher who has published four books on writing, including the award-winning “A Writer’s Book of Days” and, most recently, “Wild Women, Wild Voices.” Her work has appeared in the San Diego Reader; The Frozen Moment; A Year in Ink; Connotations Press; Serving House Journal; Waymark; and Expressive Writing, Classroom and Community, and other journals and anthologies. She teaches at writing conferences internationally and at San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit literary center she co-founded. Current writing project: a memoir based on an around-the-world trip she took many years ago. Learn more: judyreeveswriter.com.
Kristin is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days writing stories instead of software. “The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World” is her first novel. Learn more: kristinrockaway.com.
Andrew is the author of “Where You Live,” a short story collection and his most recent book. His debut novel, “The Miracle Girl,” was a finalist in 2016 for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His fiction has been published in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Slice and The Cincinnati Review, and other publications, as well as the anthologies 24 Bar Blues (Press 53) and Where Love Is Found (Washington Square Press). His nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com, and elsewhere. He lives in Oceanside with his wife and three children. Learn more: andrewroeauthor.com.
Caitlin Rother has written 11 books of narrative non-fiction, fiction and memoir, including “Then No One Can Have Her,” “Dead Reckoning,” “Lost Girls” and “Poisoned Love.” An investigative reporter at daily newspapers for 19 years, her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Daily Beast. Her more than 100 TV and radio appearances include “Nancy Grace” and numerous shows on Investigation Discovery, A&E, C-SPAN and various PBS affiliates. Rother also works as a coach/consultant in writing and research, and teaches at San Diego Writers, Ink. Learn more: caitlinrother.com.
Jim is the author of the novel “Forest of Fortune” and the short story collection “Big Lonesome.” He is the co-author of “My Damage” with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, and “Giving the Finger” with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Ruland writes about books for San Diego CityBeat, gambling for Eephus and punk rock for Razorcake, America’s only non-profit independent music zine. He lives and works in San Diego. Learn more: jimruland.net
Scott is the creator of 15 novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. He is also a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his young adult Galactic Football League series. In 2005, he built a large online following by releasing his audio books as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. Loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded more than 35 over thirty-five million individual episodes. Sigler lives in San Diego. Learn more: scottsigler.com.
Rocco lives in San Diego and is an English professor at Palomar College, where he teaches composition, literature and creative writing, and serves as the co-adviser for the school’s award-winning literary journal, Bravura. His writing has appeared in The English Journal, The International Journal of Comic Art, Midwestern Gothic and the Georgetown Review, and he is the author of “This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature.” (Bloomsbury, 2007). His latest book, “That Hidden Road,” won a 2015 San Diego Book Award for outstanding memoir. Learn more: roccoversaci.com.
Victor is the author of “Rain of Gold,” “Thirteen Senses” and “Burro Genius.” He is also the author of five ancestral-themed bilingual children’s books and has written several screenplays, including the “Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.” He continues to live on the North County San Diego ranch where he grew up. Learn more: victorvillasenor.com
Lynn is an New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist. Her books include “Same Kind of Different as Me,” “Heaven is for Real” and “Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command.” Vincent's books have sold more than 15 million copies, with two produced as major films, including “Same Kind of Different as Me,” a Paramount picture coming out in October. 2017. Lynn She lives in the eastern San Diego County mountains with her husband, Danny, and their three labradors, Abby, Riggs and Treasure. Learn more: lynnvincent.com.
Bill grew up in a La Mesa household filled with books. His legendary career as a basketball player included college and professional championships and led to ongoing work as a sports announcer. He is active with various non-profit organizations in San Diego. His memoir, “Back From the Dead,” recounts his life-changing return from catastrophic injuries.
Megan has dabbled in many pastimes over the years, ranging from playing the cello to a dozen different outdoor adventure sports. Eventually, she discovered the only way to do it all was though writing. —her first and strongest passion. Megan Westfield grew up in Washington state, attended college in Oregon, served as a Navy officer and was the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Southern California. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego, where she and her husband count family beach time with their two young kids as an adventure sport. Learn more: meganwestfield.com.cq
Kiersten is the New York Times bestselling author of “And I Darken, Now I Rise,” the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, “The Chaos of Stars,” “Illusions of Fate,” “In the Shadows” with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and “Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales.” She lives with her family in San Diego. Learn more: kierstenwhite.com.
Salina is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of nearly 200 books for young children, specializing in formats that are unique and interactive, including the popular Penguin picture book series. Among her awards is the San Diego Book Award for Best Published Children's Book for “Pinwheel.” San Diego County also declared Sept. 23, 2014, “Salina Yoon Day,” for her contributions to children's literature. Learn more: salinayoon.com.