MEET THE FYA GALS
Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. The founder of FYA, Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).
A resident of Edmonton, AB, Mandy first learned English via stories from Stoneybrook and Sweet Valley. When she is not raiding the library for YA novels, she enjoys teen TV shows, terrible movies, and bands with pretentious names. Since she is too short to be an astronaut, her dream job involves opening a bakery with Peeta Mellark.
A small town girl living in a nerdy world, Mandy has been known to ponder forgoing many a social engagement because she's too immersed in a book to put it down. Currently living in Austin, TX, with her high-school sweetheart husband and their dog, Mrs. Mollie Weasley, Mandy's previously lived on both coasts of the country, and therefore has, like, a wicked random vocabulary, y'all. Mandy loves superheroes and pretty much any TV show or movie with "Star" in the name, and if she can't express her feelings in GIF form, they're just not worth expressing.
Jennie is the leader of the San Francisco FYA book club and an old-school member of the L.J. Smith fandom. When she's not reading or talking about reading, she cooks obsessively, runs an Etsy shop, thrifts for vintage everything, practices law, and resents how much the single season of The Secret Circle sucked.
Wrote his first YA novel when he was down and out in Mexico. He now lives in Missouri with his wonderful wife and daughter. He divides his time between writing and working as a school librarian. Brian still misses the preachy YA books of the eighties.
A lifelong Christopher Pike nerd, Meredith only read scary YA growing up and has since expanded her horizons thanks to Forever Young Adult. She used to skip class so she could read in the bathroom because she was really bad at being a rebel. She's the managing editor of Badass Digest and a resident of Houston, and her dog's middle name is Hermione. She doesn't trust people who only drink champagne on special occasions.
Jill has been reading murder mysteries since she was old enough to wrap her hands around a Nancy Drew book. She can be found most days in Houston sewing or teaching others to sew.
Alexis grew up in Wyoming, where she did NOT ride horses to school, but did write her IB extended essay on the youth of heroism in Peter Pan and Stargirl. In spite of this, she was shocked years later to realize how seriously she loved YA lit (blame the snobbery of academia for the blindness). She now lives in Washington DC, where she reads so much YA and MG she built a whole scavenger hunt around it.
Catie grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she often stayed up past her bedtime reading with a flashlight and once sent homemade Hogwarts acceptance letters to her friends. Now an adult, she still loves books and TV meant for teens, but is grateful to no longer have a bedtime.
Kerensa is a writer living in Los Angeles. She grew up on binge reading Sweet Valley High and watching Saved by the Bell at a very young age. Hence, she is now unable to grow out of this life-long phase. She loves terrible teen television, young adult novels and probably listens to One Direction more than she should. She also enjoys more adult things like margaritas on patios and dance parties. A Marcus Flutie/Nate Archibald man-hybrid remains her ideal.
Besides Harry Potter, Forever by Judy Blume, and reheating leftovers, Lee managed to spend her youth ignorant of both YA literature and cooking. Somehow her post-pubescent life now revolves around these two hobbies, with mixed results. Currently living in Houston, TX, Lee spends her days drinking craft beer, daydreaming of spending her life with Cameron Quick, and making sure the fire alarm in her kitchen is functioning.
When she's not using her mad skills to teach others how to cook and bake, Amanda can be found dreaming of her place in the Whedon-verse (preferably with Spike and Andrew), compulsively adding more YA books to her to-read list, snuggling her 3 cats or making queso. (Texas forever!)
Maria is originally from Montana but goes to school in the Bay Area, where she totally fails to take advantage of the tech industry. Instead, she is majoring in history and creative writing, with which she plans to do...something. Currently her hope is that someone will come along and offer to pay her to read YA novels and eat cupcakes. Until that day, Maria spends most of her time studying and petitioning the university to let her keep a cat in her dorm.
Savannah Kitchens is doing the Lord’s work spreading YA lit to the masses as the head (and only member - but who’s really counting?) of the YA department at her library near Birmingham, Alabama. When she’s not disappointing her parents, she’s bottle drinking wine and playing board games with her husband.
Bianca's geekery started at a young age on a C64. She now geeks out about Japanese shows, Doctor Who, and video games. She fell in love with YA and urban fantasy in middle school thanks to So You Want To Be A Wizard, which some days she argues is better than Harry Potter. Bianca lives in Austin, TX and is currently in a long distance relationship, giving her ample time to listen to audiobooks like the Chaos Walking trilogy and openly weep in her car.
Jenny moved to Austin from Cambridge, MA. She has been reading non-stop since Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion found its way into her 9-year old hands. Apart from spending time reading, she loves writing, watching movies, tasty beverages, and other leisure activities that don’t require her to leave her house/restaurant/bar.
Erin read her first YA novel when she was seven. At the time, she felt this made her super-edgy and smart, but it was quickly pointed out to her that she’d read, with equal enthusiasm, the back of a cereal box if it was placed in front of her. She’s become slightly more discerning over the years, but her bookshelf continuously hovers at 50% YA novels. She still reads the backs of cereal boxes with enthusiasm.
Meghan is an erstwhile librarian in exile from Texas. She loves books (obvs), cooking and homey things like knitting. Although she’s around books all the time, she doesn’t get to read as much as she’d like. She can’t remember learning to read, and went from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to Nancy Drew pretty quickly, and when Lois Lowry’s Rabble Starkey found its way into her 8-year-old hands, it was all over. She’s waiting for the day Meg Cabot shows up at her door with a DVD of Bring it On, a makeup kit and 2 dozen cupcakes and says she wants to have a slumber party.
Growing up, Alix was far too affected to read YA books, preferring to keep busy with the likes of Oscar Wilde and other similarly posh authors. As an adult, she is emphatically making up for lost time by having appalling taste in television and reading any teen lit she can get her hands on. Alix lives in
Washington, DC, where she wishes she could stay at home all day reading books, drinking expensive champagne, and making t-shirts like Marcus Flutie Scotland, where she is pretty effing cold.
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Though always a Minnesotan at heart, Megan currently lives in Washington DC and works for The Man. She spends much of her time reading books, reading about books, thinking about books and getting her husband’s library card (hers has too many fines) frozen on account of having too many overdue books at any given time. When she isn’t doing the aforementioned activities, she is busy taking unnaturally long naps or playing with her level 85 druid. If she could spoon with any fictional character it would either be Peeta or the tag-team action of twins Sandy and Dennys.