MEET THE FYA GALS
Sarah lives in Austin, TX. She loves baked goods, fancy pants drinks and dance parties. Her dream in life is to be Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail (but without the store closing part). Her favorite YA boy is Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road. Well… he’s actually tied with Wes from The Truth About Forever and Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series. And also Cameron Quick from Sweethearts. And ok obviously Sarah has a lot of book crushes, which is one of the reasons she started this site.
Jenny recently 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Studied Apparel Merchandising and Entrepreneurship at Auburn University. After school she moved to New York and worked for J. Crew Corp before opening her own overstock boutique in Austin, TX called Plain Ivey Jane. She enjoys fostering puppies, anything fried, and finishing things… like bottles.
An ex-pat living in the tiny town of Loughborough, England, which is somewhere near the middle. Her love of reading can be credited to her mom, who helped her read A Wrinkle in Time when she was six. She used to read YA on her Kindle, but can now be seen proudly roaming the Teen stacks at her library. She also enjoys cooking, camping, reading But Not the Hippopotamus to her son, and drinking cask-conditioned ales with her husband.