MEET THE FYA GALS
Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she heads up programming and promotions for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. 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 dogs, Mrs. Mollie Weasley and Frigga, 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 lives in San Francisco and has an excessive fondness of spreadsheets, turquoise sparkly things, and bourbon. She is also a literary agent with Lupine Grove Creative. When she's not reading, writing, or writing about reading, she cooks obsessively, runs an Etsy shop, and thrifts for vintage everything.
Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her cute husband and even cuter dog. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. (She's still got a soft spot for the swoony, contemporary stuff.) A former magazine editor, she is now a freelance writer, graphic designer, art director and photo stylist. The rest of her time is spent drinking cocktails, renovating her house and laughing at her husband's ridiculous Pretty Little Liars theories.
Stephanie is an avid reader who moonlights as a college Educational Advisor. Though she now calls Orlando home, she grew up all over the U.S. While she still misses the mountains of Colorado and despises the Florida humidity, she discovered she became a true 'Floridian' once she realized she preferred flip-flops to any other type of shoes. Aside from her obsession with YA books and book-related activities, Stephanie loves watching way too much television, reading organizational/DIY blogs, planning awesome parties, Halloween decorating, and playing live-action escape games. She would never turn down a whisky sour or a Mai Tai.
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 former Editorial Director of Birth.Movies.Death 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.
Amanda R. is an East Coast girl living in California who will never stop missing a true autumn. She's a bookseller who specializes in kid and teen lit, the leader of FYA Oakland, and bakes a damn fine pie.
Kandis read adult fiction as a teenager and now makes up for it by reading all the YA she can get her hands on. (The swoonier, the better!) She lives in Austin, where she enjoys Wonder Woman collectibles, livetweeting everything, and cocktails with her FYA book club pals. She has never stopped watching Veronica Mars.
Kate has fallen asleep before the end of every movie she’s ever watched after 9:00 pm, yet she can often be found reading into the wee hours of the morn. She is a lifelong Arkansan, and works for the state at a very generic desk job. She spends most of her days wishing she were at happy hour with the rest of her LRFYA lit fam, talking about The Raven Cycle and Sarah J. Maas. Her cats rule the roost.
FORMER FYA WRITERS
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.
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.
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.
Savannah Kitchens is a children’s librarian living near Birmingham, Alabama. She loves discussing Harry Potter fan theories, making lists, and baking pies. When she’s not reading YA books and graphic novels, she’s beating her husband at Scrabble.
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.