Cast of Characters

A whole lot of character.

Cast of Characters

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).

Mandy Wan
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.  

Mandy Curtis
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. 

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.

Amanda R.
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.

Britt lives in San Francisco, CA. When she’s not sprawled out on her classroom floor after a long day of droppin’ knowledge, she can be found at home reading YA and/or reminding Netflix that yes she is still watching, thank you very much. Her patronus is a bespectacled giraffe.

Amanda K.
Amanda K. likes her heroines brash, her romantic leads snarky, and her video games Triple A. When she’s not re-enacting her favorite TV monologues, she’s getting up to all kinds of shenanigans with the San Francisco FYA Book Club.


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.

Megan no h
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.

Britt Hayes is a writer, professional slacker, respectable lady person, and pizza enthusiast who lives in Austin, Texas. She loves film, rotting her brain with television, and Stephen King. She is a total dingus.

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.

It's taken a decade, but Lacey has finally decided she misses the beaches of Southern California where she grew up. (It took only about a minute for her to miss the Mexican food.) However, she's pretty committed to the fun and sun of Denver, CO, where she plays with numbers and spreadsheets by day, and drinks boozy slushies with her husband and puppy by night. The puppy just pretends.

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. 

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.

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.

Kathleen Smith
Kathleen is a therapist living in DC. When she’s not crying about middle-aged women on television, she helps fangirls with their problems. Despite her passion for dystopian novels, she remains utterly unprepared for the apocalypse.

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.

Kelly is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA. She spends her days with her family playing video games, reading comic books, volunteering at the library, and making crafts. She’s pretty sure she never really grew up. You can find Kelly on Twitter at @kelly_knox or at her geeky-themed craft blog, the st{art} button.

A California native, Christy has many passions: her dogs, her husband, Supernatural, and her overflowing bookshelves. YA is her life and love (don't tell her aforementioned husband, k?). Her friends think she might be a little crazy because she says she has a book hangover like once a week.