Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer from Acton, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, was optioned with Dakota Johnson attached to star. Her second book, After I Do, was called a “must read” by Kirkus. Her third book, Maybe In Another Life, will be out in July 2015. Taylor’s acclaimed books, published with Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, have been translated into 14 languages.
In addition to her novels, Taylor’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, xoJane, and a number of other blogs.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.
Karen Katchur is a full-time fiction writer and winner of a short story award. She is an active member in both the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has held various board positions in the local chapter, Pocono Lehigh Romance Writers. When she’s not reading or writing, she instructs fitness classes and holds a M. Ed in Health and Physical Education as well as a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
The Secrets of Lake Road is her debut novel. Library Journal called it a “beautiful, heartbreaking, and affecting debut, reminiscent of the work of Heather Gudenkauf, will have readers craving more from Katchur.”
Rebecca Phillips third novel, Out Of Nowhere, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She’s also the author of the best-selling Just You series. Her next YA novel, Faking Perfect (Kensington), is set to be released on June 30, 2015.
Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. School Library Journal said of Faking Perfect: “Fans of Sarah Dessen’s novels will enjoy this book. Phillips will soon be a must-read YA writer for those who love romance and drama.”
Stats Canada is a team of writers and illustrators. They have a broad range of talents and professions and regularly maintain the @Stats_Canada Twitter feed. They met while writing for the online publication TheImpersonals.com.
Danny Appleby founded and runs the acclaimed creative agency Think Tank Creative, where he spends his days creating digital art and eating cereal. Aside from being a visual artist, Danny has been a semi-professional rollerblader, a grade seven public speaking regional runner-up, a backup harmonica player (in his older brother’s band), and an avid writer both creatively and journalistically. He made the move into the world of children’s stories after being inspired to do so by his four nieces, Aubrey, Marlow, Joely, and of course, Ella. Danny lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Larry Smith holds his BA and MA from the University of Waterloo. Specializing in forecasting and the economics of innovation, he has worked with governments, financial institutions, professional associations and companies developing new markets or new products. His first book No Fear, No Excuses: What You Need To Do To Have A Great Career is based on his popular TEDx Talk Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career which received over 5 million views world-wide. No Fear, No Excuses will be released with HarperCollins Canada and HMH in Spring ’16.
Debby Carreau, CEO and Founder of Inspire HR, holds an MBA and a professional designation in Human Resources. One of the few female members of Young Presidents Organization, Debby is also a platform partner for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. Her inaugural publication The Mentor Myth will be published in Spring ’16.
Julianna Scott is the author of The Holders Series. After receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she’d been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere. While she had always excelled in writing throughout school, she’d never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she’d gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back. She lives in Chicago.
Kim Cano is the author of three women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, which tells the story of a young woman’s journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship, On The Inside, a novel about a middle-aged woman who is sentenced to 17 years in prison for committing a white collar crime, and Eighty and Out, a story about two sisters who make a pact to not live past age eighty.
Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book goes to the ASPCA to help homeless pets.
Kim Cano lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.
Caitlin Rantala lives in Nashville, but writes books not songs. She wears red lipstick, rides horses, and trains in Krav Maga. Her debut sci fi New Adult novel Industry Darling was featured on MTV.com.
“It’s a heart-pounding non-stop ride to the finish that I never saw coming. I couldn’t put it down and almost missed my train stop.” – Katherine Locke, author of Second Position & the District Ballet Company series