Shelley Sackier, author of The Freemason’s Daughter and Dear Opl, writes middle grade and YA fiction. She visits schools to illuminate the merits of embracing failure just like NASA and to further her campaign to erect monuments to all librarians.
Lauren Sanders, author of The Book of Love and Hate, also wrote Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award. Her writing has appeared in various publications and journals including Bookforum, American Book Review, and Time Out New York.
Melissa Scholes Young, author of Flood, was born and raised in Hannibal, Mo. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Narrative, Poets & Writers, and other literary journals. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C.
Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief, lives in Chicago with his spouse, writer Kathleen Rooney. The Mirror Thief—which won praise from Publishers Weekly, NPR, and the New York Times Book Review—is his first novel.
SJ Sindu, author of Marriage of a Thousand Lies, was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and teaches at Ringling College of Art & Design.
David Stenhouse is the senior producer of Backstory, the American History podcast produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He relocated with his family to Charlottesville in January.