Hilary Wagner ~ Founder of PROJECT MAYHEM and lover of Cheetos. My first novel, NIGHTSHADE CITY debuted in 2010. Book II of the Nightshade Chronicles, THE WHITE ASSASSIN released Oct. 2011, and my latest book, KINGS OF TRILLIUM, comes out in 2013! I also write for National Geographic School Publishing. My agent is Marietta Zacker of Nancy Gallt. Favorite Book of all time: The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame. blogwebsitetrailertwitterfacebookgoodreads
Dee Garretson ~Writing both keeps me from going crazy, and also can drive me crazy, but I wouldn’t want another career. I live in Ohio with my husband, two children (who I use as guinea pigs for writing research-a post for another time), and two cats. When I’m not writing, my family and I love to travel, read, watch movies, and work on projects of all sorts. Between the projects and the books, our house is…um…slightly cluttered. I also love to garden, and aspire to my own secret garden just like the one in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book. I’m letting the weeds grow tall, so I’m almost there. websiteblogtwittergoodreadsfacebook
Dawn Lairamore ~I live in northern California, where I adore the wispy winters and grudgingly tolerate the sweltering summers, and write the whole year round. I love stories with a twist. My debut novel, Ivy's Ever After (Holiday House, May 2010), is a fractured fairy tale about a princess and a dragon who team up against a handsome prince. You can read Chapter 1 at my website. I have never seen/read Fight Club and have no idea why this blog is called Project Mayhem. I just go with it :) websitetrailerfacebookgoodreads
Marissa Burt ~ I am an unabashed lover of all things book-related. Like most avid readers, I’ve tried my hand at writing. Short stories, poetry, novels – you name it, I’ve probably attempted it. I’m thrilled to announce that my first book, STORYBOUND, will be released by HarperCollins Children’s in early 2012. When not writing, I enjoy time with my husband, three sons, and the clowder of cats that surround our house. I like to bake (mostly sweets), garden (any plant that survives my meddling), act (the more dramatic, the better), and read (of course). twitter facebookgoodreadsblog
Yahong Chi ~ Yahong Chi does have a face. The avatar to the left there just represents her mysterious, magnetic and marvelous personality much better. When not writing her brains out over her latest novel, Yahong studies, eats and cleans. (Writing one's brains out does leave quite a mess, you know.) Oh yeah, and she's Canadian. (Didn't we say she was marvelous?) blogtwitter
Michael Winchell ~ I grew up in Liverpool, but not the one across the Atlantic. I’m not that fortunate. No, I grew up in the Liverpool that’s located in upstate New York, slightly less romantic than its European counterpart. I’ve been an English teacher for more than a decade, and I feel lucky to be around many authentic “characters” each day. Bits and pieces of my quirky, vivacious students come together—idiosyncrasies and all—to create realistic characters in my writing. I pride myself on writing the types of stories young readers are aching to find when they crack open a book. I live in East Syracuse, New York, with my amazing wife Shelby, my super-cool son A.J., and my daughter Savannah. I write middle-grade and young-adult books, and I'm represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Grouptwitter
Caroline Starr Rose ~ Caroline spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. As a girl she danced ballet, raced through books, composed poetry on an ancient typewriter, and put on magic shows in a homemade cape. She’s taught both social studies and English in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. In her classroom she worked to instill in her students a passion for books, the freedom to experiment with words, and a curiosity about the past. Caroline has recently returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Her debut Novel, MAY B. releases winter of 2012. websitefacebook
Matt MacNish ~ Matthew MacNish is the father of two beautiful young ladies, three lazy cats and one adorable German Shepard. Together they live in the mountains of north Georgia amidst his endless collection of vinyl records, Lord of the Rings memorabilia, Star Wars figures, and books about swords. You can find him on his blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Paul Greci ~ Paul grew up in northern Indiana where he spent as much time as he could on the Lake Michigan shoreline. After high school Paul discovered mountains. He worked his way west and north, and after a five year lay-over in California, settled in Alaska, where he’s lived for the past twenty years. When he isn’t teaching English or writing YA and MG fiction or figuring out how to keep the moose out of his vegetable garden, Paul roams the mountains and paddles his kayak on the coastlines, watching bears catch salmon and sea otters cracking mussel shells. His middle grade novel, Stranded, a survival story set in the Alaska wilderness, was awarded second place in the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual contest. Paul is represented by Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency. blogtwitterfacebook
Michael Gettel-Gilmartin ~ When his eldest son reached middle school, Michael discovered middle grade fiction and he hasn’t looked back since. He likes funny, he likes spooky—and if something’s funny AND spooky, he’s in seventh heaven. A writer for as long as he can remember, Michael has recently taken to blogging with a vengeance. Currently he is Don Vito’s right hand man (some might say ‘dogsbody’) at Middle Grade Mafioso. Becoming part of Project Mayhem is a dream come true. Originally from England, Michael now lives with his wife, three sons, and a pack of guard dogs (all named Fluffy) in Portland, Oregon. He's represented by Stephen Fraser at The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. BlogTwitter
Shannon O'Donnell ~ Shannon has a master's degree in Education and teaches high school English in Montana, where she lives with her husband and three children. She loves daffodils and lattes and anything chocolate. To Shannon, some of the best books on earth are Cornelia Funke's Inkheart Trilogy, The Fablehaven series, and anything by James Dashner. On the writing side of things, she is the author of two picture books and a middle grade novel and is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary. While seeking the right 'home' for her stories, she continues writing and working with young writers in her community.blogfacebooktwittergoodreads
Eden Unger Bowditch~Eden has been writing since she was very, very small. She has been writing since she could use her brain to think of something to say. She has written songs and stories and plays, shopping lists and film scripts and secret notes and dreams and poems and books and others things. She has been a musician and a journalist and a welder and an editor and an author and other things, too. The best thing of all is that she gets to be a mom. That's her favorite. And she gets to be married to her best friend. Writing is right after that in favorite things. Riding camels, that’s cool, too, but not a favorite. The Atomic Weight of Secrets… is the first book in the Young Inventors Guild Trilogy. Presently, Eden lives with her family in Cairo, Egypt. But that’s another story entirely….
Dianne is a fifth grade teacher by day and a writer by night. (Not to mention
also being a wife, mother, blogger, and social media addict.) She's the author
of two YA historical novels, WE HEAR THE DEAD (Sourcebooks 2010) and THE CAGED
GRAVES (Clarion 2013), and a MG fantasy series (THE EIGHTH DAY (HarperCollins
2014). She loves the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, especially in the ski
season, and is prone to hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000
year-old pyramids all in the name of book research.
Chris writes from her office with a view in small-town New Mexico. She gets
bored when she starts to feel too competent, so she keeps things interesting by
mixing up genres and age ranges. Her middle grade fiction includes The Well of
Sacrifice (a drama in ninth-century Mayan culture), The Eyes of Pharaoh (a
mystery in ancient Egypt), and the Haunted series, about a brother and sister
who travel with a ghost hunter TV show (starting with The Ghost on the Stairs).
She wrote two inspirational biographies for ages 8 to 12 under the name MM
Eboch: Jesse Owens: Young Record Breaker and Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier.
She also writes books and articles on writing, science, history, and culture,
and she writes for adults under the name Kris Bock.
Mihaley may or may not be a robot.There
is mounting evidence that he is in fact a robot.James emphatically denies this."I'm a trained hip hop dancer who can do
'The Robot'.That doesn't mean that I am
a robot.What is wrong with you
people?"Those who believe James is
a robot called him The Jim-Bot.They believe
the Jim-Bot takes hip hop classes because a dance floor is the only place where
you can do 'The Robot' without being accused of being a robot.They are convinced that 'You Can't Have My
Planet But Take My Brother, Please'(Macmillan/April, 2012) is the first
book in history written by a robot.NASA
and the FBI are currently investigating the Jim-Bot.
hates writing her own bios, probably because she has ADHD and often gets
distracted in mid-sentence. So, instead, she’s offered these points
about herself:1. Her
first spoken word was ‘kitty’. 2. Early
in her career, to support her fiction-writing habit, she worked as a tooth
fairy (don’t ask). 3.She’s
published close to 30 books for children, tweens and teens, selling more than
one million copies world-wide. 4.Her middle grade series 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents, 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher
and 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies (“They are novels, not instruction
manuals!”) have received numerous awards and honors (and only a handful of hate