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
Michael Gettel-Gilmartin ~
Blog Manager ~ 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
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
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 now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two sons. She's the author of the historical verse novels, May B. (2012) and Blue Birds (2015), as well as the picture book, Over in the Wetlands (2014). websitefacebookblogtwitter
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
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. Eden is the author of The Young Inventors Guild Trilogy. The first book in the series, The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black came out in 2011. The second volume, The Ravens of Solemano, was published in September, 2013. 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.
Joy McCullough-Carranza – Joy grew up in San Diego (where she was a total bookworm), went to college in Chicago (where she studied theater and became a playwright), and lived in Guatemala for a year (where she met her husband). Now she makes her home in Seattle with two book-obsessed kids and an equally book-obsessed husband. A walk through their home includes the ever-present danger of a falling stack of books. Between homeschooling her children, freelance writing and editing, answering someone else’s fan mail, and writing her own middle grade fiction, Joy is excited to make room for Project Mayhem in her life. WebsiteTwitterBlog
Braden Bell - was the least-stable, lowest-achieving middle school student in the history of civilization. He shocked every former teacher by eventually earning both a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in theatre. A middle school teacher by day and a father by night, he is around middle-grade mayhem 24/7. He teaches choir and directs plays, but whether he fights evil on evenings and weekends is something he cannot disclose. Braden lives with his wife and children on a quiet, tree-lined lot outside of Nashville, TN. He is the author of THE KINDLING, PENUMBRAS, and the forthcoming LUMINESCENCE. BlogTwitterFacebook
Joe McGee - Joe was raised by wolves. Llama riding, Irish wolves who roamed the countryside, selling stories for cheese and Sour Patch Kids. At the age of 12, he began to write these stories down, filling spiral-bound notebooks. He has not stopped. He has ink in his blood and words in his heart. He is 17 feet tall and can swallow fire and can play six ukuleles at once and may have been a pirate in another life... Wait. None of that’s true? Well….what about the spiral-bound notebooks filled with stories? Yes, that part IS true.
He LOVES quirky, dark, strange fiction. (Tips hat to Roald Dahl.) He enjoys witty banter. Cemeteries, shadows, and tentacles make him warm and fuzzy. Joe has his Master’s Degree in writing and is very close to finishing his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at The Vermont College of Fine Arts (July 2014). He is represented by Linda Epstein of the Jennifer DeChiara agency. Joe writes picture books, young adult, and middle-grade(HUZZAH!) His zombie picture book, PEANUT BUTTER AND BRAINS is forthcoming from Abrams in 2014. WebsiteTwitter