Summer Tour of Texas Young Adult Authors

Who’s Who

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JENNIFER ARCHER has been a finalist twice for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award and in 2006 was a finalist for the prestigious Rita Award and a nominee for a Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her debut Young Adult novel, Through Her Eyes — called “one deliciously creepy read” by the Young Adult Bookworm blog and “an evocative and unusual ghost story” by Publisher’s Weekly — was an April, 2011 release from Harper Teen. Archer has taught creative writing and has presented numerous talks and workshops for educators, students, writers’ organizations and bookstores. She resides in the Texas Panhandle with her husband, Jeff, and her dogs, Marge and Harry. Visit Jennifer online at www.jenniferarcher.net.



LARA CHAPMAN, author of FLAWLESS, grew up loving school, especially new school supplies (who doesn’t love the smell of new crayons?). She loved school so much, in fact, she tried to make a career out of it. But after an extended stay in college prompted her father to announce she couldn’t be a professional student, she finally declared a major and graduated with her teaching certificate, reluctantly leaping into the scary waters of adulthood. Since then, she’s been teaching various subjects at the intermediate school level and loving every second of it. Lara lives with her family in Dime Box, Texas (it’s as small as it sounds), where she reads and writes daily. She’s rarely – if ever – found without her laptop and iPhone. For more, visit Lara online at www.larachapman.com.



TERA LYNN CHILDS is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever (June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa, starting with Sweet Venom (October 4, 2011). Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages. For more, visit her online at http://www.teralynnchilds.com/.



JORDAN DANE launched her back-to-back debut suspense novels in 2008 after the 3-books sold in auction. Ripped from the headlines, Jordan’s gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag—naming her debut book NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as one of the Best Books of 2008. And Harlequin Teen is releasing two Young Adult novels by Dane – IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS (Apr 2011) and ON A DARK WING (2012). Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats and a rescue dog named Taco. For more, visit www.JordanDane.com.



TRACY DEEBS collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. An avid fan of mermaids, dragons and things that go bump in the night, Tracy spends her free time reading, dancing, shopping and researching all things weird and spooky. For more, visit Tracy online at http://www.tracydeebs.com/.



SOPHIE JORDAN, the author of FIRELIGHT, grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. When she’s not writing, Sophie spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. For more, visit Sophie online at http://www.sophiejordan.net/.



MARI MANCUSI used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession –journalism — instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of 14 books for teens and adults, including The Blood Coven Vampire series. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure–videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob. You can find Mari online at www.bloodcovenvampires.com.

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