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ALISON GREEN MYERS

Alison Green Myers writes young adult novels, the scarier the better. While her voice pleases the young adult crowd, her eye wanders to picture book design in her studies and instruction. She is a National Writing Fellow and an ARA for Eastern Pennsylvania’s chapter of SCBWI. She also works with the Highlights Foundation to plan and facilitate writers’ workshops at their Northeastern Pennsylvania retreat center. Alison contributes to the Foundation's blog as well as Kid Lit Ink marketing blog and HERE with her Ink Sister, Kim. 

Chat with her on Twitter: @Alisongmyers
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KIM BRIGGS
Kim once crashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice. 

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17 year old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall debuted November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing. Starr Lost & Starr Gone released January & June, 2017.

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees. 
Kim is the Co-Regional Advisor to SCBWI Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Through SCBWI, she met her writing group, Ink Sisters. The Sisters destruct plot and kill characters all the while cracking her up. Kim also contributes to the Kid Lit Ink marketing blog. Kim’s family gives her the courage to survive the crazy world of publishing.
Chat with her on twitter: @KimBriggsWrite To learn more about Kim and her upcoming books and events, visit her website: KIM BRIGGS















  

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