Meet Our Authors

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E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

E. Kristin Anderson has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but hasn’t helped her get any jobs in ancient Rome. However, she did briefly work for The New Yorker. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Ms. Anderson is an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain. With Miranda Kenneally, she founded, the blog upon which this book was based. As a poet she has been published in dozens of literary magazines all over the world. She wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson, and may or may not still be in a notebook at her parents’ house.
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Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan (2011), a contemporary YA novel about football and femininity. Her other books include Stealing Parker (2012) and Things I Can’t Forget (2013). Miranda is the co-creator of Dear Teen Me. She enjoys reading and writing young adult literature, and loves Star Trek, music, sports, Mexican food, Twitter, coffee, and her husband. Visit her at


Laura Barcella
The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…before it’s too late
Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World

Laura Barcella is a freelance writer and editor who can’t decide between New York and San Francisco. During the past ten-plus years, this pop-culture junkie and Washington, DC, native has written about feminism, music, news, and lifestyle topics for more than forty publications, including, the Village Voice, ELLEGirl, Time Out New York, NYLON, Bust,, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
As far as other books go, Laura is the editor of the anthology Madonna and Me, a book of essays by female writers about Madonna (Soft Skull Press, March 2012). She has also contributed to the anthologies BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine, Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption, and It’s All in Her Head, a forthcoming collection about women’s mental health.
When she’s not writing or editing, she’s reading magazines, at the movies, watching bad reality TV, eating imported gummy candy, or hanging out with animals (she has two cats and a dog, all rescues).


Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke
Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
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Kathy Belge co-authored the book Lipstick & Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships and writes on lesbian life for Curve magazine and She has worked extensively with queer youth and was the director of the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center, Oregon’s largest program for LGBT teens. Kathy lives in Portland, Oregon.

Marke Bieschke is the former health and dating editor of and and a current Senior Editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has also spoken about gay issues on National Public Radio and CBS radio. Marke lives in San Francisco, California.


Lori Bergamotto
Skin: The Bare Facts

Born and raised in Holmdel, New Jersey, Lori Bergamotto began her career in the beauty industry as an intern at Glamour magazine in 1998, while in her junior year at Rutgers College. In 2003, she moved on to Lucky magazine where she served as the associate beauty editor and senior beauty editor for two years. During this time she was tapped to be on MTV’s Made, as the coach to an unlikely Homecoming Queen hopeful. (And, yes, the teenager won!)

Since then, she has been a featured style expert with appearances on FOX, MTV, VH1, E!, CNN, CBS’s Early Show, NBC’s Weekend Today, and iVillage Live, as well as local NY network affiliates. In addition, Bergamotto has also appeared on over 20 different local talk shows across the country, satellite media tours doing beauty-focused segments, and acted as an emcee for industry events. She has also written for publications including Teen People, People StyleWatch, Real Simple magazine, and In Style Magazine.

Lori has lived in New York City, Rome, Italy, and San Diego, California, but enjoys traveling frequently. She currently resides in New York City, but splits her time between there and San Diego.


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Ramsey Beyer
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year

Ramsey Beyer grew up on a farm in Paw Paw, Michigan, before escaping to city life in Baltimore, where she received a BFA in experimental animation. She currently lives in Philadelphia and keeps her hands busy with all sorts of projects and activities, including gardening, working on comics in coffee shops, riding her bike all over Philly, and taking her dog, Rover, for long walks. She’s been making zines since 2004, when she discovered a love of mini-comics through Snakepit, Jeffrey Brown, Nicole Georges, and Clutch. Little Fish is her first published book.

Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton
Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change

Bonnie Burton is a San Francisco-based author who writes about everything from mean girls to Wookies. Her other books include The Star Wars Craft Book (Random House), Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Planets in Peril (DK Readers), Draw Star Wars: The Klone Wars (Klutz Books), You Can Draw: Star Wars (DK Children), and Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs (Apress). Her work has also appeared in The Girl’s Guide to Guys’ Stuff (Friends of Lulu) and in the magazines SFX, Wired, Star Wars Insider, Bust, Craft, and Organic Gardening.


Karen Buscemi
Split in Two: Keeping It Together When Your Parents Live Apart

Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, Karen is an active participant in the Detroit literary scene. She is the editor of StyleLine, a high-end fashion, beauty and home magazine for metro Detroit where, in addition to writing, she styles and art directs all the fashion and beauty spreads. Karen is also a member of Detroit Inkslingers, a local writing group that meets regularly. Karen has written for national publications including Self, Women’s Health, Figure, and Successful Living.

Karen has a patient and supportive family, including husband Frank Buscemi, and sons Noah Correll, and Jesse Buscemi. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing Rock Band with her family, chasing her baby around the house or in her bathroom, trying out the latest skin-care products and cosmetics.


Halley Bondy
Don’t Sit On the Baby
77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College
Speak Up! A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind

Halley Bondy is a Brooklyn-based writer and is currently lead digital editor for Oxygen. She has worked as senior editor for MTV World, as a news reporter for the Newark Star Ledger and as an an arts journalist for Back Stage. She has freelanced for Vice and the Village Voice. Halley is also a comedian, playwright, and the winner of a New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwrighting.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell
Daisy to the Rescue: True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes
Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species

Jeff Campbell is a freelance writer and book editor. For twelve years he was a travel writer for Lonely Planet, coauthoring guidebooks on Hawaii, Florida, the Southwest, and other US destinations. As an editor for the past twenty years, he has specialized in animal intelligence and emotions, among other topics. In particular he has worked with Dr. Marc Bekoff on several books, such as the highly regarded The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Northern New Jersey.


Jennifer Castle and Deborah Reber
Friends and Frenemies

Jennifer Castle is the creator and producer of “It’s My Life,” the award-winning PBS Kids website for tweens. She’s also the author of two novels for young adults, You Look Different in Real Life and The Beginning of After. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Deborah Reber is an accomplished author for tweens and teens. A former children’s television executive, Deborah uses her writing, speaking, and volunteering work to inspire girls everywhere to live their best life. Deborah is the author of more than eighteen published books, including Doable: The Girl’s Guide to Accomplishing Just about Anything and Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You. She lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Alexis Coe
Alice + Freda Forever

Alexis Coe has contributed to the Atlantic, Slate, the Paris Review Daily, the Awl, the Toast, and many other publications. Before moving to San Francisco, Alexis was a research curator at the New York Public Library.

Sally Klann, Illustrator

Sally Klann is a painter and paper artist in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California. She grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and graduated with a BA in art from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she concentrated on acrylic painting and book arts. You can view her work at


Rob Coppolillo
Holy Spokes! A Biking Bible for Everyone

A BMX hellion as a kid and a road racer into his 20s, today Rob Coppolillo acts as a guide on bike trips in Italy and on mountain bike expeditions anywhere it’s pretty. He makes literally tens of hundreds of dollars annually as a writer for VeloNews, Rocky Mountain Sports, and Climbing, and lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Rebel, and their twins, Luca and Dominic.


Melissa Daly
87 Ways to Throw A Killer Party

Melissa Daly is a freelance writer and former Seventeen magazine deputy editor who has written for Cosmopolitan, Self, Men’s Health, and others. She pens a monthly sexual health newsletter for teens (published by Weekly Reader), which has won the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award the last three years in a row. She recently helped produce the launch of, a “chick’s guide to life,” as well as completed a two-year stint writing a news column for Fitness magazine. In addition to 87 Parties, she is the co-author of eight books in a ‘tween nonfiction series on health and relationships called Sunscreen. Melissa did her high school partying in the woods and basements of Marlborough, Connecticut, before moving on to fraternity parties at the College of William & Mary (during which time she also managed to squeeze in a BA in psychology). A New Yorker for 10 years, she now lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Andrew DeGraff
Plotted: A Literary Atlas

Andrew DeGraff is a freelance illustrator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His clients include Kellogg’s, Visa, Gap Kids, Bed, Bath & Beyond, The New York Times, and The New York Observer.



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Meghan Doherty
How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide

Meghan Doherty is an illustrator and designer whose work has appeared in books such as Super Pop! Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays and on websites and posters for a variety of clients. She has contributed to the Brooklyn-based web magazine She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Erin Elisabeth Conley, Karen Macklin, and Jake Miller
Crap How to Deal with Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff That Stinks.

Erin Elisabeth Conley is a freelance writer and editor who splits her time between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Los Angeles, California. She is also the author of Zest Books’ Crush: A Girl’s Guide
to Being Crazy in Love, Dumped: A Girl’s Guide to Happiness After Heartbreak, and Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In.

Karen Macklin is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and teacher. She has written for more than a dozen publications nationally, including The New York Times, San Francisco Weekly, and Yoga Journal on arts, culture, travel, health, and Eastern spirituality. She holds an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and her creative works, which include plays and poetry, have been produced and published in the United States and Italy. She has traveled and lived all over the world, and spent 2006 on a State Department fellowship teaching journalism in Guatemala City. She loves working with teenagers and helping to empower young people.

Jake Miller has written dozens of books for kids on topics like the history of the civil rights movement, the nature of communities, and the biology of lizards and spiders. He also writes for adults about culture, science, and travel, and has contributed several book reviews to the New York Times. He is the author of Zest Books’ Crap and Decoding Mom.


Richard Faulk
The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World

Richard Faulk is a writer with one foot in popular culture, another in the academy, and a third one somewhere in the clouds. This avid music writer and one-time time traveler columnist has also reported on academic conferences for Columbia University, celebrated the films of blackspoitation icon Pam Grier, and once wrote a very odd term paper on medieval monastic humor for the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Faulk is the author of Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide to All Things Gross, and has contributed to the Huffington Post,, Mental Floss, and more.


Somer Flaherty
The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look
Girl in a Fix: Quick Beauty Solutions (and Why They Work)

Somer Flaherty is a California-based fashion stylist, journalism instructor, editor and writer with more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, advertising campaigns, catalogues, and in the wardrobes of private clients throughout the country. She is a graduate of the journalism program at San Francisco State University.


Jeff Fleischer
Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X
Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based journalist and author, who has written for Mother Jones, the Sydney Morning Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Mental Floss, and Chicago Magazine.




Colleen Frakes
Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir

Colleen Frakes is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2007 she received a Xeric Grant for Tragic Relief, and in 209 she was awarded the Ignatz for “Promising New Talent” for Woman King. She has since contributed to numerous comic anthologies and drawn dozens of mini comics. She currently lives in Seattle and works in a library.




Hallie Fryd
Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—from Cleopatra to Camus
Martyrdom: The Coloring Book

Hallie Fryd grew up in Moorestown, NJ a Philadelphia suburb, founded by Quakers and voted best place to live in America by Money Magazine in 2005.

In high school, Hallie was that annoying kid who was always raising her hand, insisting that, “the book was better than the movie,” skulking around the art room, and stinking at volleyball. She was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Scholarship by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Communication Design and a minor in History. She still can’t get over that C in woodshop.

Now living in Oakland, Hallie writes about pop-culture, politics, history and miscellaneous. A life-long history nerd Hallie hoped that a sugary spoon full of scandal would help what can be a dry dose of history go down. Researching and writing Scandalous! was the most interesting experience of her life, but it has left her interjecting only partially related historical facts into every conversation. When not interjecting (but more often, while interjecting), Hallie enjoys thrift shopping, seeing bands, yelling at cable news and hoping it doesn’t rain.


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Debunk It! How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation
Eureka! 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History

John Grant is author of about seventy books, including Discarded Science: Ideas that Seemed Good at the Time…, Corrupted Science: Fraud Ideology and Politics in Science, and Denying Science: Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality. For a number of years he ran the world-famous fantasy art book publisher Paper Tiger. Also a fantasy / science fiction writer, he has won the Hugo Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award, and other international literary awards. Grant lives in northern New Jersey.


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Sex: A Book for Teens An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety
Sex (revised): An Uncensored Introduction

Nikol Hasler is a producer, writer, and project manager, as well as the host and writer of the successful web series The Midwest Teen Sex Show. She currently lives in Los Angeles and works in public television. Her writing has appeared in Alternative Press, Glamour,, and The Onion’s A.V. Club, Chicago. She has given talks and facilitated workshops about sex education at high schools and colleges, and via online forums. She is an avid pickler and chef, and the mother of three sons.



Arne Johnson and Karen Macklin
Indie Girl: From Starting a Band to Launching a Fashion Company, Nine Ways to Turn Your Creative Talent Into Reality

Arne Johnson has been a film journalist and filmmaker for nearly 10 years. Most recently, he collaborated with Shane King on the feature documentary Girls Rock!, which has been seen at several film festivals around the world–including the 2007 Hot Docs Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival–and opened in theaters in March 2008. He was also an editor on the documentary Out of the Poison Tree, a movie about one woman’s journey back to the killing fields of her Cambodia homeland, and is currently producing the feature documentary Cartoon College. He is a partner in (your name here) productions and has written for The Onion, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Examiner. Visit his website here:

Karen Macklin is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and teacher. She has written for more than a dozen publications nationally, including The New York Times, San Francisco Weekly, and Yoga Journal on arts, culture, travel, health, and Eastern spirituality. She holds an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and her creative works, which include plays and poetry, have been produced and published in the United States and Italy. She has traveled and lived all over the world, and spent 2006 on a State Department fellowship teaching journalism in Guatemala City. She loves working with teenagers and helping to empower young people.

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Matt Lamy
Dead Strange: The Bizarre Truths Behind 50 World-Famous Mysteries

Matt Lamy was born on the Channel Island of Jersey where he attended Victoria College. It was while studying for a degree in journalism at Sheffield University in the UK when he developed an interest in the paranormal, filing reports on the nearby Peak District’s ghost planes, earth lights, and hauntings. Lamy is an award-winning writer at Cylcing Weekly in London.

Sara Latta

Sara Latta
Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias

Sara L. Latta is a scientist turned science writer. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in Immunology and later earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Her works include Bones and DNA and Blood, as well as other science books for young people. Latta lives and works in Champaign, Illinois.


Emily Lindin
UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir

Emily Lindin is a suicide prevention activist and the founder of The UnSlut Project. It all began when Emily, as an adult, chose to publish her own middle school diaries online in response to learning about the suicides of several teen girls who had experienced similar slut shaming and bullying. Now, the project has expanded to include the collected stories of many women who suffered slut shaming and sexual bullying, but have overcome it in various ways. In 2015, the project has expanded to include this book as well as a documentary film. Emily has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows including The Katie Show with Katie Couric, and was recently named as one of Glamour magazine’s “Heroes of the Week.”

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Sophie Maletsky
Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects

Sophie Maletsky is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick award winner, a certified teacher on, and a duct tape expert. An award-winning children’s event planner, craft and kid expert, her website, Sophie’s World (, features thousands of ideas, how-to’s and videos for crafts, games, and activities. She lives and creates in San Francisco.

Lesley Schwartz Martin

Lesley Schwartz Martin
Where’s My Stuff? The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide
Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School

Lesley Schwartz Martin is a professional teen organizer, academic coach and tutor. She started working with teens 10 years ago as a social studies teacher in the Bay Area. For the past five years, Lesley has combined her experience as an educator with her organizational skills to help teach kids organization and time management skills.

Additionally, she created a customized academic planner now being used in Bay Area schools. She holds a bachelor degree from Wellesley College and earned a teaching credential from Mills College. Lesley lives in San Francisco, California.


Philipp Mattheis
How to Lose Everything: A Mostly True Story

Philipp Mattheis is a journalist and author of three books. He was born outside of Munich, studied philosophy and journalism, and now lives in Shanghai where he is the China correspondent of the German BusinessWeek. Formerly editor of the largest daily newspaper in Germany, he also writes for other publications, including Neon, Geo, and GQ. How to Lose Everything is his story.


Pam McElroy
The Green Teen Cookbook
Mug It! Easy & Delicious Meals for One

Pam McElroy is an editor and caterer living in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Albie, and cat, Stella. She edits books of all genres and caters under the name Meatball Maven. Her favorite hobbies are reading cookbooks cover to cover and cooking epic meals for her friends and family.


Laurane Marchive
The Green Teen Cookbook

Laurane Marchive studied journalism at the Institute of Political Sciences, Lille, and Modern French Literature at the Sorbonne, Paris. After working as a journalist in France, Indonesia, and India, she moved to London, where she is now working as an editor, translator, and rights agent. She also works as a freelance circus performer.

Lauren Metz

Lauren Metz
The Prom Book: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

Growing up in Philadelphia, Lauren Metz interned at the local newspaper during high school – a gig that led to her very first press badge and the opportunity to interview *NSYNC. Being that close to Justin Timberlake forever changed her life, and soon Lauren was studying journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Lauren began her professional career on staff at Seventeen Magazine, and has since worked with numerous national media outlets, including E!, Bravo, AOL, Alloy Entertainment, and more. In 2011, she co-founded, an online resource that provides style, relationship, career, and finance advice to the 20-something generation.

Lauren Metz lives in New York City (although you can chat with her from anywhere by tweeting her @itslaurlaur).

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Genevieve Morgan
Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning After High School

Genevieve (G.A.) Morgan is a writer and senior editor at Islandport Press. In addition to Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School, she has written a number of notable non-fiction books and is the author of an upcoming YA fantasy-adventure trilogy called The Five Stones. The first volume, The Fog of Forgetting (Islandport Press), will be released in July 2014.
She lives with her family in Portland, Maine.


Samantha Moss
Where’s My Stuff? The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide

Samantha Moss is co-author of InSPAration, a book for teens on healthy living, and author of Pottery Barn Flowers and Pottery Barn Photos. She also edited the award-winning Pottery Barn Design Library, a series of ten books filled with style ideas for the home. Samantha is based in Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband, Boyd, and a shy little dog named Belly.

Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—from Cleopatra to Camus

Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTE’s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. Kelly graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and currently works in publishing. She wrote Historical Heartthrobs with Hallie Fryd.


Corinne Mucha
Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense

Corinne Mucha is a Chicago-based author and illustrator. Among her credits are the Xeric award-winning graphic novel My Alaskan Summer, numerous minicomics, and the Philadelphia Inquirer comic strip etiquette column, “Barnyard Etiquette.” She grew up in southern New Jersey, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 2005.


Mimi O’Connor
Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)
The Dictionary of High School B.S.

Mimi O’Connor is a Brooklyn, NY-based freelance writer and editor. Under the name Lois Beckwith, she is the author of The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit (Broadway Books) and The Dictionary of High School B.S. (Zest Books).

She is a contributing editor at New York-based event planning magazine BizBash, attending and reviewing corporate and non-profit events, and writing industry news oriented features. As a freelance journalist, she has written for publications such as Time Out New York, Glamour, Book, and Publishers Weekly, and appeared as a talking head on the humorous CNN series Not Just Another Cable News Show.


Martin Oliver and Alexandra Johnson
The How-To Handbook: Shortcuts and Solutions for the Problems of Everyday Life

Since starting his career as an author, Martin Oliver has written over twenty books for children that cover as wide-ranging as pirates, pharaohs, and puzzle adventures. He’s also written two titles in the Popular Knowledge series, Dead Dinosaurs, and Groovy Movies. Martin lives in Teddington, near London, with his wife, Andrea, and their two daughters, Katie and Isabelle.

Alexandra Johnson is the pseudonym for Gemma Reece, author of the bestselling Girls’ Book of Friendship and Girls’ Book of Secrets. She lives in the UK.


Lexi Petronis
47 Things You Can Do For The Environment

New Mexico native Lexi Petronis fell in love with writing at the tender age of eight, when she started an animal fashion magazine with her brother and best friend. They only published one issue, but that’s all it took for Petronis to discover her passion for swirling words together on paper. Since then she has been a writer and editor, contributing to publications such as Parents, CosmoGIRL!, Glamour, SELF, and Fitness.

Now back in New Mexico, Petronis serves as the managing editor for the Alumni Relations department at the University of New Mexico, where she edits the alumni mag, tweets with abandon, and has the fabulous excuse of getting reacquainted with her alma mater. She is also a freelance writer, and stays busy by keeping her 4-year-old daughter from feeding her new goldfish uncooked spaghetti, and by constantly chasing after her toddler son, who just discovered how to start walking.

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Liz Prince
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Liz Prince is the Ignatz Award-winning author of Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf Productions, 2005), the world’s cutest relationship comic. She is a regular columist for Razorcake magazine, has drawn covers and stories for the wildly popular Adventure Time comics series, and is the creator of the web comic Alone Forever. She lives in Massachusetts with her two cats, Wolfman & Dracula.


Kenrya Rankin
Start It Up: The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions Into Pay

Kenrya Rankin is a Washington, DC-based writer and business reporter who writes about everything from entrepreneurship to health, technology, politics, relationships and education reform. Her work has been translated into 21 languages. She has long been a volunteer and mentor, and has taught students the basics of financial literacy and entrepreneurship with Reaching Youth Through Saturday Education.


Nikki Roddy
How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (And A Prom Date): Lousy Life Lessons From 50 Teen Movies
Take Me With You: Off-to-College Advice From One Chick to Another

Nikki was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in sunny Irvine, California. At the age of 14, she took her first trip outside of the United States, spending two weeks in Kiev, Ukraine. She visited children hospitals, orphanages, and helped organize a summer camp for Ukrainian youth. From that point on, Nikki was addicted to traveling, and by the time she graduated high school, she had spent time in Germany, Australia, Singapore, England, France, Italy, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

In 2001, Nikki attended the University of California Santa Cruz and graduated in 2005 with an honors B.A. in Psychology. During her time at UC Santa Cruz, she held the position of Treasurer for Psi Chi, The National Honors Society in Psychology. In 2007, Nikki left California to live abroad in Southeast Asia, travel, and pursue her passion for writing. She went to India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and settled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While in Kuala Lumpur, she worked as an editorial assistant and staff writer at Expatriate Lifestyles, Malaysia’s largest quality lifestyle magazine.

Nikki returned to the U.S. in 2008, moved to San Francisco, and joined Zest Books as a Research Editor and Marketing/Web Manager. She is also a freelance videographer and writer. Her musings on culture, fashion, and music can be found in 944 Magazine,, and SOMA magazine. Her hobbies include attending backyard bbqs, reading YA fiction novels, and watching live music shows.

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Kali V. Roy
Go to Hells! An Updated Guide to Dante’s Underworld

Kali V. Roy s the nom de plume of Onnesha Roychoudhuri, a Brooklyn-based writer and comedienne. A 2014 fellow at the Center for Fiction and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her writing has appeared in n+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Boston Review, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Opium, The Nation, The American Prospect, Salon, Mother Jones, and others. She performs weekly at the People’s Improve Theater in New York City.


Christine Seifert
Whoppers: History’s Most Outrageous Lies and Liars

Christine Seifert is a native North Dakotan, a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a young adult writer. She is the author of the YA novel The Predicteds, as well as the nonfiction book The Endless Wait: Virginity in Young Adult Literature (2015). She writes for Bitch Magazine and other publications, and has presented at academic conferences on such diverse topics as Writing, Rhetoric, Twilight, and Jersey Shore.


Erika Stalder
The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How To Achieve Their Signature Styles
The Date Book: A Teen Girl’s Complete Guide to Going Out with Someone New
Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing
97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
In The Driver’s Seat: A Girl’s Guide to Her First Car

Erika Stalder is a California-based journalist who has penned five nonfiction books for teens, including The Date Book, Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing, and The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How to Achieve Their Signature Styles—all with Zest Books. She has written articles for magazines and websites including Wired, Gizmodo, Missbehave, Planet, and MTV Style. She writes Dear Erika, a weekly advice column for teens in conjunction with ABC Family’s hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and is finally working to realize her teenage dream with the launch of an online magazine for teens at


Erika Stalder and Steven Jenkins
97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School

Steven Jenkins is a San Francisco-based cultural critic whose writings on film, music, art and literature appear in national periodicals, exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. He is the author of City Slivers and Fresh Kills: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark and Model Culture: James Casebere, Photographs 1975-1996.

Erika Stalder is an author, advice columnist and blogger who writes about teen life, lust and adventures behind the wheel. Her latest book, In The Driver’s Seat: A Girl’s Guide To Her First Car (fall ’09) helps turn new drivers into savvy ones. She’s all about helping teen girls find and develop their passions so they can become happy, fulfilled, kick-ass women. She’s also all about bacon. Mmmm, bacon.

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Margo Strupeck
Seven Deadly Clicks: Essential Lessons for Online Safety and Success

Margo Strupeck grew up thirty minutes east of San Francisco, California before heading to San Diego to study English Literature at San Diego State University. She began her career in marketing and social media by working for two major San Francisco advertising agencies, and then began to pursue the publishing side of the business.

Always a fan of new technologies, as a kid she spent hours on her Apple II computer and rejoiced the first time the AOL installation CD arrived in the mail. She’s lived, breathed, and followed the evolution of social media and this digital revolution throughout her career. Her natural interest in social media, along with her love of writing and the recognition of the need to educate teens about online safety, led her to blend her two passions together and write 7 Deadly Clicks. Margo now resides just outside of San Francisco, where the natural beauty of the San Francisco bay inspires her writing every day.


Mitchell Symons
The Weird World of Words: A Guided Tour

Mitchell Symons is the principal writer of early editions of Trivial Pursuit and an award-winning columnist and journalist. He is the creator of dozens of crossword, trivia, humor, and children books and is a columnist for London’s Sunday Express.




Julie Tibbot
Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults–Exposed!

Julie Tibbott is an editor of teen fiction at a major publishing house. She lives on New York City’s Lower East Side, once home to many organized crime syndicates, street gangs, and underground anarchists. She’s not a member of any secret societies. . .or is she?




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Erin Whitehead and Jennipher Walters
A Girl’s Guide to Fitting in Fitness

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites and A certified personal trainer, lifestyle, and weight management coach, and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Jenn regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications, including and Her favorite workouts include CrossFit, running, strength training, yoga, and tennis (which she fell in love with in high school).

Erin Whitehead is co-founder of the healthy living websites and Erin has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and after working for construction equipment magazines has found her love for health and fitness writing. After having her daughter in 2010 and her son in early 2012, she’s trying to figure out how to fit fitness into a busy schedule and enjoys sharing her experiences along the way. Her favorite workout is Zumba, even though she has two left feet.



Younker Author Photo  J. Marin Younker

 Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine

J. Marin Younker worked as a public librarian for thirteen years, book-talking in the schools, leading book groups, talking to teens, and managing teen collections. She earned a degree in History from Western Washington University, and now lives in the Seattle area with her family and animal menagerie.