Thao represents Children’s and Young Adult across genres and in the adult realm is looking for romantic leaning Fantasy and Light Science Fiction.
In YA and Middle Grade, she's especially drawn to stories about family and friendships from the POV of diverse protagonists. She’s a fan of young characters who are passionate about the arts, sports, STEM, activism, and geeky fandoms. She adores stories with a touch of magic and whimsy, and is a fan of mythology and fairytales.
In the Adult SFF realm, she’s a fan of character driven contemporary fantasy, near future science fiction, and romantic space operas. She is particularly excited about stories with fresh twists to common genre tropes, such as what Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway does with portal fantasy. Some of her favorite authors are: Diane Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Naomi Novik, and Juliet Marillier.
Christian McKay Heidicker reads and writes and drinks tea. Between his demon-hunting cat and his fiddling, red-headed girlfriend, he feels completely protected from evil spirits. Christian is the author of Scary Stories for Young Foxes, Cure for the Common Universe and Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower - shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. cmheidicker.com
Kathryn is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Burning Glass series.
Kathryn's love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while they listened to the film score. Enchanted, she began her own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring her younger sister as the maid, while Kathryn retained the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.
In high school, she focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. She went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)
The writing bug bit her when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her older brother. She found an old stash of short stories, and the inspiration for her first novel struck. She's been writing ever since.