After a few false starts, I've finally discovered my true calling—writing YA fiction. I recently moved from Los Angeles back to the US Midwest, where I spend most of my days happily hunched over my laptop. I love speculative fiction in all its forms, and my perfect story is equal parts sci-fi/fantasy, action, adventure, romance, humor, and suspense. Easy, right? I love to connect with other writers on Twitter (@trionabmurphy).
And since one tough-to-break-into artistic career apparently isn't enough of a challenge, I also run a knitting pattern design business. You can check out my other persona on my website, http://trionadesigns.com.
Proud to be the Canadian in this group of talented writers, I’ve spent the last two years as a snowbird calling both Toronto and Los Angeles home. When I’m not writing YA fiction, I’m producing television shows including the international tween series HOW TO BE INDIE and CONNOR UNDERCOVER. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of the young and the young at heart, although I did spend a few years in the real world as a strategy consultant and equity researcher (I consider those my “transition” years). Lucky for all of you reading my posts, you won’t hear my Canadian accent but I may slip in an “eh” or two just to spice things up.
By day, I'm a marketing professional for the consumer packaged goods industry, and hold both a BBA from UT Austin (Hook 'em!) and MBA from The Wharton School of Business. By night, I read, write, drink margaritas, and enjoy living in the beautiful city of San Francisco with my husband and dog, Elvis Presley. But don't let my California address fool you - I was raised in Texas, and can't seem to shake the word "y'all" from my vocabulary. I also have a strange obsession with puns and dark humor, which might be linked to the three years I spent studying improv comedy at Chicago's Second City and IO theaters. My debut novel, WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS, will be published by Month9Books April 14, 2015. Say hi on Twitter @stacyastokes and check me out on Goodreads here.
Karen and Mitchell Clayton
Texas born and raised mother and son writing team. When we aren't writing, we can be found hiking National Parks or most likely at youth sporting events. Karen enjoys kids, chocolate, small dogs, and Tae Kwon Do. Mitchell, a bit more active, likes just about anything - football, SUPing, sailing, longboarding, ATA, acting, singing, and learning musical instruments. His biggest accomplishment to date was performing at Carnegie Hall. Follow us on Twitter @10Mason01.