Cassie Mae is the author of a dozen or so books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she's published several titles with Penguin Random House and founded Cookielynn Publishing Services. She is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Burret LLC. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won't tell you what it is (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.).
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch parks and recreation and enjoys every Harry Potter weekend. She likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.
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Kaylee Baldwin’s love of all things books and reading led her to graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in English. In 2019, she started working with Sweetly Us Book Services and has a fast-growing client list. She has eight published novels, one of which was a Whitney Award Finalist. She lives in Arizona with her family.
Follow her on Instagram to learn more about her adventures: @kayleebaldwinwrites.
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Rachel lives in Minnesota with her husband and four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, shows Arabian horses, and reads as much as she can. She writes YA and mg fiction and is repped by Tina Schwartz.
Maria Hoagland writes about hearts, homes, and happily ever afters. Known for her fun and flirty sweet romance and women's fiction, Maria's novels make great book club choices. She's published twenty books including two Whitney Award finalists, and has no plans to stop writing any time soon. She is a member of the Storymakers Guild and Indie Author Hub, recently served as the Chair for the Storymakers board of directors and is on the 2022 Storymakers Writers Conference committee.
When Maria is not working at her computer, she can be found combing used furniture stores or remodeling houses with her husband. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals at high volumes.
Tiffany Odekirk lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a BA in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, she worked in the non-profit sector helping homeless women and children. It wasn’t until after the birth of her third child that she discovered her love of writing. She now has four novels published with Covenant Communications and hopes to publish many more. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook @AuthorTiffanyOdekirk.
Adi is working on the technology side for the committee.
Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn't reading or writing, she spends her free time doing nail art and graphic design. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to learn sign language. Tiana is the author of Match Me If You Can and How To Speak Boy, both from Macmillan.
C Michelle Jefferies
C. Michelle Jefferies is a writer who believes that the way to examine our souls is to explore the deep and dark as well as the shallow. To manipulate words in a way that makes a person think and maybe even second guess. Her worlds include suspense, urban fantasy, and an occasional twist of steampunk. When she is not writing, she can be found on the yoga mat, hand binding journals, dyeing cloth, and serving ginger tea. The author and creator divides her time between stories, projects, and mothering two of her seven children on the wild and windy plains of Wyoming.
Marcia (Mar-sha) Argueta Mickelson was born in Guatemala to Corina and Jose Argueta. When Marcia was an infant, her family immigrated to the United States. She attended high school in New Jersey and then graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in American Studies. She is the author of YA novels, The Huaca and Where I Belong, along with 3 women’s fiction novels. She is also an elementary school teacher, currently teaching and loving fourth grade. She lives in Texas with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.
Mary is heading up the Green Room for the committee.
Jessica is handling vendor relations at the conference.
Loury Trader is a former slush pile reader for Deep Magic. Her love of literature has enabled her to introduce her family and students to stories that enrich, educate and help others see the world through a different lens. Loury is a Spanish Immersion Teacher, a mother of two boys, a foodie with food allergies and YA-thriller writer.
Scott and Julie Wright
Julie Wright is the author of over twenty novels, including Lies Jane Austen Told Me and Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance line. She is a Whitney Awards winner and a Crown Heart recipient. She is represented by agent Sara Crowe. She loves reading and writing, playing on the beach or hiking with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
Visit her at her website.