Hey! I'm here to introduce the first 3 members of my Cupid's Quiver. If you don't know what this is check here for more info.
Basically, they're my team, and we're writing a novel together. Our first drafts need to be done by the end of January, then we move forward from there. We're tweeting over on #WanWC, and YOU can form your own teams and come join us!
(Please say hello and let us know if you are participating in #WanWC in the comments.)
Now let's welcome....
Sarah J. Clift wanted to be an editor before she wanted to be a writer. It’s much easier to tell someone they’re doing something wrong than actually do something right yourself. She was pursuing a degree in English linguistics with a minor in editing at BYU when she moved out of state with her husband. To finish her degree, she had to change her major to writing, still with the thought of becoming a freelance editor. But then she read a book, a whole series actually, about a plain girl and a sparkly vampire. And she thought, If Ms. Meyer, who is a BYU grad and stay-at-home mom, can write a book…then so can I! Sarah graduated through BYU’s Bachelor of General Studies program, and a year later she started writing her first book. When she finished, she wrote another one. During #wanwc, she’ll write her third.
Sarah’s first novel, FOOTPRINTS, was originally a “YA paranormal.” It ended up as an upper MG contemporary with sci-fi elements (the sci-fi element being…Bigfoot exists!). Her second novel, MY HERCULES, is a YA contemporary about a pregnant teen who discovers her baby has a fatal chromosomal disorder. Her third novel will be a MG contemporary that takes place in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the US, and the plot is inspired by The Secret Garden.
Sarah is a walking cliché, and she’s okay with that. She’s a stay-at-home mom to three fantastic daughters and is still twitterpated with her husband. Her daughters won’t go to sleep until she sings them their own special lullabies (#1 gets “Silent Night,” #2 gets “Stay Awake” from Mary Poppins, and #3 gets “I’ll Take You Dreaming” from The Court Jester), and her husband doesn’t go to work in the morning until he’s had a good-bye smooch. They’re a regular 50s sitcom set in northern California. But she can’t scrapbook to save her life. Or play tennis. But she can write a book.
Nikki lives in Minnesota with her husband and two cats. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies. Her day job is at a treatment center as a counselor. She started writing five years ago, during her sophomore year of college. But YA Urban Fantasy was not her forte, and after four years of trying to beat it into shape, she trunked it. She’s been writing YA Contemporary ever since. Currently, she’s querying one manuscript while another one waits in the wings. The manuscript she’s writing for WanWc is a YA Contemporary and features bullying, a suicide pact, and a psych ward. Her favorite author is John Green and she would love to be able to write on his level one day. It’s physically impossible for her to write anything good without listening to music because she gets too distracted by everything else going on around her. Since starting a WIP set in the Little Havana area of Miami, she has developed a small obsession with Pitbull, but her favorite artist is Owl City. She hates hot drinks, including coffee and if she could live in any decade, she would pick the 1920’s for the music, the fashion, and the gangsters.
Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is
currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A cinema manager, film
reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but
doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found near the
espresso machine with a long black in hand. Or later in the day, red
wine which she likes almost too much.
Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in
Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday
Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and
Residential Aliens, among others.
She has written seven contemporary YA novels, four of which other
people are allowed to see. She has also written one very bad
historical romance. She is currently working on a new YA novel that
is still looking for a title other than its Twitter hashtag, #virginamputee.