Showcase: Finding Inspiration
This event was originally live on February 3rd at 5PM EST.
Hannah Carmona Dias is a writer who currently resides in Tennessee. Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me is her debut book which tackles a topic she herself has struggled with. Her second book, Dazzling Travis, comes out in 2019 and was inspired by one of her former theatre students. In addition to writing, Hannah is also a wife, mother, founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, YouTuber, and actress. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two cats, dog, and iguana. She also enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, posting way too many GIFs on Twitter, and avoiding housework.
Monica Hay is a student earning her Master’s degree at Portland State University in Book Publishing. She works with literary agent Laura Bradford and helps plan and market events for Willamette Writers, an Oregon resource. She writes young adult fantasy and is currently editing her first novel. She hopes to write fantasy similar to Kristen Ciccarelli, Sarah J Maas, and Mindee Arnett, whose works have heavily influenced her. When she’s not reading or writing, she freelances and helps authors make their books the best they can be. She loves all types of books, but has a special place in her heart for fantasy and incredible prose.
Alyssa was born in small-town Milton, Florida, but life as a roving military kid soon mellowed her (unintelligibly strong) Southern accent. Wanderlust is in her blood, and she’s always waiting for the wind to change. Stories remain her constant. Alyssa received her BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Berry College and her MA with honors in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. In 2013, she won a prize from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity for her creative non-fiction essay, Naan in the Afghan Village. She’s worked for as a Now Novelwriting mentor and a blog formatter for BookBub.
Alyssa is represented by Amber Caraveo at Skylark Literary. Her debut The Eleventh Trade – “a powerful story of love, loss, friendship and hope, centered around Sami, a young refugee from Afghanistan now building a new life with his grandfather in Boston” – came out Fall 2018 with Roaring Brooks/Macmillan (U.S.) and Piccadilly Press (U.K.). Her second book The Invisible Boy releases Fall 2019.