LIVE PANEL: Fantasy Worldbuilding
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Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult fairytale retelling A Touch of Gold and the forthcoming titles Tiger Queen and A Curse of Gold. She grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Butler University. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. Her wanderlust has taken her to every continent, where she’s walked on the Great Wall of China, found four-leaf clovers in Ireland, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, and cage dived with great white sharks in South Africa. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram or on her blog: anniesullivanauthor.com.
Kelly adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes that all stories got the happy ending she’s living with her three sons, dashingly handsome husband, and a rescue pup who likes to stretch out on the dining room table.
Her debut YA fantasy, Gravemaidens, (Delacorte, Fall 2019) recounts a battle between two sisters: Kammani, a healer who wants to save the king so her sister isn’t buried alive to be his Netherworld queen, and Nanaea, who longs for the honor of being the king’s bride.
Stay up to date on the fierce females inspiring Kelly’s next story here.
Kalyn Josephson is a fantasy writer living in the California Bay Area. She loves books, cats, books with cats, and making up other worlds to live in for a while. Her debut, The Storm Crow, follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people. Out July 9th, 2019 with SourcebooksFire.
Before joining Irene Goodman in 2018, Whitney Ross worked as an editor at Macmillan for nearly a decade, culminating in her role as a senior editor for Tor Teen, Tor, and Forge.
Whitney represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres, with an emphasis on historical, SF & fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. She is also open to non-fiction submissions in the areas of design, cooking, and fashion.
Whitney loves to read novels set in unusual time periods and locations, whether that involves a fantastical element or not. She is rarely able to resist the trickster king motif, and has a weakness for read-between-the-lines subtle romances. Yet she’s constantly surprised by books not on her “wish list,” and is always open to stories with compelling characters and emotionally involving plotlines.