Welcome! We are excited to be part of FicFest and read all your lovely Middle Grade manuscripts. So without further ado, meet the members of our team!
Team Leader: Kyra Nelson
Kyra Nelson in a YA author and freelance editor. She spent two years interning for A+B Works literary agency and has helped teach publishing industry classes at Brigham Young University where she also teaches editing classes. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in linguistics and is researching vocabulary in YA literature.
Some of her favorite MG titles include The Penderwicks, The One and Only Ivan, When You Reach Me, and Wonder.
Team Member: Judi Lauren
Judi was born in the Midwest and misses those winters. She now resides in an area where there are way too many bugs and green leaves during December.
She’s a survivor and fighter of many things and is drawn to writing realistic books that explore a darker side to the teenage years.
She’s a proofreader and editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. She also works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and loves to read any YA, NA, and adult books in her spare time. She has an unnatural obsession with Chicago, Dean Winchester, and Friends (the TV show).
Some of her favorite MG titles include Percy Jackson, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dork Diaries, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and When You Reach Me
She’s represented by Tina Schwartz of The Purcell Agency.
Team Member: Hannah Davies
Hannah Davies is an intern with author powered publisher Patchwork Press and is one of the admins for the Write All Year site. She writes YA and NA fiction in various genres and hopes to publish a novel in the future. Currently, she is part way through an English Literature and Creative degree at Greenwich University in London, where she spends much of her time writing essays, riding buses and trying to keep up with reading. Her short story ‘Scorpio’ debuted in May 2015 in the Polaris Awakening Anthology.
Favorite MG title include Harry Potter (obviously), The Tale of Despereaux, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Inkheart and the His Dark Materials Series.