Writers Board

Our Writers Board consists of some of our favorite NaNo-novelists. They help connect us with the bigger publishing world, as well as contribute to our programs, initiatives, and writer resources.

Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. A recovering academic, she turned to writing her own books. She lives in Washington with her family, where she can be found in coffee shops, dreaming up new worlds. Her first novel Crewel was drafted during NaNoWriMo 2010 on library computers and during write-ins. Since her 2010 win, she’s participated yearly in the competition, although she doesn’t always win. During November and some Camp NaNoWriMo months you can find her in the forums as Creweler or sprinting with Wrimos on Twitter. Read Gennifer’s previous NaNoWriMo pep talk.

Melissa AnelliMelissa Anelli is the New York Times bestselling author of Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon, a book she came to write by being an obsessive fan and  hater of the blank page. She owns and operates The Leaky Cauldron and LeakyNews, and runs the annual fan conference LeakyCon. She’s a graduate of Georgetown University and current resident of Brooklyn. You can find her on Twitter or at her not-often-enough-updated website. She is a longtime supporter and future winner of NaNoWriMo!

Alexis DariaAlexis Daria is an award-winning contemporary romance author, former artist, and native New Yorker. Her debut, Take the Lead, was a 2018 RITA® Award winner for “Best First Book” and was named one of the Best Romance Novels of 2017 by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly. Alexis was a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison from 2006 to 2017. She loves social media, and you can find her live-tweeting her favorite TV shows at @alexisdaria.

SusanSusan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world–six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)–before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch. When not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo. Susan lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on her blog, newsletter, Twitter, or Instagram.

Mignon FogartyMignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the creator of the Grammar Girl website (one of Writer’s Digest‘s 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2011 – 2015) and the Grammar Girl podcast (Best Education Podcast in the 2012 and 2013 Podcast Awards). Mignon is the author of seven books, including the New York Times best-seller Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, and she has appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. She is also the Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Media Entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. She hates the phrase “grammar nazi” and loves the word “kerfuffle.”

Kami GarciaKami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unbreakable and Unmarked in the Legion Series & the co-author of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures Novels. She is a Bram Stoker Award nominee, an ALA William C. Morris Award finalist, an SCIBA Award finalist, a recipient of the Bold Ink Award, and a co-founder and board member of the book festivals YALLFest and YALLWest. As a former teacher and Reading Specialist, Kami never planned to become a writer—not until she (and Margaret Stohl) wrote Beautiful Creatures on a dare from seven of Kami’s students. Since then, Beautiful Creatures has been published in 50 countries, translated into 39 languages, and made into a film by Warner Brothers, released in 2013. When Kami isn’t writing, baking Coca-Cola cake, or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you can find her at her website or on Twitter. You can also read her NaNoWriMo Pep Talk or her posts for the NaNoWriMo blog.

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novel Splinters of Light (Penguin), the five-book Cypress Hollow series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and when she’s not busy writing, she’s working her other full-time job as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher for a Bay Area fire department. A New Zealand citizen as well as an American, Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. Read Rachael’s previous NaNoWriMo pep talk.

Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool and the Molly Fyde series. He’s participated in NaNoWriMo several times and wrote 80,000 of Wool‘s 160,000 words during NaNoWriMo. He spent eight years working as a yacht captain before settling down and chasing his dream of becoming a writer. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. Find out more about Hugh at hughhowey.com, or read his piece on the NaNoWriMo blog, “How NaNoWriMo Trained Me to Be a Writer.”
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels, including Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, and The Madness Underneath. She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle) and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University, writes frequently on the subject of Young Adult literature, and is well known for her online presence on Twitter (@maureenjohnson). Maureen lives in New York, and online on Twitter (or at maureenjohnbooks.com). Read Maureen’s previous NaNoWriMo pep talk.
Darynda Jones is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling writer of the Charley Davidson series and has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier. She has been a long-time NaNo participant and has written large chunks of several of her published novels during the month-long frenzy. NaNo has taught her a lot. How to keep moving forward. How to get the story down and edit later. She learned this so well, in fact, she once wrote an 80,000 word novel in 7 days. (Did we mention she’s a procrastinator?) Darynda lives in gorgeous New Mexico with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. Read her NaNoWriMo blog post.

Mur LaffertyMur Lafferty is the author of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the multiple-award-nominated SF thriller Six Wakes, and several other books. She’s been podcasting for nearly fifteen years, and has won the Hugo, Podcast Peer, and Parsec awards for her podcasting projects. She’s the co-editor of Hugo-Award-nominated semiprozine Escape Pod, a free science fiction podcast magazine.

In 2014 she graduated from the Stonecoast MFA program, and lives in Durham, NC, with her husband and daughter.
Niall Leonard wrote his first novel during NaNoWriMo 2011. Crusher is a gritty crime thriller set in the London underworld, featuring Finn Maguire, a dyslexic young offender investigating the murder of his father. The novel was picked up by Random House for publication in 2012. The sequel, Incinerator, comes out in 2014, and Niall is currently working on Shredder, the third part of the trilogy. Niall is also a successful TV screenwriter with a long list of credits, including international hits such as Hornblower, Wire In The Blood, and Monarch of the Glen. Find out more about Niall at niallleonard.com, or read his past contributions to the OLL Blog, “Postcards from NaNoLand.”

Taran MatharuTaran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for writing during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House. Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in NaNoWriMo and sharing his work on Wattpad.com. The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months. Taran went on to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

Marissa Meyer is a New York Times-bestselling author and five-time NaNo champion. The first three books in her Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress) all began life as NaNoWriMo novels. (In fact, she drafted all three during November of 2008, in an attempt to win a walk-on role in Star Trek. It’s kind of a long story.) In addition to her love of writing, she’s an avid reader, a neurotic organizer, and a connoisseur of cake. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. Find out more at marissameyer.com, or read her NaNoWriMo pep talk.

Daniel Jose OlderDaniel José Older
is the New York Times bestselling author of the Shadowshaper Cypher, including Shadowhouse Fall and Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which won the International Latino Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He also writes the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at danieljoseolder.net, on YouTube, and @djolder on Twitter. You can also read his NaNoWriMo Pep Talk.

Danielle PaigeDanielle Paige
is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming Stealing Snow series. In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She has written for Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light and MTV. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @daniellempaige.

Emily X.R. PanEmily X.R. Pan
is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and the recipient of the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award. The Wall Street Journal named it as one of the top twelve books of the season, and it was featured on over a dozen “Best of 2018″ lists, including ones by NBC NewsEntertainment WeeklyBuzzFeed, and Bustle. Pan has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera (2019), was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

Mitali PerkinsMitali Perkins
was born in Kolkata, India, and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was in second grade. She has written nine novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (an American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.”). Mitali graduated from Stanford University in Political Science and received her Masters in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley. After spending 13 winters in Boston, Mitali recently moved back to California to live and write in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read her NaNoWriMo blog posts, or learn more at mitaliperkins.com.
Scott WesterfeldScott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Philip K Dick Special Citation, the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier’s Award, and have been named New York Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. Read his NaNoWriMo Pep Talk.


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