Chasing my crazy dream in the writing world…

Welcome 2016 TEAM SUN Mentors!! January 11, 2016

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I’m so excited to share this team of SEVEN amazing mentors who are going to make TEAM SUN rock this year! This group consists of some of the most talented, kind, and well, pretty much made-of-awesome writers on the planet (Okay, so I’m a little biased :-P)


The assembled team is going to read the selected entries (both the queries and first 250) and then provide feedback. I know with their help, the entries for TEAM SUN will absolutely shine for our 16 agents!


Here are the brilliant writers on Team Sun who have shared not only their bio, but some fun pieces of info that gives  insight into their personality. Please give them a shout-out on Twitter (using #sunvssnow) and thank them for donating their time! And when you’re done here, head over to Michelle’s blog to see the incredible team she has assembled.


Oh, and one last thing….On January 29 at 3 pm and 9 pm EST, we will be hosting two Twitter chat sessions so you can get to know these amazing mentors better. Please stop in and join the fun.








EM Castellan is a writer of YA Historical Fantasy novels. She has moved seven times in the past ten years, and has lived in a 1930’s house in France, a one-room flat in New York City and an English castle, before recently settling in London. She travels extensively, reads voraciously, and writes at odd hours thanks to a hectic full-time job. She is represented by Erin Niumata of Folio Literary Management and is a member of SCBWI British Isles.


What is your favorite go-to writing snack?


Chocolates. Always.


What is your most favorite warm weather memory?


The hottest summers I’ve experienced were when I went on vacation in Provence, South of France, as a teenager. The heat was a bit too much for me, but I do remember fondly the beautiful countryside, the medieval city of Avignon and the lavender fields.








Kelly deVos is a Young Adult writer living in Gilbert, Arizona, represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Kelly currently serves as an intern to Entangled Senior Editor, Kate Brauning, and is an arts administration intern for the Marooned Journal at Arizona State University. She is also a contributor to The Writer’s Diaries and YAgabonds.


What is your favorite go-to writing snack?


Definitely, black and white cookies. I’m pretty sure this is an instant cure for writer’s block.


What is your most favorite warm weather memory?


This is a tough one. Being from Phoenix, around 99.9% of my memories have occurred in warm weather. But I guess my all time fave was when I went to Hawaii and went parasailing with my daughter. She was only five and yelled out, “I’m floating like a bubble,” as we glided over the ocean. It was a special moment.





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Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She’s a huge fan  of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, and Emily Giffen. She’s unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She loves books, Converse shoes, and diet Pepsi,  in no particular order. When she has to go out into the real world, she’s a teacher.  She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance because she’s a big fan of love  and finding happily ever after. Probably because she’s lucky enough to have both. She is the author of Dangerous Love (2015), Jaded Love (2016), Falling For Home (2016), and Damaged (2016). She is repped by Fran Black from Literary Counsel.



My favorite go-to writing snack is chocolate and diet Pepsi. But to be honest, this is my favorite any time snack too.


My favorite warm weather memory is Disneyland this summer. It was so hot we were going through water bottles like crazy but it was so much fun to be there, going on all of the rides, and enjoying the day that it was perfect. Plus, the line ups weren’t long.





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Jamie Howard is a writer, legal and compliance specialist for a worldwide brokerage firm, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art. When she’s not tapping away at the keyboard or capturing the world through her trusty Canon, you can find her binge-watching TV shows, devouring books, and perfecting her gaming skills. She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs in New Jersey, and is almost always awake early enough to see the sun rise, even on the weekends.

Jamie is the author of Until We Break and Until It’s Right, and is represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.


What is your favorite go-to writing snack?


I always get a lot of side-eye about this, but I never snack when I’m writing. Ever. If I’m lucky sometimes I’ll remember to grab myself a glass of water, but other than that, it’s just me, the keyboard, and my manuscript.


What is your most favorite warm weather memory?


After my husband and I got married, we honeymooned in Antigua. It was brutally hot and I, of course, got sunburn. But the place was absolutely gorgeous and picture perfect. Every night we’d watch the sunset from the edge of the infinity pool that overlooked the ocean and it was one of the most beautiful and relaxing things I have ever experienced. Definitely one of my favorite warm weather memories.









Roselle Kaes is passionate about food and her Chinese-Filipino heritage. Inspired by her late great grandfather, she wrote HUNGER as a tribute to him. She is a graduate of Humanities and History at York University. When she is not writing, she is embroidering, illustrating, and chasing after her husband, daughter, and fluff beast of a cat on the north shore of Lake Erie.


What is your favourite go-to writing snack?


My go-to writing snack is Cheese Pringles or Cheetos or anything crunchy and cheesy. Because of this, I always have to make sure my fingers aren’t orange when typing afterwards.


What is your most favourite warm weather memory?


My most favourite warm weather memory is being at the beach at Boracay. The sand was sugar between my toes and waters clearer than any pane of glass.






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Summer is a YA author living in scenic Utah (and always pining for California, her true home), with degrees in English Literature and Theatre. She’s not nearly as stuffy as that sentence makes her sound. Things that make her happy are chocolate, warm pages fresh from the printer, star-gazing far from city lights, summer thunderstorms, and the Oxford comma. Things that make her sad are when books end, hot chocolate gone cold, and socks that have no partner. She’s currently working on a YA fantasy brimming with dark magic, castles, and ancient mysteries begging to be solved.  Summer is represented by Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency.


What is your favorite go-to writing snack?


I am a fool for Ghirardelli Sea Salt Soiree Dark Chocolate. It’s so good I can’t even handle it. Not the best snack for hanging out with Team Sun… melted chocolate = heartbreak!


What is your most favorite warm weather memory?


I grew up at the beach in San Diego. There’s nothing better than hot sand underfoot and street tacos in my hands! My favorite beach moment was a warm night at the end of the summer when my best friend threw me a surprise birthday bonfire! It was my first birthday party since I was a little kid and it was magical. The crackling fire and crashing waves, the salty air and sweet friends… oh, those summer nights! 😉









Kip Wilson is a YA writer represented by Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Her work has been published in the TIMELESS and SPAIN FROM A BACKPACK anthologies as well as several magazines for children. She is also the Poetry Editor at YARN: The YA Review Network publishing new teen poets alongside superstars like Jacqueline Woodson.


My favorite go-to writing snack is turrón de alicante, a Spanish treat made from marcona almonds, honey, sugar, and eggs. Full of energy and oh-so-yummy.


My favorite warm weather memory also comes from Spain. My husband is Spanish, so we were able to spend the past summer there with his family. We live in Boston, where it’s generally cold and dark, so we soaked in the Spanish sun as much as we could. Best of all were the nights we brought the kids out to the park once it finally cooled down a tiny bit and we could enjoy una caña y tapas at a chiringuito beside the playground. Glorious!









Kendra Young writes fiction for middle grade and young adults, usually set in the South, with something lurking in the dark. As a child, Kendra wrote her first books on construction paper and bound them together with ribbon, though she can’t remember even one of those early stories. Once a teen and young adult, she jokingly referred to herself as Queen of the First Five Chapters, as that’s where every story seemed to fizzle out. It wasn’t until she was in her mid-thirties, when her family relocated to the West Coast, that she got lost in libraries again and finally managed to type “The End.”


Since finishing that first manuscript, Kendra hasn’t been able to stop new characters from talking to her. Her fascination with all things abnormal comes out in her writing, whether it’s a steampunk circus, vampires, or ghosts – if it has fangs or goes bump in the night, she’s writing about it.


Kendra now lives back in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband, Tim, who’s responsible for making her believe all her writing dreams will come true. Together they have two daughters, Savannah and Tabitha, who both enjoy art and writing as well. By day, Kendra teaches eighth grade Physical Science and U.S. History in an urban middle school where she shares her love of writing and dreaming “big dreams” with her students.


Kendra is represented by Taylor Haggerty of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University. You can follow her on Twitter, @KendraLYoung, or on her blog,



Most favorite warm weather memory would definitely be the first time I ever saw the ocean. I was 15 and it was in Panama City Beach, Florida. White sand and blue ocean for as far as I could see. I may have even teared up a bit.  🙂



There you have it, EIGHT amazing and talented mentors. Now get to work polishing those entries. The submission window opens February 1 at 4 pm EST!!


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