APRIL AUCTION Contributors in alphabetical order

Elizabeth Ames

Elizabeth Ames is graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program, where she won the Hopwood Award. Her short stories have appeared in Ninth Letter and Third Coast. She currently lives in a Harvard dormitory with her husband, toddler, and a few hundred undergraduates. This is her first novel.


Signed arc of THE OTHER’S GOLD

Tracy Auerbach

Tracy Auerbach has had several stories published in genre magazines such as The Writing Disorder. By day she is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher and curriculum writer for the New York City public school system. On the nonfiction side, she has written articles for education magazines and trade journals. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her husband, two sons, and a naughty dog.


Paperback copy of THE SIN SOLDIERS

Sarah R. Baughman

Sarah R. Baughman is an author whose debut middle grade novel, THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE, is forthcoming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2019. A former middle and high school English teacher currently working as an educational consultant, Sarah has also written creative non-fiction and poetry. She is represented by Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates.


Query Critique

Nicole Bross

Nicole Bross is an author from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband, two children and one very large orange cat. She is the editor-in-chief of Birthing Magazine and has also worked as a freelance journalist and television nonfiction scriptwriter and researcher. When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up with a book, messing around with her ever-expanding collection of manual typewriters or in the departures lounge of the airport at the beginning of another adventure. Her debut novel, PAST PRESENCE, is out April 1, 2019. 


Submission Package Critique

Vicki-Ann Bush

Ms. Bush is originally from Long Island, New York, and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally writing children stories, Ms. Bush has found her niche in YA fiction. Delving into the genre of paranormal, she often gets inspiration from the surrounding desert.

Newly released is her adult novel, SAVING A LIFE, from Solstice Publishing. In addition, coming in fall 2019 from the Parliament House is the YA paranormal LGBTQ series ALEX MCKENNA & THE GERANIUM DEATHS. These books feature a seventeen-year-old transgender boy with paranormal abilities.


Signed copy of ROOM 629

Janet Lee Carey

Portrait photos of Janet Lee Carey in Redmond, WA. Grasslawn Park.

Janet Lee Carey is the author of nine novels for children and young adults including In the Time of Dragon Moon book three of the Wilde Island Chronicles. Winner of the Mark Twain Award and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, School Library Journal starred review calls her work, “fantasy at its best—original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” Janet links each book to a charity, empowering readers to reach out. She writes in her family home overlooking a lake near Seattle, WA.


Signed WILDE ISLAND Trilogy

Carrie Callaghan

Carrie Callaghan‘s debut novel, A LIGHT OF HER OWN, came out in 2018 from Amberjack. She is a three-time Pitch Wars mentor and a senior editor with the Washington Independent Review of Books. She lives in Maryland with her family and two ridiculous cats.


Query + 5 Page Critique

Mike Chen

Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA/Harlequin) and a lifelong writer. He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter


Signed hardcover of HERE AND NOW AND THEN

Megan Collins

Megan Collins is the author of THE WINTER SISTER (Atria 2019). She holds an MFA from Boston University and has taught creative writing for the last eleven years. She is also the managing editor of 3Elements Review. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many journals, including RattleSpillway, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She lives in Connecticut. (


Signed copy of THE WINTER SISTER

Karen Dukess

Karen Dukess has a work history as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on parenting for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. THE LAST BOOK PARTY, out from Henry Holt on July 9, is her first novel. She lives with her family near New York City.


Query Critique


Malayna Evans

Malayna Evans lives in Chicago with her two children, a rescue dog and a hamster. She’s used her Ph.D. in Egyptology to craft stories for teens and tweens set in ancient Egypt. Her debut novel, JAGGER JONES AND THE MUMMY’S ANKH, is the first book in a series, coming in April of 2019.


25 Page Critique

Diane Glazman

Diane Glazman is a novelist, freelance writer and developmental editor. Her short written work has appeared in VICE LGBTQ, Calyx Journal, the NonBinaryReview, Blood+Milk, and several other print and online publications. She is currently finishing a novel as a fellow in the BookEnds program under the direction of Meg Wolitzer and Susie Merrell. As a developmental editor, she has worked with New York Times bestselling and Amazon top-selling authors. She combines a unique skill set garnered from an extensive study of craft and publishing as a writer as well as more than a decade teaching creative writing and several years as a submissions reader and editor for a literary agent. She specializes in literary, upmarket, contemporary women’s, YA, and erotica. For more information about her editing and writing, please visit or follow her on Twitter at @DeeGeeWriter.


50 Page Evaluation

Felicia Grossman

Felicia Grossman wanted to write stories ever since her father read her Treasure Island when she was four-years-old. The Delaware native never lost her love of words, earning both an English degree and a law degree. Felicia now lives in the northern part of the country with her spouse, children, and dogs. When not writing, she can be found eating pastries or belting-out showtunes in the living room. She is the author of the historical romance Appetites & Vices. Her second novel, also a historical romance, Dalliances & Devotion will be released in August of 2019 with Carina Press.


First Chapter and Query Critique

Tyler Hayes

Tyler is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California, and a Social Justice Bard specializing in the College of Comfort. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are they not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online in Anotherealm, Nossa Morte, and The Edge of Propinquity, and in print in anthologies from Alliteration Ink, Graveside Tales, and Aetherwatch. Tyler’s debut novel, The Imaginary Corpse, is coming from Angry Robot Books in fall 2019.


Submission Package Critique w/50 page review!

Michael R. Johnston

Michael R. Johnston is a high school English teacher and writer living in Sacramento, California with his wife, daughter, and more cats than strictly necessary. His debut Science Fiction novel, The Widening Gyre, was released in March 2019 by Flame Tree Press. He can be found at and Twitter @MREJohnston


Signed, Personalized hardcover copy of THE WIDENING GYRE

Character named in THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE

Janine Kovac

Janine Kovac is former ballet dancer and software engineer. She is a founding member of the 501(c)(3) writing group Write on Mamas and a contributing editor of the anthology MAMAS WRITE: 29 TALES OF TRUTH, WIT, AND GRIT. In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship from Hedgebrook in addition to the gift of residency. The following year she co-founded Moxie Road Productions with Tarja Parssinen, a consulting firm that helps writers bring their ideas into the world. Her memoir SPINNING: CHOREOGRAPHY FOR COMING HOME, semifinalist for Publisher Weekly’s BookLife Prize, chronicles the death of a career and the birth of miracle twins. Publishers Weekly called SPINNING “a tremendous book: a thrilling find for any reader and a tour-de-force for the author.” Read more at


Signed Copy of SPINNING

Nathan Makaryk

Nathan Makaryk, above all other things, hates writing bios about himself. Nathan’s debut novel NOTTINGHAM will be published by Tor/Forge in August 2019, with a sequel to follow in 2020.

Nathan is a theater owner, playwright, director, actor and improv comedian, living in southern California. None of these pay very well, so he also has a real job teaching audio systems networking software to people who have no idea he’s also a novelist and theater guy. He likes dogs and scotch because of course he does.



Submission Package Critique

Deborah Maroulis

Born and raised in a small town in Northern California, Deborah Maroulis is lucky enough to surround herself with the things and people she loves. She teaches English and mythology at her local community college, studies myth and depth psychology in her Ph.D. program, and writes contemporary Young Adult novels. She lives in a slightly bigger town than the one she grew up in with her husband, newly-adult children, and her daughter’s very spoiled, semi-retired service dog. 


Query + 5 Page Critique

Maureen McQuerry

Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, THE PECULIARS (Abrams/Amulet), is an ALA Best Book for YA 2013 and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her MG fantasy duo Time Out of Time includes BEYOND THE DOOR, a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth, and THE TELLING STONE, a finalist for the WA State Book awards. BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, a YA historical novel (HarperCollins/Blink), will be released in Feb 2019. She taught middle school through college for almost twenty years, specializing in gifted education. In 2000 she was awarded the McAuliffe Teaching Fellowship for WA State. She currently supervises student teachers for WSU. 


Signed Copies of Books 1 & 2 from the TIME OUT OF TIME series

Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer

MR. NICE GUY is written by two people who, as it so happens, have also slept together—married couple Jason Feifer and Jennifer Miller. Jennifer is a journalist and the author of three books. Her debut novel, THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), was called “a darkly comic romp” by the Washington Post and “entirely addictive” by Glamour. Jason is editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of the podcasts Pessimists Archive and Problem Solvers, and has been an editor at Men’s HealthMaximFast Company, and Boston magazine. They live in Brooklyn with their three-year-old, who they hope will never read this book.


Signed Copy of MR NICE GUY

Sara Flannery Murphy

Sara Flannery Murphy was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She now lives in Utah with her husband and their two young sons. THE POSSESSIONS is her debut novel. Her shorter work has appeared in publications including The Guardian, LitHub, and Storyglossia.


3 Chapter Close Critique

Daniela Petrova

Daniela Petrova grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Sofia, Bulgaria. After the fall of Communism, she moved to New York where she cleaned apartments while taking English classes at the YMCA in the evenings. She is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work has appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Marie Claire among others. HER DAUGHTER’S MOTHER (Putnam, June 2019) is her first novel. She lives and writes in New York City.



Keena Roberts

Keena Roberts writes mostly fantasy, though her debut is a non-fiction YA memoir called WILD LIFE, about growing up in a tented camp in Africa with her primatologist parents, self-schooling herself while contending with lions, elephants, and hippos. Her WIP is an epic fantasy with animal protagonists also set in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where she grew up. A lifelong adventurer, Keena now calls the US home and lives outside Chicago with a dog, two cats, and, sadly, zero monkeys.


Query + 10 Page Critique for A/YA Fantasy

Stephanie Sauvinet

Stephanie wanted to be an archaeologist for a long time just so she could find the Stargate but settled for the endless possibilities of the SF/F genres. Stephanie writes adult and young-adult science-fiction that explores the future of technology and its consequences on humanity.

A French expat, Stephanie practices as an oncology and stem cell transplant certified nurse, loves puzzling her cats by speaking French and enjoys the wonders of New Orleans.


Copy of PUTTING THE SCIENCE IN FICTION w/signed bookplate by Dan Koboldt

Query + 5 page critique

Sarah J. Sover

Sarah J. Sover writes oddball fantasy novels while raising two energetic little people. Her debut novel, DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE, releases from The Parliament House in September 2019, and she has a short story included in YOU WANT STORIES, The JordanCon 2019 Anthology. Sarah resides in John’s Creek, GA with her husband Alex, kids, cranky old dog, and seemingly immortal snake. In addition to writing, Sarah loves blues dancing, groove metal, and IPAs.



Lauren Spieller

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Literary Agent Lauren Spieller comes to TriadaUS with a background in literary scouting and editorial consulting. She has a sharp editorial eye, and is dedicated to author advocacy. Lauren is seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, as well as select Adult fiction and non-fiction. Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices.


Query Critique

Alice Stephens

Alice Stephens’ debut novel, Famous Adopted People, was published in 2018 by Unnamed Press. Her work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Margins, Banana Writers, and other publications. She is a contributing editor to Bloom and writes book reviews and a column, “Alice in Wordland,” for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She lives in an empty nest in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband and dog.


Query + 10 page critique

JoAnn Stevelos

JoAnn Stevelos writing explores themes of compassion, estrangement, vulnerability, complex family relationships, lost love, loneliness, and sexual and emotional abuse.  Her novel, Howard Be Thy Name is an immigrant family story rooted in finding reasons for the complicated ways we fail our children in spite of our best intentions and the desire to give them a better life. Dream Alibis, is an anthology about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse. The poems segue into Little Red Wagon, a play about a family that has created and maintained a divide from a political activist’s death by suicide to the present and explores the layers of grief that tethers the family members to one another in conspiratorial silence. 



Signed Copy of DREAM ALIBIS

Dan Stout


Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about half-truths and double-crosses. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as a convoluted employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Plan B Magazine. His debut novel, TITANSHADE, is a fantasy noir thriller from DAW Books. To say hello, visit him at

30 Minute Skype Chat

Kris Waldherr

Kris Waldherr’s many books for adults and children include BAD PRINCESSES, DOOMED QUEENS, and THE BOOK OF GODDESSES. The New Yorker praised DOOMED QUEENS as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” THE BOOK OF GODDESSES was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. Upcoming books include her debut novel, THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS (Atria Books, 2019).


Signed copy of BAD PRINCESS

Preslaysa Williams

Preslaysa Williams is an award-winning author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance with an Afro-Filipina twist. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University. She’s currently working on her second graduate degree, an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Preslaysa is also a professional actress and proud member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1995. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. HEALING HANNAH’S HEART is her first novel.


Critique Package