Who We Are

We’re a group of authors and industry professionals (formerly known as Let the Words Flow) who blog about all things writing, publishing, and books! Click on our names to find out more about each of us!

Patrice Caldwell

Associate Editor

Patrice is a twentysomething introvert gone wild. By day, she’s an associate editor, and by night, weekend, and early morning (if she’s had enough green tea) she’s a writer. You can learn more about Patrice, her writing, favorite books, and general musings at her blog patricecaldwell.com. You can also find her on Twitter @whimsicallyours, her secondary home.

Julie C. Dao


Julie C. Dao is the author of the critically acclaimed Rise of the Empress duology, including FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS and KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX, as well as the follow-up novel SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER. A proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, she now lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

Julie Eshbaugh


Julie Eshbaugh writes young adult fiction. She also shares her expertise with aspiring authors as a writing coach. Her books include Crown of Oblivion, Ivory and Bone, and its sequel, Obsidian and Stars, all from HarperTeen. You can visit Julie's website, add her on Goodreads and follow her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter @JulieEshbaugh.

Hannah Fergesen

Literary Agent

Hannah Fergesen is a literary agent, writer, geek, and coffee-binge-drinker. When she's not reading or writing, you might spot her in the wild wearing a Tardis dress or worshipping at the altar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Sarah Gerton

Author & Associate Agent

By day, Sarah Gerton puts her obsession with YA and MG books to use as an associate literary agent in New York; by night, under the pen name Sara Holland, she's the NYT-bestselling author of Everless and Evermore (out now from HarperTeen). She grew up in small-town Minnesota and now spends her free time exploring the city, seeking out new sources of books and caffeine, and hanging out on Twitter @Sara__Holland and Instagram @sarahollandwrites.

S. Jae-Jones

Author & Podcast Co-Host

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of Wintersong and Shadowsong. Before moving to grits country, she was a YA fiction editor in New York City. A southern California native, she now lives in North Carolina, and many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and her blog.

Scott Reintgen


Scott Reintgen is the author of the Nyxia Triad series. As a former teacher, he always writes with his students in mind. Every story is a chance for those students to see themselves as heroes on the pages of a book. His focus is on writing young adult and middle grade literature. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter at @Scott_Thought.

Caleb Roehrig


Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

Aminah Mae Safi


Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She loves Sofia Coppola movies, Bollywood endings, and the Fast and Furious franchise. She’s the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. Originally raised in Texas, she now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner, a cat bent on world domination, and another cat who’s just here for the snacks. She is the author of Not the Girls You're Looking For (Feiwel and Friends) and the forthcoming and Tell Me How You Really Feel (Feiwel and Friends, June 2019).

Eric Smith

Author & Literary Agent

Eric Smith is an author and literary agent in Ann Arbor. By day, he can be found working with P.S. Literary, mostly focusing on YA with a smattering of genre-fiction and non-fiction in the mix. At night, he works on his own books. His writing includes his debut non-fiction book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, his YA novels, Inked and Branded, out now with Bloomsbury. His latest books, the adoption-themed anthology, Welcome Home, and The Girl and the Grove, are out with Flux. You can find him on the web at ericsmithrocks.com and on Twitter posting pictures of his corgi at @ericsmithrocks.

Kelly Van Sant

Literary Agent, Publishing Contracts Expert & Podcast Co-Host

Kelly Van Sant is a literary agent and publishing contracts expert with nearly a decade of experience in the industry. She loves macarons, key changes, and reading through the night. She blogs about agenting and other things at her website.

Emeritus Members

Sona Charaipotra

Author & Co-Founder of CAKE Literary

Sona Charaipotra is a journalist and author who’s written for everyone from the New York Times to Teen Vogue. The co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, she spends much of her time poking plot holes in TV shows like Pretty Little Liars—for work of course. She’s the co-author of the dance drama Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel Shiny Broken Pieces. She is proud to serve as VP of content for We Need Diverse Books. Find her on the web at SonaCharaipotra.com, or on Twitter @sona_c.

E. C. Myers


E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and the public library in Yonkers, New York. He is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning young adult novel Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, as well as numerous short stories. His latest novel, The Silence of Six, is a thriller about teenage hackers and government conspiracies. You can find traces of him all over the internet, but especially at ecmyers.net and on Twitter @ecmyers.

Rachel Seigel

Freelance Content Writer, Author

Rachel Seigel is the Sales and Selection Strategist for EduCan Media in Ontario. She also maintains a personal blog at http://readingtimbits.blogspot.com and can be found on Twitter as @rachelnseigel.

Distinguished Alumni

Leigh Bardugo


Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, is available now.

Erin Bowman


Erin Bowman is a YA writer, letterpress lover, and Harry Potter enthusiast living in New Hampshire. Her Taken trilogy is available from HarperTeen, and Vengeance Road publishes with HMH on 9/1/15. You can visit Erin’s blog (updated occasionally) or find her on Twitter (updated obsessively).

Alexandra Bracken


Alexandra Bracken lives in New York City where she writes like a fiend and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. You can visit her online at her website, Tumblr, or Twitter.

Susan Dennard


Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband and Irish setter, and you can learn more about her crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on her blog, newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Her Something Strange and Deadly series is now available from HarperTeen, and The Witchlands series will launch from Tor in January 2016.

Vanessa Di Gregorio

Publishing Sales Representative

Vanessa Di Gregorio is a publishing sales rep @ampersandinc. Former lit agency intern. Sometimes @pubcrawlblog tweeter. Other times: Writer, gamer & geek. YA hoarder. Board game junkie. Carbivore.

Stephanie Garber


Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing a private college in northern California. Her debut novel, Caraval, will be published by Flatiron Books/Macmillan (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK) in fall 2016.

Janice Hardy


Janice Hardy is the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, where she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure is out now. She lives in Georgia with her husband, one yard zombie, three cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel. Find out more about writing at her site, Fiction University, or find her on Twitter @Janice_Hardy.

Amie Kaufman


Amie Kaufman is the co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, out now from Disney-Hyperion (US) and Allen & Unwin (Australia). You can also grab a free short story set in the Starbound universe! Her new trilogy will start with Illuminae, coming from Random House/Knopf in 2015. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook, or sign up to her mailing list for exclusive sneak-peeks and giveaways. Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and rescue dog.

Stacey Lee


Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, wrangles children, and writes YA fiction.

Biljana Likic


Biljana Likic had just completed her MA in Medieval Studies and is now teaching English in Japan while working on her fantasy WIPs. You can follow her on Twitter.

Jordan Hamessley London


Jordan Hamessley London is an editorial director at Adaptive Books. She is a horror and SF geek, former musical theatre performer, and current musical theatre nerd. Follow Jordan on Twitter!

Marie Lu


Marie Lu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy. The first book in her next series, The Young Elites, is out now. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she spends her time writing and getting stuck in traffic.

Sarah J. Maas


Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Jodi Meadows


Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate Trilogy, The Orphan Queen Duology, and The Fallen Isles Trilogy (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane (HarperTeen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com.

Adam Silvera

Author, Book Reviewer

Adam Silvera was born and raised in New York and is tall for no reason. In the past he worked as a marketing assistant for a literary development company. He’s currently a children’s bookseller and reviews children’s and young adult novels for Shelf Awareness. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, about a boy who wants to undergo a memory-alteration procedure to forget he’s gay, will be coming out on June 16th, 2015 from Soho Teen. Go say stuff to him on Twitter.

Joanna Volpe

Literary Agent

Joanna Volpe is a literary agent who represents all brands of fiction, from picture books to adult. When she’s not reading, she’s either cooking, playing video games, or hanging out with her husband and chihuahua.

Kat Zhang


Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional–the former allows for better souvenirs, but the latter allows for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. HarperCollins published her first YA trilogy, the Hybrid Chronicles, which are about a girl struggling to survive in an alternate universe where people are born with two souls, and one is doomed to disappear. Next up, she has two MG stand-alones coming out with Aladdin/Simon & Schuster. The first, The Emperor's Riddle, tells the story of a Chinese-American girl who embarks on a hunt for a long-lost treasure after her eccentric aunt goes missing during a summer trip to China. You can learn all about Kat at her site, or listen to her ramblings on Twitter.