Magic to Do:
Fantasy and Power in YA

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 6:00 pm EST

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA fantasy trilogy SNOW LIKE ASHES, the YA fantasy duology STREAM RAIDERS, and the duology SET FIRE TO THE GODS, cowritten with Kristen Simmons.

None of her books feature her hand-drawn pictures. https://www.sararaaschbooks.com

Critically-acclaimed young adult author of more than a dozen books, including the Article Five trilogy, The Deceivers series, and The Glass Arrow, Kristen Simmons’ writing is inspired by her work with trauma survivors as a mental health therapist. She currently lives with her husband and son in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she spins stories, herds a small pack of semi-wild dogs, and teaches Jazzercise. To learn more, join her circle on IG at @Kris10Writes, or at her website & newsletter at KristenSimmonsBooks.com.

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, children, and rescue pups. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii. http://tracybanghart.com

Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than two dozen novels and short stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. In addition to writing novels, she serves on the board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old, as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City. She writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and calls New York City home. When she’s not working, she’s roaming the world in search of magical stories. For more information, visit her at zoraidacordova.com.

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but takes every opportunity she can find to travel the world — there’s a bit of every trip in the stories she writes.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including the Skylark Trilogy, the Starbound Trilogy, the fairytale and legend retellings Hunted and Sherwood, and, most recently, The Other Side of the Sky and its sequel, Beyond the End of the World. http://www.meaganspooner.com