2021 Mentors

Below are all our mentors for the 2021 programme. We have listed them under the headings, for ease of finding those who are the best fit. There are additional details below their picture to help refine your choice.

We also have an appendix at the end with all the mentor details in summarised table format, if that is visually easier to manage. Or you can copy and paste it, it to make your own spreadsheet and help you narrow down your choices.

Please check the main programme page for any other information, details, dates and other FAQS.

*Please note some mentors will accept applications from two categories – eg MG and YA, so we listed them as MG/YA.

Picture Book Mentors

Anna Lazowski
Genres

Historical, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love stories that take an unusual approach or unfold in a way that is surprising. I like things that are commercial or quirky, a bit dark or brilliantly bright and am happy with humour or heart. I am open to fiction and nonfiction stories, concept books, and have a soft spot for elements of social/emotional learning. I am also eager to hear from BIPOC creators. Please note: I am not a good fit for rhyming submissions or crude humour.

Twitter

@anna_lazowski

Bio

Anna Lazowski wrote her first picture book for a class assignment in the sixth grade and has been creating stories ever since. Now an award-winning radio producer, Anna got back into writing picture books after searching for a new creative outlet. She has an MA (Journalism) from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and is a member of SCBWI. Anna’s debut picture book, T. REXES CAN’T TIE THEIR SHOES (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), illustrated by Steph Laberis, is launching June 29, 2021. 

Becky Wilson
Genres

humour/funny, contemporary, fantasy, action/adventure, magical realism

What they’re looking for…

I have a particular passion for funny, silly and/or wacky stories… or anything with great characterisation and a stand-out premise. Favourite PB authors include: Morag Hood, Simon Philip, Jon Klassen, Michelle Robinson, Cressida Cowell and MANY more (this is just a flavour!).

Twitter

@beckywilson777

Bio

I’m so excited to be a mentor on this year’s summer programme. 

Last year, I was lucky enough to be a mentee. I had such a brilliant experience with my mentor, Jon Cox, that I’m delighted to give a little back this year.

My background is in children’s publishing and, over the years, I’ve written and edited a wide range of children’s books and magazines. I also support children with SEN at my local primary school.

For the last six years or so, I’ve been trying to write funny/silly picture book texts. Thanks to last year’s summer programme, I’m now represented by Paul Moreton of Bell Lomax Moreton.

I’m addicted to PB courses and workshops, mainly because I love to learn but also because I’m ever-so-hugely obsessed about picture books! I belong to two brilliant critique groups, one of which is with the WriteMentor Community Learning Hub. I’m also a reader for this year’s WMCNA, which I’ve loved doing.

I can’t wait to help a fellow PB writer develop their texts over the summer. So please pluck up the courage and apply. It’s the best thing I ever did, so just go for it!

Emma Pearl
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’m open to anything fun, quirky, original, heartwarming, clever. I’m a sucker for anything to do with nature, environment, climate change, animals and the ocean. I’d love to see something moving and emotional or laugh-out-loud funny. Also bonus points for diverse characters, issues etc.

Twitter

@emmspearl

Bio

I loved being a mentee in 2020 and am so excited to be a mentor this year. My debut picture book is being published in 2022. I also write MG and YA. I’ve been lucky to work with a great editor and publishing team on my PB and have learnt lots in the process of readying the manuscript for publication.

Frances Tosdevin
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love picture books of all types, but I have a special love of rhyming books (although I would love to see prose stories, as well).

I have two main areas of interest – funny, fast-paced picture book texts packed with plot and action, and also thought-provoking, lyrical texts that up the emotional stakes; the type that eat away at you long after you finish reading. 

Twitter

@FrancesTosdevin

Bio

I’ve been writing and critiquing picture books since 2016, and I’m thrilled finally to be both agented and (almost) published! My debut picture book, THE BEAR AND HER BOOK (illustrated by Sophia O’Connor) will be published in Oct ’21 by Uclan Publishing. My second picture book, AN ARTIST’S EYES, will be published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in 2022. I’ve completed four picture book courses and have been shortlisted several times in picture book competitions. In 2019, I was selected as a WriteMentor picture book mentee by Skylaar Amann. I’m delighted to be represented by Lucy Irvine at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop.

Jon Cox
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Words that zing and stories that sing. I hope to find a writer in love with language and its power to convey big ideas and big emotions. Silly or serious. Rhyme or prose. I particularly love the natural world; much less keen on bodily functions.

Twitter

@joncox17

Bio

I’m based in London and have spent most of my career working in teaching and editing. I’ve been writing PB texts for a number of years and have been rep’ed since the start of 2020. I’ve just dipped my toe into the world of chapter books, but my heart is with the little glittering jewels that are picture books.
Read more – https://www.joncoxwriter.co.uk/post/let-s-mentor-again-like-we-did-last-summer

Liz Kashyap
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

For me, it’s all about emotional punch. Make me laugh, make me sad. Make me feel uplifted or proud or calm or rebellious or even a little bit scared. Your picture book text can be on any subject – it can rhyme or not rhyme – but it needs to engage my emotions at every page turn. 

Twitter

@LizKashyap

Bio

I’ve been writing picture books for about six years. My reasons for starting were very simple – a) I loved reading picture books to my children and, b) I thought it would be easy. 

How wrong I was! It didn’t take me long to realise I needed some serious help. I joined a brilliant SCBWI critique group and attended City Lit’s fantastic year-long Writing for Children course. I subsequently joined the Golden Egg Academy 2019-2020 Picture Book programme and signed with my wonderful agent, Lucy Irvine at PFD, in September 2020. 

In the past, I’ve been short-listed and long-listed for the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize as well as being Highly Commended in the Greenhouse Funny Prize and receiving an Honourable Mention in a SCBWI Slushpile Challenge. I write chapter books as well as picture books and I volunteer with the charity Coram Beanstalk, helping children who are struggling with reading.

I grew up in Rutland and studied Modern History at Oxford University, before becoming a civil servant for many years. I live in London with my husband and three children.

Giving and receiving feedback is one of the most satisfying parts of writing – I’m a member of multiple critique groups and I get plenty of practice at it. I’m looking forward to working closely with a mentee to help them develop, stretch and polish their picture book texts. You will find me rigorous and truthful but, above all, supportive.  

Louise Gooding
Genres

Humour/Funny

What they’re looking for…

First and foremost, I would love to see anything that supports neurodiverity, picture books, chapter books and non fiction. Positive representation and if possible, own voices. I am also interested in STEM, again as NF, PB, CB and MG. 

Twitter

@onceuponalouise

Bio

Louise Gooding is an neurodivergent author and mother of three, who is currently living in Switzerland. 
Louise writes children’s nonfiction, her middle grade non fiction, Just Like Me, coming out March 11th. Her Picture book debut is due out 2022 (all being well!). 
Before writing Louise worked in children’s entertainment, and loves getting creative with new and exciting ideas. She also likes diving deep into more obscure or difficult subject matters too to see how they can be appropriately addressed with young audiences. Louise is represented my Chloe Seager of Madeliene Milburn literary agency.

Melinda Szymanik
Genres

Contemporary, Historical, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

I’m open to all picture book styles except non fiction

Twitter

@MelSzymanik

Bio

Hi, I’m Melinda Szymanik and I’m a New Zealand writer. I write picture books, short stories, novels and poetry for children and young adults, but my first love is picture books so that’s what I’ll be mentoring. I’ve won a few awards for my books over the years including Children’s Choice at the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2009 for my picture book The Were-Nana, and my picture book Fuzzy Doodle was a 2017 White Raven selection. I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to writing. I have three picture books coming out this year, with three different publishers, exploring three very different sets of themes but key similarities are focussing on wordplay and voice, and providing multiple layers of meaning in my stories. I believe picture books should be read by everyone, not just children.


I’ve studied both adult’s and children’s literature at University level and I was a judge for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2016. I write book reviews, regularly teach creative writing workshops for adults and children, mentor for the NZ Society of Author’s mentor programme, and blog on writing.

Meredith Vigh
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I personally write a variety of texts from rhyming to prose, humorous to lyrical, so my ‘wish-list’ is wide open.  I adore stories that make me laugh, I really admire clever rhyme and word-play, and I just love seeing a story that also has warmth and ‘heart’ to it. I’m equally happy to look at rhyming or prose.

Twitter

@MeredithVigh

Bio

Meredith is a picture book author who, although born and bred in New Zealand, now resides in Berkshire. As child she always thought she’d like to be a writer – or possibly an opera singer – and often composed silly poems for her friends. Now she writes a lot of silly rhyming picture books as well as some that aren’t silly, and some that aren’t in rhyme.  

Rachell Abalos
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

#ownvoices, emotional, STEM, empowerment, cultural, monsters

Twitter

@RachellAbalos

Bio

Rachell Abalos is a Filipino-American kidlit writer represented by Hannah Vanvels of the Belcastro Agency. She specializes in contemporary and magical stories about her culture. Born in the United States, she spent her childhood in the Philippines, learning how to speak three different Filipino languages. She has a BA in Literature and Writing. You can learn more about her at rachellabalos.com.

As a former WriteMentor PB mentee, it is her honor to pay it forward and mentor a PB writer. She is seeking stories that will melt her heart, particularly in #ownvoices. She enjoys reading about new cultures, folklore, STEM, and cute monsters.

Skylaar Amann
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I like stories about strong, brave, independent girls. I love science, exploration, discovery, humor, weird twists, mental health, being different, and the natural world. This year I cannot accept submissions in rhyme.

Read more here.

Twitter

@skylaara

Bio

Skylaar Amann is the author-illustrator of Lloyd Finds His Whalesong, (Page Street Kids, 2020). Her next book, Smile, Sophia, is forthcoming from Feiwel and Friends in 2022. She is a member of SCBWI and Women Who Draw, as well as an affiliated artist with Climate Science Alliance. She has been a picture book mentor for WriteMentor since 2019, so far helping three fantastic writers find their agents. Skylaar specializes in children’s and science-themed illustration, with clients including Surfrider, Pinna, Sitka Sound Science Center, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, 826 Seattle, Adventure! Children’s Museum, Scientific American, and Paxton Gate. Skylaar has fifteen years of experience in communications and now works as am author, illustrator, editor, and instructor. She is represented by Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. You can learn more about her at skylaaramann.com.

Chapter Book / Middle Grade Mentors

Carolyn Ward
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

It’s so wonderful to be a mentor again – and this year I’d love to laugh or scream in terror. I’m open to anything hooky, but particularly horror or comedy. Or horror comedy… think Dracula for kids. Or The Shining. Maybe not that, actually, lockdown horror is a bit too horrific.

Twitter

@Viking_Ma

Bio

Carolyn Ward studied for an English degree before working in retail management in the Midlands and Manchester. Now settled near Wolverhampton, she is represented by Thérèse Coen at Hardman and Swainson for her MG writing. She became a pioneer member of Write Mentor in its first year, and has mentored and edited hundreds of writers from all over the world with stories from PB to YA.
This year she is seeking MG, LMG and CB, and will consider anything hooky; but particularly horror or comedy. 
For updates on writing and editing, follow @Viking_Ma 

Emma Finlayson-Palmer
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Some of my favourite books are: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (anything he’s written really!); The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig (again, all of Matt’s books); the Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson; Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison; Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray; Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence; Ready, Player, One by Ernest Cline; Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes; Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han; The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy; Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion by Lucy Diamond; The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison; The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson; The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris; Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell; Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones; The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, to name but a few. So basically I’m open to most genres and have a wide range of tastes 😊

Read more here.

Twitter

@FinlaysonPalmer

Bio

I am represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates. My writing is featured in many different magazines, anthologies and online, and my chapter book for 5-8 year olds, Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic, from UCLan publishing summer 2022.

Priscilla Mante
Genres

Contemporary, Historical, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’m open to a wide range of MG and CB books from ‘light’ fun books to stories that take on tough issues or ones that do a bit of both. In terms of genre, I tend to prefer contemporary realistic, historical fiction and magic realism. I also enjoy absurdly funny books, think Louis Sachar’s HOLES or SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, as well as books that make me cry, or stories with unreliable narrators. I welcome Own Voice stories and especially books that have great disability/neuro-divergent representation. I think character’s at the heart of every good story, so above all I’d like to see an engaging, well-rounded and realistic main character. I loved being an AMM mentor last year and I’m excited to meet my first WriteMentor mentee!

Twitter

@priscilla_mante

Bio

Priscilla Mante is a London based writer from Glasgow. She spent several years delivering arts, literacy and cultural programmes to young people and currently works full-time in corporate communications. She writes stories about brave girls and women who fight for their dreams. JAZ SANTOS VS. THE WORLD (Puffin, May ’21) is her debut MG novel and is the first book in THE DREAM TEAM series.

She was a WriteMentor Spark mentee in 2019 and a mentor for Author Mentor Match in 2020, and led a workshop for WOWCON 2020. Priscilla is really looking forward to being a mentor on this year’s summer programme and working with a writer to make their manuscript shine! Priscilla loves cake, theatre, traveling, and playing sports. 

Middle Grade Mentors

Clare Harlow
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’m keen to see all things MG, but particularly fantasy or mystery – a blend of both would be the dream. Having said that, I think I’ll be won over by voice and character more than anything. Give me a main character I can root for! Some of my recent middle-grade favourites are ‘Owl and the Lost Boy’ by Amy Wilson, ‘Mic Drop’ by Sharna Jackson, ‘The Boy Who Met a Whale’ by Nizrana Farook, ‘A Kind of Spark’ by Elle McNicoll, ‘Amari and the Night Brothers’ by B. B. Alston, ‘Darwin’s Dragons’ by Lindsay Galvin, and ‘The Strangeworlds Travel Agency’ by L.D. Lapinski.

Twitter

@clareharlow

Bio

I recently signed with Amber Caraveo at Skylark Literary with my MG fantasy novel ‘Smoke and Brine’. It’s taken me decades of daydreaming, years of seriously hard work, and some heartbreaking near misses with two other manuscripts to reach this stage. In that time, I’ve studied with Catherine Johnson on the Curtis Brown Creative ‘Writing for Children and Young Adults’ course, been longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition, and been selected for the SCBWI ‘Undiscovered Voices’ anthology. I’ve also taken part in the Write Mentor summer programme twice as a mentee, so I’m really excited to have the chance to give something back as a mentor for MG this year.

Emily Kenny
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Mystery, Dystopian, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure, crime, thriller, time travel, historical

What they’re looking for…

Send me all the middle grade! I would love to receive submissions with exciting plots and well-built, original worlds, whether fantastical or contemporary. I like my characters believable and nuanced but most of all I just want a really great story! I’m neurodivergent, disabled and LGBTQ and would particularly love to work with other #ownvoices writers. 

Read more here.

Twitter

@Emilie_London

Bio

I live in South London with my family and an ever growing menagerie of pets. When I am not supporting students with Special Educational Needs or reading my neverending TBR, you can find me writing. My first love is Middle Grade, but occasionally I dip my toe into the YA and Chapter Book waters! I’m currently working on a contemporary magical adventure due for publication in 2022 and a sequel for 2023. 
I love a pacey adventure story with characters that have you rooting for them from the get go and I’m also a sucker for anything with animals. Bring me all the animals! I’m particularly interested in working with another #ownvoices writer, especially if you’re neurodivergant, disabled or LGBTQ (or all of these!) but equally if that’s not you, please don’t let that hold you back from applying.
I’m friendly, down to earth and honest, and I’m itching to read your stories!

George Jreije
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

Send me all your science fiction and fantasy! All variations of it are welcome, no matter how weird or how high concept they may be. Also, as a diverse author, I very much welcome other diverse authors to send me their work! 

Twitter

@ByGeorgeJreije

Bio

George Jreije is the Lebanese-American author of SHAD HADID AND THE ALCHEMISTS OF ALEXANDRIA (HarperCollins, 2022) and lover is middle grade fiction. When not working, he can be found doing yoga or reading.

They will be co-mentoring with M.T. Khan

Gina Gonzales
Genres

Fantasy, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Latinx stories, fantasy stories with a dark twist, fun adventure stories that leave you breathless, and stories portraying friendships I would want in my own life. 

Twitter

@GinaGWrites

Bio

Gina Gonzales (she/her) is a Latinx kidlit writer who enjoys writing fun, quirky stories with a creepy twist. She grew up in Pueblo, Colorado nicknamed the “Home of Heroes” which was the perfect place to develop a love of green chile, superheroes, and reading. She has worked as an entertainment Creative at Warner Bros. for over 10 years where she has lived out some of her nerdiest fantasies working with properties such as Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, and Harry Potter. When not writing, she enjoys running, tempting her husband with a new bread recipe, cuddling with her dog, Jasper, and way too much anime. She was a 2020 mentee for the WriteMentor program and is represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes from Ash Literary. She will be co-mentoring with Lauren E.E. Persons.

M.T.Khan
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

Send me all your science fiction and fantasy! All variations of it are welcome, no matter how weird or how high concept they may be. Also, as a diverse author, I very much welcome other diverse authors to send me their work! 

Twitter
Bio

M.T. Khan is a Toronto-based SFF author with an upcoming MG debut from LBYR titled NURA AND THE IMMORTAL PALACE (2022). She has a knack for intense action scenes, witty dialogue, and emotional moments. When she’s not writing, M.T. Khan has her nose deep in physics textbooks or glued to her CAD computer as she majors in Mechanical Engineering.

They will be co-mentoring with George Jreije.

Joan Haig
Genres

Contemporary, Mystery, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

Contemporary settings, splashes of magic, a knotty plot (mystery or adventure – something that needs untangled), writing across cultures.

Twitter

@joanhaigbooks

Bio

I am a writer of children’s fiction and nonfiction. My debut Tiger Skin Rug (Cranachan Publishing, 2020) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is a Finalist in The People’s Book Prize. Last May I edited ‘Stay at Home! Poems and Prose for Children Living in Lockdown’ by 40 writers living in Scotland, illustrated by Darren Gate (Cranachan Publishing). I’m currently cowriting a book on famous speeches with Joan Lennon, illustrated by Andre Ducci, for Templar/Bonnier (2021) and chipping away at my writer’s block – sorry, I mean my second novel.

I grew up in Zambia and the South Pacific with magic and folklore all around me. I love stories with real-world settings and magical elements, and stories that involve crossing made-up boundaries to explore shared human experiences. I live in a small Scottish village with my two cats and other family.

Jonathan Eyers
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I am very open-minded, having received wonderfully diverse submissions last year. I still love a good historical story, and any era could interest me. I’d love to be surprised by something truly original, whether that’s a unique voice or a high concept plot.

Twitter

@eyersjonathan

Bio

Jonathan Eyers does not like writing about himself in the third person, but apart from that he was born in Essex and lives in North London. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and currently works as an Editor for a major independent publisher.

His first children’s novel, “The Thieves of Pudding Lane”, was published by Bloomsbury in October 2014.

He blogs about books and writing at http://jonathaneyers.com/blog

Lauren EE Persons
Genres

Fantasy, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Any form of fantasy, especially if it has dark/creepy elements, like Lockwood & Co. I’m LGBT+ and would love to see more LGBT+ rep. Anything like Cattywampus! I also enjoy Ghibli-esque and cinematic stories: anything I can vividly picture, or a world I’d love to dive into. 

Read more here.

Twitter

@laureneepersons

Bio

Lauren (she/they) is a queer kidlit writer who builds spaceships for NASA. She is a coordinator and board member for the free, online writing conference WriteHive, and a 2020 mentee for the WriteMentor program. She is published in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets with the paper “Galactic Cosmic Ray Shielding Using a Spherical Field-reversed Array of Superconducting Coils.” When not cosplaying, reading, or making music, she can be found in any number of local tea shops.

She will be co-mentoring with Gina Gonzales. 

Lisette Auton
Genres

Contemporary, Mystery, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Diverse voices and characters. I’d love the story to be wild and bold and brave and adventurous, but the thing that makes my heart soar is a brilliant cast of characters. That no matter how fantastical they are, or their world is, that we absolutely and utterly believe in them and are willing them on, that they have truth. 

Stories are as old as time, tell me yours with passion, in a way that’s unique to your voice, your mind, your body, your world. 

Voice, that ephemeral thing that’s so hard to capture and explain what you’re looking for, but the thing that rises above plot and makes you stay up all night turning the page. 

A cracking character-led adventure story would be lush. Character to be at the absolute heart. To have a corker of an adventure, and a cracking plot, but all of this to be absolutely led and transformed by the characters within the story. To want to be friends (or enemies!) with these people, to believe they are real and their world continues when I close the manuscript.

Something where the writer’s complete and utter passion for the story they’re telling absolutely shines through.

I’d love to mentor disabled, chronically ill or neurodivergent writers, as I identify under those banners myself. People writing about characters and lives and situations that take up far less space than they should in publishing.

Twitter

@lisette_auton

Bio

Lisette Auton is a disabled writer, activist, poet, novelist, spoken-word artist, actor, film & theatre-maker and creative practitioner; some say word-artist, she says she does stuff with words. 

Lisette’s debut middle grade novel THE SECRET OF HAVEN POINT is forthcoming from Puffin in February 2022, with a second book to follow in 2023. She is represented by Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency. She was the 2019 Early Careers Fellow for Literature at Cove Park supported by the Fenton Arts Trust, and is on the TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction. 

Lisette is an award-winning poet who is widely published and known for her energised performances on the spoken word scene. She has performed at Northern Stage, ARC, The Southbank Centre and the Sage, in pubs, in a crypt, at festivals, indoors, outdoors, on a bridge and in a launderette. 

Lisette works with many creative collaborators to create unique and innovative cross artform works which have featured at MIMA, Kirkleatham Museum, Durham Book Festival and online. She is a founding member and director of the Disconsortia collective of North East disabled artists.

She uses her platform as a writer, performer and practitioner to make the invisible visible. Her current work is focused on ‘Writing the Missing’.

http://www.lisetteauton.co.uk

Liz Flanagan
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’d love to read some northern voices! I am open to different genres within MG, but a strong voice and flawed, loveable characters always win me over. 

Twitter

@lizziebooks

Bio

Liz Flanagan is a middle-grade & YA author whose novels include Eden Summer, Dragon Daughter and Rise of the Shadow Dragons. She used to be a book editor, then managed a writing centre, and now works as a mentor and creative writing tutor. She’s based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and whenever she gets stuck for an idea, she takes her terrier for a walk in the hills – this happens a lot! 

Lori Keckler
Genres

Contemporary, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I would like to see diverse stories, especially but not limited to Latinx. I am happy with contemporary, mystery, magical realism, or humor and light fantasy.

Read more here.

Twitter

@LoriKeckler

Bio

*first language: Spanish (Mexico)
*former 2nd & 3rd grade teacher
*writes PB, MG and YA but is best with MG
*writing since I was 8, former WriteMentor mentee and LasMusas mentee
*mentor for WriteTeam and WriteMentor
*some favorite books: The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, Front Desk, Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, Other Words For Home, Restart

Natasha Holmes
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I want to root for your mc, I want to scream at them not do it… and ache for them when they do. I enjoy being taken to unexpected places whether that be to whole new fantasy realms or parts of the world I’ve not been to. I love settings that have as much soul and character as your protagonist. I appreciate humour, especially when it’s used well in emotional scenes but I’m not looking for a laugh on every page. I’m also passionate about dystopian fiction, especially for MG and even more so if it mixes different genres.

Twitter

@TellTaleHeart

Bio

Natasha is a northern writer recently agented by Megan Carroll at Watson, Little, Ltd. Her upper middle-grade novel, The Angel of Grimsby, will shortly be going out on submission to publishers. 

Her background is in children’s theatre: writing, directing and performing for the international touring company, Tell Tale Hearts. Her theatre work has given her a great understanding of character, dialogue, comedy and most importantly dramaturgical structure or narrative arc in book terms. 

Natasha still loves to play and make up stories, although nowadays she plays more with words than puppets. She was selected to take part in the Mumwrite pilot in 2020 and has had her experimental poetry and short fiction published by several online publishers and in the Mumwrite anthology. She is an associate artist at the award winning, Grimm & Co (the apothecary to the magical – an arts organisation that aims to change children’s lives one story at a time) and was previously mentored by Emma Finlayson-Palmer as part of the 2019 WriteMentor cohort. She also received an Arts Council England grant in 2018 to research a dystopian MG adventure, The Spies of Ornia, inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall and mentored by Liz Flanagan.

She is passionate about nurturing talent in others and is thrilled to be mentoring fellow writers for the first time through WriteMentor.

Twitter: @TellTaleHeart
https://www.telltalehearts.co.uk/freelance/writing/

Philip Kavvadias
Genres

Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love wit and humour, and a good adventure. I want to see the main character in constant peril but I also want to see good banter, great jokes, funny situations. In addition, I love a plot that always moves forward, and never rests!

Most of all, I love a great voice. I know it’s a hard-to-grasp concept but all of us can recognise a great voice when we see it.

Obviously, I don’t expect a super-polished manuscript, with all of the above elements down to a T. This is what we’ll work on!

Read more here.

Twitter

@philipkavvadias

Bio

I was born in Athens, Greece, and lived in Dublin and, currently, Windsor. My first writing passion was poetry, especially satirical verses, and short stories for magazines and anthologies. After two kids came into my life, I started writing for them and later focussed on the 10-12 year old range, which is my favourite in children’s literature. Represented by Amber Caraveo of Skylark, my second book is currently out on submission.

Reena Deen
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Paranormal

What they’re looking for…

I would love to support diversity especially black voices. I’d like see horror, dark fantasy, paranormal mysteries, thrillers, Sci-Fi in the MG category. In these categories, I am open to very dark and scary ( or as dark & scary MG can go anyways), quirky or stories with a dash of humor.

Co-mentoring with Hannah Kates.

Twitter

@ReenaDeen8

Bio

Hi folks! I’m Reena, hailing from the too hot and humid shores of tropical Singapore.
I am a lover of all things spooky and literally worship horror. Put it this way, I would watch
any horror flick in any language (as long as there are Eng subs!) and yes that includes the bad ones too. When I was a teen, I read all the Stephen King plus any other horror books I could get my hands on. All the horror movie watching and book reading got me into writing
MG/YA horror & dark fantasy.

I was in the querying trenches for about 6 years before finally signing up with my
wonderful agent Tricia Lawrence. During my querying journey, I’ve been blessed to be
selected as a mentee for competitions like WriteMentor, Fall Fiction Fest, Pitch Madness and Pitch Wars. Because of my experiences, I totally understand a potential mentee’s struggles and hopes

Fun fact! I’ve been teaching for 20 years now (I know I don’t look my age, well at
least I hope not? haha) So I’m fairly good with guiding and mentoring. But, this is my first
time mentoring in writementor and I’m super glad I get to do it with my all round awesome
friend and fellow horror lover—Hannah Kates!

I am a big picture sort of a person. I rock at plot (plot holes, structure issues, pacing
etc wouldn’t stand a chance with me!), character arcs and voice! If you need help in these
areas, I can lend a hand! I would be the kind of mentor who’ll DM you to see how you are
feeling and worry about your stress level. I’m pretty organized and punctual with deadlines. I
am also comfortable with both zoom video discussions or just email ones.

Totally looking forward to working with one of you guys!

Rachel Faturoti
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love contemporary fantasy, contemporary, dystopian, magical realism, and low fantasy. Books with diverse characters, a strong voice and great worldbuilding are genius. I love anything weird like ALICE IN WONDERLAND. I enjoy books with heavy topics like A MONSTER CALLS, but I don’t mind a happy or funny story too. If there is a book that plays with time, I want to read it!

Read more here.

Twitter

@RachelWithAn_E

Bio

Rachel Faturoti is a British-Nigerian writer, poet and editor from South London. She was a 2019 Write Mentor mentee before deciding to become a mentor herself. Rachel was highly commended for the Fab Prize 2020 and has recently signed with a literary agent. Currently, Rachel works as a Digital Learning Coordinator. When she isn’t working or writing, you can find her watching film trailers or practising her calligraphy.

Ravena Guron
Genres

Fantasy, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

My tastes lean towards upper-MG. I’d love something with a strong voice, that’s fast-paced, high-concept and features lots of twists. That being said, I probably don’t know what I’m looking for until I’ve seen it, so try me – especially if you’re a writer from a background that’s previously been underrepresented in publishing!

Twitter

@rkguron

Bio

I’ve lived in London my whole life. While I have a degree in Biochemistry I quickly realised life in a lab was not for me, and I’m now a trainee lawyer turned author. I write both MG and YA 
and I love creating big worlds and adventures with lots of twists and bags of fun. In my spare time, I love reading (of course), and falling asleep to my thousandth re-watch of Friends.

Rebecca Rouillard
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’m an escapist reader. I love imaginative, immersive fantasy, thought-provoking sci-fi, and authentic characters I can fall in love with.

Twitter

@rrouillard

Bio

I have a BA Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. I was the Managing Editor of the Birkbeck Writers’ Hub for four years and was one of the Editors of the Mechanics’ Institute Review 14 (2017).

My short stories and poetry have been published in various print and online anthologies, including Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers (Frogmore Press, 2017), Dragons of the Prime: Poems About Dinosaurs (The Emma Press, 2019), and Night-Time Stories (The Emma Press, 2021). In 2017 I won the Mslexia Novel Competition for my YA novel, Ash & Ellyn and the Lighthouse. I am currently working on an MG fantasy and am represented by Julia Churchill at A.M. Heath.

I work as a primary school librarian in South-West London and write children’s book reviews for Armadillo Magazine. In my spare time I’m a wild swimmer and occasional mermaid.

Stacie Turner
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

Stories that I love the most and that I’d be most interested in working with are stories where the ‘unreal’ element – whether it’s fantasy or science fiction or horror-based – is linked to the protagonist’s emotional arc. It lets the fantastical become a metaphor for the conflict and deepens the book past ‘well, magic is cool.’

Twitter

@StacieTurner

Bio

Stacie Turner has a BA in English from Bard College and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. A former English and Latin teacher, she left the classroom to raise twins and ended up writing stories at the sides of Little League games and in ice rink cafes. She’s an Author Mentor Match mentor, and has gone through both Pitch Wars and AMM as a mentee. She currently lives in central Connecticut with three cats, two kids, and one spouse.

Piu Das Gupta
Genre

Low/Urban Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Gothic, Alternate History, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure, Animal Stories, Time Travel.  Most genres, although I’m not the best fit for Sci-Fi, Dystopian, or High Fantasy.

What they’re looking for…

I love horror, Gothic, historical and alternate history, myths and legends, magical realism, and creepy fairy tale re-tellings. Anything dark and twisty will usually get me hooked. Contemporary animal stories, perhaps with an environmental twist: I’d love to see the new Ring of Bright Water or Watership Down. I’m particularly interested in under-represented writers (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, working class), and I’m always on the lookout for stories which combine thrilling storytelling with the authentic expression of diverse experiences (NOT necessarily “ownvoices”, which I consider a restrictive and ambiguous term). For CB and humour, I’d love to see a quirky stand-alone or series idea with a strong, diverse lead, similar to Anisha, Accidental Detective or The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. I love stories with unconventional and gender stereotype-busting MCs: please send my way your non-glittery, kick-ass heroines who are into STEM, and your non-superhero heroes!

What I will offer/My mentoring style:

I’ll be offering a full, detailed textual critique of your MS, with suggestions for improvement, covering areas such as character, plot, and writing style. I’ll also help with the Synopsis and covering letter. We’ll correspond in whatever way works best for us both, I’m happy with WhatsApp, Zoom, or email. I’ve been mentored myself and maintain close links with my former mentors, so I’m hoping we’ll keep in touch and this will be a career-long relationship!

Twitter

@PiuDasGupta1

Bio

I like to think of myself as a storyteller and hate to be boxed into commercial genres. I’ve written adult non-fiction books, fiction, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and worked on TV documentaries. My previous books have been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award, the Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards, and translated into half a dozen languages. My debut MG is a Gothic, twisty historical set in Paris, where I live. I was born in Kolkata, India, grew up in Croydon, and have lived in France for many years, so I consider myself a citizen of the world. She/her.

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Hannah Kates
Genre

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Paranormal

What they’re looking for…

Send me your dark, spooky, creepies, and crawlies. As a horror and dark fantasy author, I want your murderers, twisted fairy tales, and non-sparkly vampires. I’m always looking for beautiful writing and strong voice. If you’ve got either of those (any genre), send them my way. I want stories that keep me up at night—gut-punches that leave me with a one-liner like Carmilla in CASTLEVANIA (S2e6). I’d take a standout YA, but I tend to gravitate toward MG and upper-MG. I eagerly welcome STEM, #ownvoice, and LGBTQ+ entries.

Twitter

@HannahKates1

Bio

Hannah Kates never means to get into trouble, but she always manages to do so, anyway. As a full-time author and part-time ghost, she’s chalked up misadventures all around the world. Between being shanghaied along with the French Foreign Legion, escaping Montenegrin castles, and eulogizing at rat funerals, she keeps herself busy.

Hannah specializes in middle grade horror, but you can also find her penning tales of cowboy werewolves and insidious alpine hotels. When she’s not writing, she’s usually skulking around cemeteries, giving tours through haunted cities, or playing honky-tonk piano. 

Co-mentoring with Reena Deen.

Lindsay Galvin
Genre

Historical, adventure, speculative, spooky, sci-fi, anything with eco themes, fantasy.

What they’re looking for…

I’d like to find a MG that is character led and has adventure, discovery and mystery at its heart. I love found families, fraught friendships, unusual atmospheric settings, animals, and ecological themes. For fantasy it needs to be a fresh take. I’m keen to support diverse and under represented voices. 

Twitter

@LindsayGalvin

Bio

Lindsay’s first book The Secret Deep came out in the UK in 2018 and the next is to be published in early 2020. She writes Young Adult, Middle Grade and has adult and younger fiction works in progress. She reads in all genres and loves to edit, she is an experienced mentor plus a critique partner of published authors.

Lindsay came late to writing, self-taught, after a career teaching which is now part time. She is a slush-pile (talent pool!) conqueror who came from nowhere and had no contacts and – although it took a while – had the first ever book she wrote published by the excellent Chicken House. 

An experienced teacher, Lindsay’s workshop style is upbeat, constructive and focuses on the practical. She is sensitive to those at different stages of their writing journeys and the courage it takes to share work. Her workshops have a positive supportive atmosphere, intended to empower writers. All questions are welcome.

Middle Grade / Teen/ Young Adult Mentors

Amanda Badillo
Genres

Thriller, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime

What they’re looking for…

My dream wish list would have to be:

YA
*something eery and weird that leaves me on the edge of my seat with gripping pages that makes me not want to put the book down
*twists and turns that I don’t see coming
*clear imagery and characters that have a voice and are relatable in some way
*anything creepy or sinister, especially the characters, I always fall for the bad/evil characters 
*anything supernatural 
*i love dark humor/comedy and would love to see it sprinkled in

I’m a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe and all of his creepy tales. I also love authors like Christopher Krovatin, Z Brewer, Ellen Schreiber, Stephen King, Ruth Ware, and John Connolly. In terms of shows/movies to compare to – Split, Identity, True Blood, The Chilling Adventures of Selena, the Bates Motel, Vampire Diaries (special attention to Kai Parker and Damon Salvatore), and the Originals.

MG

*light hearted and funny, easily relatable characters where the story keeps me hooked
*I love paranormal/supernatural MG, give me all the spooky things!
*A twisted tale but with a happy ending

Books/Movies- Monster House, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, I Got a D in Salami, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman.

Read more here.

Twitter

@Amandabadillo25

Bio


Hello future mentee! Welcome! I’m so excited to have been selected as a mentor for the 2021 Write Mentor Summer Program and can’t wait to start diving into your stories!

To tell you a little bit about myself – obviously my name is Amanda. I was born and raised in New York and yes I order a baconeggncheese religiously! I am Puerto Rican and a slew of other ethnicities like Arabic and Chinese but I mostly just say I’m Puerto Rican, it’s easier! I have a fiance, two dogs that I’m obsessed with, two lizards, and many, many fish.

I have been writing like most of you since I was a kid. I have always been inspired by the dark and creepy which led to very interesting conversations in my middle school years. In terms of my writing now, I write YA paranormal, horror, and thriller as well as MG paranormal with a lot of humor. I am represented by two amazingly talented literary agents, Analieze Cervantes and Jennifer Herrington of the Harvey Klinger Agency. Together the three of us are working on revisions to my YA paranormal series that is tentatively titled Vampires Are the Worst.

To give you an idea of who I am as a person, picture Lorelai Gilmore with a mix of Jess Mariano and Dallas Winston. If you don’t know those characters then just know I get very passionate and excited about things I love, I have a comeback for everything (always in a light-hearted and funny way), and I would do anything for my friends and family regardless of the stakes. My major passion has always been writing and I know it’s yours too, so I can’t wait to dive into your stories and eventually meet you!

Favorite shows:
Gilmore Girls
Cobra Kai
Real Housewives of New York
The Office
The Last Man on Earth
Vampire Diaries
The Originals
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (not Joss Whedon)

Favorite Movies:
Split
Fury
The Outsiders
Stand By Me
Dracula Untold
Viktor Frankenstein
Horns 
Dog Pound 
Van Helsing
Queen of the Damned

Favorite Authors/Style of Writing:
John Connolly 
Christopher Krovatin 
Ruth Ware
Ellen Schreiber
Darren Shan
Z Brewer
Aiden Thomas
Adam Sass
Stephen King

My pronouns are she/her ❤

Christine E Webb
Genres

Contemporary, Humour/Funny, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love stories about family relationships, school relationships, humorous stories, and anything with a dog in it (but the dog can’t die!). I also love stories about mental illness and overcoming the challenges associated with it. Do you have a Jenny Lawson-eque voice, but you write YA or MG? Because the world NEEDS that book, and I’ll be all over it if you send it to me! Here’s a little about the books I love so you can see if we’re a good fit:
YA: I’m a solid fit for contemporary YA. If you think you’re the next John Green, Meg Cabot, or Jenny Han, let’s talk. I love a strong protagonist who undergoes a clear internal shift throughout the story. I also love books that make me laugh out loud. Kudos if you make me cry, but I have to laugh a little too!
MG: I teach middle school, so I know this target audience well (and might even be able to secure some beta readers for us if you are interested). Jeff Kinney rules the world here, so I love themes (and humour!) that would mirror his. I loved Lemons by Melissa Savage and anything by Suzanne Selfors. I also love books that make you think and puzzle, such as The Mysterious Benedict Society. My own MG has some speculative elements in it, so I would be open to that, but I would not be a good fit for a full-on fantasy book. There are fantastic world-building-pro mentors out there, but I’m not one of them. 
Hopefully YOUR book is the one I’m looking for!

Twitter

@cwebbwrites

Bio

I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Since my first story (about a blue bunny…film rights are shockingly still available), I have written many short stories and novels. I have a degree in Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. I’m also working on a Master’s Degree in English Education, part of which I completed at Harvard University.

I have one book currently published, and I’m represented by Emily Keyes at Fuse Literary. I have two YA books currently on submission, and my MG novel is in final revision stages. I was a WriteMentor mentor once previously, and my mentee has gone on to be agented and is a mentor this year!
When I’m not writing, some of my favorite things to do are outdoor activities such as hiking or biking. I also love hanging out with my menagerie of animals. My husband and I have three sweet dogs, an evil cat, an intelligent rat, and about twenty nameless but fabulous pigeons.
I’m looking for a mentee who is open to revisions and ready to work hard. This is a grueling process, but a mentorship competition (Pitch Wars) made me who I am today as a writer, and I’m excited to help someone else along to the next step on their journey. I’m still in contact with my previous mentee, and I hope to create a relationship where I can continue to cheer you on throughout your career. Good luck to all of you applying – I’m honored that you would trust me with your words.

Eden Endfield
Genres

Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

Character led fiction with psychological depth, coming of age or historical fiction YA, or MG mystery.

Twitter

@EdenEndfield

Bio

I have an MA (Distinction) from Bath Spa University on the Writing for Young People course, have participated in many critique groups including at City Lit and supported other published and unpublished writer friends with one to one feedback on their WIPs. I enjoy giving and receiving feedback, have been helped by mentoring in the past and would like to give back. I was a WriteMentor mentor in 2020. My first novel, a contemporary dark upper age YA love story, was inspired by my family connection to the East coast of America and longlisted for the Chicken House Children’s Novel Competition 2016. My latest novel, a family drama also set in America, is currently out on submission and was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2018 and the Mslexia Children’s Novel Award in 2019. I am represented by David Highams Associates.

Jennifer Bromham
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’m offering support for one MG writer and one YA writer. I am open to most genres, although I am probably not the best fit for crime, humour or performance novels. The main thing I’ll be looking for is the potential for a strong internal journey in which the protagonist(s) overcomes the odds to find new hope/ self-belief – a character to root for.

Read more here.

Twitter

@JennyBromham

Bio

Jen is a writer and developmental editor, specialising in YA/ MG fiction. Having also been a primary school teacher for many years, her whole career has centred around kids, creativity, teaching, learning and, of course, stories. She loves all stages of the novel writing process – from nurturing fledgling ideas (both her own and her clients’) to using craft theory to shape, polish and refine.
She currently lives in Spain with her husband, three daughters and her fluff-ball cat.

Kari Veenstra
Genres

Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Mystery, Dystopian, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love MG, especially upper middle grade, featuring characters with HEART! Think Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong or Kelly Yang’s Mia Tang. I devour action, adventure, intrigue, and mystery especially in Contemporary or Science Fiction. If your novel can be comped to anything in the Star Wars universe, I want to read it! (I’ll even fight Stuart for it – JK Haha.) I’m interested in YA if it’s in the lower end of the spectrum. Send me your 12s, 13s, 14s, and 15-year-old characters! I want to see movers and shakers, even the reluctant doubting ones. Give me teens and tweens on track to win hearts and minds, and change their worlds whether here on Earth or a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Read more here.

Twitter

@KariVeenstra_

Bio

Kari grew up climbing trees and shooting arrows in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. After graduating high school, she stuffed her belongings into one small suitcase and traveled to America for college where she developed her passion for writing. A journalism internship in Washington, D.C. led to a successful copywriting career until Kari switched to writing fiction so she could spend more time with her kids. Her debut novel The Rescuer was published Feb, 2020, through INtense Publications.

Kari is a member of SCBWI and the El Paso Writer’s League, where she serves on the board as Vice President. She is also an active member of the #WriteMentor community, participating in the popular Twitter mentorship program as a mentee in 2018 and a mentor in 2021. She specializes in writing science-fiction/fantasy for teens and tweens, offering escape into the world of fiction while still addressing tough issues like social injustice. In addition to her BA in Political Science from Calvin College, Kari has years of hands-on experience teaching the fundamentals of writing, grammar, and mechanics to students of all ages.

Kari now lives in the deserts of El Paso, Texas, where the mountains and culture remind her (surprisingly) of her childhood home. She is always on the lookout for a good tree to climb.

You can connect with Kari on Twitter @KariVeenstra_ or visit her Facebook page @kariveenstra.author

Lis Jardine
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Crime

What they’re looking for…

Ideally I’d love a Regency-set comic fantasy mystery with a romantic twist!

Twitter

@todayiseena

Bio

Lis Jardine grew up in London and the Black Country, and now lives with her family on the edge of Bristol. Her life has been shaped by a love of novels; the joy of escape into the worlds of Narnia and Avonlea sparked an enduring passion for fantasy, middle grade fiction and Golden Age crime. 

Lis studied English Literature at the University of Warwick, then worked as a library assistant, web designer and pharmacy communications officer. She currently combines her dream jobs of secondary school librarian and children’s author, after completing the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Lis was longlisted for the 2020 Penguin WriteNow programme and is rep’d by Lucy Irvine at PFD.

In her spare time, Lis likes to knit baby socks, practice Norwegian and invent interesting sandwich recipes. 

Lu Hersey
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

My dream mentee would be any MG writer with a strong ‘voice’ telling a story that grips from the start. Don’t care what genre – though I love sci fi, folklore and magical realism, frankly a story about table tennis or cooking cabbage will be fine if it’s gripping enough or makes me laugh!

Twitter

@LuWrites

Bio

An award-winning, published author, I write mostly teen and MG fiction. I teach creative writing in schools and adult classes and have an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa. This is my third year as a mentor for #WriteMentor – and although my writing is mostly myth-based magical realism or sci-f, I’m happy to mentor a writer who writes in any genre, so long as their story idea grabs me.

Marisa Noelle
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love horror, sci-fi and fantasy, and I love them mashed up too! Give me all the vampires and werewolves, the serial killers and the zombie viruses. Give me dystopian worlds and portal fiction, give me an underdog. I love dash of romance so feel happy to include that too (as long as not the central plot). I want your supernaturals, and your walking deads and your stranger things and your dark murdery books! Thrillers and suspense are fantastic. I also what an MC with heart, with an emotional core, with internal conflict. I’m also really good with the mental health stuff, so feel free to apply to me with these books within any genre. 

Twitter

@MarisaNoelle77

Bio

Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep. She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77 or her website http://www.MarisaNoelle.com

Meagan Dallner
Genres

Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

STEM stories, high tension, unique voice, strong friendships, mysteries, YA romcoms, space stories, treasure hunts and more.

Read more here.

Twitter

@PowerMeagan

Bio

Hello! I’m Meagan Dallner, and I write MG and YA contemporary novels with a heavy focus in STEM. I’m a number nerd, gear head, girl mom, cookie lover, mystery seeker and dream believer. When I’m not reading or writing, I love to spend time outdoors with my family. <3

Tasha Harrison
Genres

Humour/Funny

What they’re looking for…

I’m looking for contemporary comedy. Domestic life or action/adventure – as long as it’s funny.

Read more here.

Twitter

@TashaHarrison_

Bio

I’ve been writing novels (initially adult comedy drama, more recently YA and MG) for nearly 20 years. Along the way, I’ve gained and lost agents, received hundreds of rejections, enjoyed humble success at self-publishing, and have often come close to quitting what has felt like the writing equivalent of a marathon without a finish line. However, I’m now represented by Lauren Gardner at BLM Literary Agency and am thrilled to say my middle grade comedy, Clementine Florentine, will be (traditionally) published late 2021/early 2022.  
When I’m not writing my own books, I’m either editing other people’s or copywriting. Before having children, I worked as a sub-editor on a range of magazines from glossies to TV guides. I have an incurable weakness for puns, rhymes and alliteration – an occupational hazard which stems from my days editing the soaps pages, but thankfully comes in handy when writing funny fiction! In the last few years I’ve been shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award (2017), and longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award (2018) and the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition (2018). 
For the WriteMentor summer programme, I’m on the lookout for middle grade or YA funny fiction. 

Young Adult Mentors

Anna Britton
Genres

Contemporary, Romance, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

Anything with loads of heart! I want characters to fall in love with immediately, who have huge dreams, great friendships, and relatable problems. I lean more towards the older end of YA (so if your main character is 17/18 that’s perfect). I would love to see stories with neuro-diverse, LGBTQ+, and fat characters 🙂

Read more here.

Twitter

@BrittonBookGeek

Bio

Anna is a freelance book editor, regular pancake maker and loud laugh-er. She loves libraries, dogs and all things YA. She has been writing for 8 years, and is currently editing a contemporary/dystopian YA story ready to send out to publishers with her lovely agent, Rachel Mann. She loves chatting honestly about the joys and struggles of writing, and can’t wait to help another writer on their journey!

Anna Mainwaring
Genres

Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Paranormal, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

I’d love to read anything with a strong sense of ‘voice’ or a re-telling of an old tale. It’s all about voice, character, and worldbuilding!

Twitter

@Anna_Mainwaring

Bio

Ann Mainwaring read The Lord of the Rings when she was seven and hasn’t stopped reading since. After studying English Literature she spent a brief time as a banker before realising this was a bad choice for someone who is number dyslexic and became an English teacher. She lives in Stockport, with her family and a very dangerous goldfish.

Brianna Bourne
Genres

Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Basically, if you’ve written a contemporary YA, I want to see it! Speculative, thriller, light romcom, visceral coming of age drama, epic romance, horror, magical realism, mystery, ANYTHING. If it’s YA and doesn’t clearly fall into high fantasy or hardcore sci-fi, I’m here for it. (I love reading those genres but feel like I’m better suited to help with contemporary). #OwnVoices, LGBT+, neurodiverse writers, and BIPOC especially welcome. If there’s a strong romantic undercurrent, all the better; I’m a sucker for love! 

HOWEVER. If you are writing something like what I describe below, I probably won’t be able to resist requesting a full:

My sweet spot (and what I write) is contemporary YA with a speculative twist – stories with settings that feel like our world but with a hint of the impossible or magical. I especially love writers who use speculative elements to ask big questions about life and death. Lyrical, character-driven, focused more on emotion than external plot, that’s my jam.

Books that fall under this umbrella would be If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, One Day by David Levithan, and They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.

Read more here.

Twitter

@BriannaBourneYA

Bio

Brianna Bourne is the author of YOU & ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, a contemporary YA novel with a speculative twist available in the US on July 20th, 2021 (Scholastic). When she’s not writing, Bri works as a stage manager for ballet companies around the world. Originally from Texas, she grew up in Indonesia and Egypt, and now lives in England with her husband and their two daughters. Bri is represented by Chloe Seager at The Madeleine Milburn Agency, and was a mentee in the first WriteMentor summer program. You can find her on Twitter @BriannaBourneYA or check out her website at http://www.briannabournebooks.com.

C.H. Barron
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

High concept BIPOC stories (I’m not the best for literary fiction), anti-hero and villainous female protagonists, all the romance tropes (love triangles/quadrangles, slow burn, fake dating, hate-to-love and love-to-hate), fast-paced adventure stories, historical non-western settings, complicated family dynamics, found families, multiple POV stories, Chosen One’s sidekick as MC…and more 🙂 

Read more here.

Twitter

@byCHBarron

Bio

C.H. Barron is a Filipina author transporting readers to fantastical worlds occupied by fierce, magical characters. She received a gold star for her first book during show-and-tell, which kickstarted her addiction to storytelling (and stickers). Knowing she couldn’t live without writing everyday, she honed her skills into a career leading content marketing strategy for technology brands. 

Born in the United States, and raised in both the Philippines and Canada, she seeks to lovingly represent the diversity of her cultures and experiences in all her stories. She currently resides in Boston, where she can be found devouring books, shouting answers at the TV during Jeopardy!, experimenting in the kitchen, and eating all the delicious things. C.H. Barron is represented by Hannah VanVels of Belcastro Agency.

Cynthia Murphy
Genres

Thriller, Horror, Paranormal

What they’re looking for…

I’d love to see something fun, whip-smart and terrifying. I’m not easy to scare, if you want to take that as a personal challenge!

Twitter

@onetiredwriter

Bio

Cynthia is a YA writer from the North-West of England, though her ‘real job’ is in education.She has always enjoyed writing (this is the girl who looked forward to her English Language GCSE) and when her English teacher accused her of plagiarism in Year 8, she thought she might actually be quite good at it. Thanks, Miss Q.

She has a long-standing love affair with all things scary, reading Point Horrors at primary school before graduating to Stephen King in her misguided teens. Classic 90s and 00s horror movies are definitely her pub quiz strong point and her first love may well have been Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Studying for a degree in Art History and Archaeology meant that she developed a thirst for anything old, beautiful and very often dead. She tries to combine this with contemporary settings in her writing to make unique and chilling modern stories.

Cynthia is married to her best friend and they share (are ruled by) a Romanian rescue dog called Loli, who loves to steal socks.

Heather Powell
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

This year we’re looking to mentor anything with romance, in all sub genres—diverse narratives especially. We prefer character driven stories with new twists on old tropes, whether told in dual or single POV. Voicey, humorous main characters will always win us over, along with manuscripts that have unique hooks to them as well. Give us something fresh or new, something with so much heart we can’t get enough of it. We’re not afraid of tackling stories that run on the darker side or deal with tougher issues, just as long as it’s not the driving force of the book. We’re also huge suckers for happily ever afters and rom coms, too. Bottom line is, our tastes are very eclectic… as long as there’s kissing involved.

Read more here.

Twitter

@heatherlpowell

Bio

Heather Powell is a stay at home mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three daughters, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee. Heather currently writes YA mysteries and contemporaries, both with written with a whole lot of kissing. She is represented by Jemiscoe Chambers-Black of Andrea Brown Lit.

Co-mentoring with Jennifer Griswell.

Holly Race
Genres

Fantasy, Dystopian, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love knotty YA fantasy that has a political or issue-led edge. When it comes to world-building, I enjoy new spins on familiar magic systems or world mythologies. That can mean inventing an entirely new map, or adding a fantastical element to our own world. Diverse and morally ambiguous characters are a must – I love anti-hero(in)es!
Some of my favourite YA fantasy reads of recent years include Stepsister, Girls of Paper and Fire, Witches Steeped in Gold, the Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy, Hold Back the Tide and A Throne of Swans.

Twitter

@ecarylloh

Bio

My debut novel, YA urban fantasy Midnight’s Twins, was published by Hot Key Books during The Lockdown Summer. The second in the trilogy, A Gathering Midnight, launches later this year.
Before I became an author, I spent nearly a decade working in script development for TV and film, for companies such as Working Title, Aardman, Pathe, the BFI, Red Planet Pictures and Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios. I now freelance script edit for a select clientele of international production companies and individual scriptwriters. I also run a Screenwriting for Novelists course and teach creative writing for a variety of organisations, including Cambridge University’s ICE.
When I’m not working, I can usually be found cheerleading for UKYA, baking, and trying to stop my toddler from putting stickers on everything in sight.
I love discovering and promoting new talent, and am really excited about mentoring this year. 

Jenna Jinks
Genres

Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Dystopian, Paranormal, Time-Travel

What they’re looking for…

In general: Upper YA/NA/crossover preferred, LQBTQIA+ and marginalized voices VERY welcome :), beautiful showing backdrops, and character forward novels.

Specifics:
Genre-bending speculative fiction,
Histfic with grounded magical elements, All the romance in all the genres, 
Vamps with a new spin (sexy or scary kind),
Bridgerton but feminist AF or gay,
Outlander but YA,
Dark and twisty and goes there,
Unreliable narrators in Thrillers that keeps me guessing,
Books set in France or Scotland,
Fave tropes: one bed, forced proximity, bad boy with heart of gold (à la Rhys/Spike/Cardan)

Read more here.

Twitter

@authorjmjinks

Bio

Jenna (J.M.) Jinks is a speculative romance author, specializing in fantasy romance and historical romance.

Her debut, Mostly Innocent, an adult urban fantasy, came out in 2018. Her second series, Stars & Chains, a NA historical fantasy and Write Mentor Winner ’19 releases in 2022. She is a content editor with the small publishing house, Champagne Book Group. She also is a Marketing Intern at Sword & Silk Books. 

She lives with her husband, sons, dog, and two cats in Southern California. She is a teacher under the sunlight and a writer under the moonlight. 

https://sites.google.com/authorjmjinks.com/authorjmjinkscom/home
Twitter: @authorjmjinks
IG: @authorjmjinks

Jennifer Griswell
Genres

Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

What they’re looking for…

This year we’re looking to mentor anything with romance, in all sub genres—diverse narratives especially. We prefer character driven stories with new twists on old tropes, whether told in dual or single POV. Voicey, humorous main characters will always win us over, along with manuscripts that have unique hooks to them as well. Give us something fresh or new, something with so much heart we can’t get enough of it. We’re not afraid of tackling stories that run on the darker side or deal with tougher issues, just as long as it’s not the driving force of the book. We’re also huge suckers for happily ever afters and rom coms, too. Bottom line is, our tastes are very eclectic… as long as there’s kissing involved.

Read more here.

Twitter

@griswellj

Bio

I am a full-time writer and stay-at-home mom. I reside in Tennessee with my husband, three children, and lots of pets. I love a dash of romance and anything that will keep me up at night turning the page to see what happens next. 
I am represented by Jill Marsal at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and write YA Fantasy and thrillers.

Co-mentoring with Heather Powell.

Mato J. Steger
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal

What they’re looking for…

Marginalized creators who write fantasy, sci-fi, or anything in those realms, no matter how dark, are likely writing what I want to see. That being said, the following are absolute yes’ for me:

– queer romance 
– character driven
– tropes that have been redone or are with marginalized characters
– enemies to lovers
– high fantasy that isn’t a Tolkien rip off
– Sci-fi that doesn’t take itself to seriously
– Stories that don’t forget diversity
– Queer retellings
– Witches, magic
– Trans led stories!

Read more here.

Twitter

@jm_steger

Bio

Mato J. Steger is an openly out and proud Queer and Anishinaabe (North American Indigenous) fantasy and sci-fi writer, who can’t resist making everything he touches a romance. He is proudly represented by Hannah VanVels of BelCastro Literary Agency.

In 2020, Mato had a short story accepted and published by Cloaked Press, LLC in their “Fall into Fantasy” 2020 anthology. The story is about lies told for survival, and a trope switch on the damsel in distress.

In Summer 2017, two of his short stories were accepted into a horror anthology by the name of “Infinite Darkness” that hit bestseller on Amazon within its first week of release.

Also in 2017, He has had several articles published with The Huffington Post’s Queer Voices on sexuality and toxic masculinity.

As a young writer in 2007, his short story “I Can See Her” published in an art magazine by an indie company called “Penninless Canadian Stereotypes” as well as several poems.

In that same year, a literary flash fiction of his won a 1st place prize on DeviantArt.

He currently lives in Oklahoma with his non-binary partner, their eight ferrets (Sitka, Korra, Jon Snow, Brienne, Swiper, Chainchomp, Alaska, and Lila Bard), their broodish boy cat (Maxine Black), and their four housemates.

He enjoys cooking for their entire brood of heathens every night, works as a freelance graphic designer during the day, and graduated in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in English & Creative Writing with a 3.9 GPA and honors. He is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

His favorite things in life are fantasy, coffee, tea, and love. 

Laura Samotin
Genres

Fantasy

What they’re looking for…

As a mentor, I’d be seeking young adult fantasy. 

In the genre, I’m drawn to unique magic systems, ensemble casts, and high-stakes plots. I’m particularly interested in stories told from an unusual perspective (i.e. Prince Charming’s younger brother), and stories with diverse representation of all kinds. I’m most interested in high fantasy, but the right kind of urban/low/middle/contemporary fantasy could also intrigue me. I love mythology and stories based on myth, especially when it’s non-western myth. 

Books with snarky main characters who demonstrate grit and a will to survive against all odds are a particular favorite of mine (see: Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses, Alina in Shadow and Bone, Fie in Merciful Crow). Any manuscript with a main character that can make me both laugh and cry would be high on my priority list. 

Some of my favorite YA fantasy authors include: Sarah J. Maas, Nina Varela, Leigh Bardugo, Margaret Owen, Sabaa Tahir, Maggie Stiefvater, Roseanne Brown, Audrey Coulthurt, Madeline Miller, and Natasha Ngan.

Twitter

@LauraRSamotin

Bio

I am a young adult fantasy author currently represented by Hannah Vanvels at the Belcastro Agency. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but when COVID-19 caused my day job as a PhD student in political science to grind to a halt, I finally had the time to finish a manuscript (you’ve got to find those silver linings, right?!). We’re now on submission with that manuscript, BURY THE VIRTUOUS DEAD, a story about Liya, a priestess to the gods, who falls in love with Adara, a human sacrifice. Together they must take on the gods that rule the mortal world, or suffer a fatal curse for their disobedience. 

I love all things YA, dark, and twisty. I like my main characters morally gray, my stakes sky-high, and my tension so thick you can cut it with a knife. Send me all your fantasy that will make me laugh and cry and finally release that breath I didn’t know I was holding.

When I’m not writing, I spend my spare time being a servant to my two cats, who are frequently featured on my twitter account @LauraRSamotin. I also run a website for querying authors designed to demystify the querying process and make it more accessible by providing step-by-step instructions–you can check it out at http://www.query101.blog.

Laura Wareck
Genres

Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

I’m open to a variety of YA genres, although my sweet spot is probably mystery and thrillers. I love YA dystopian novels and historical fiction as well. Toss some dry wit and humor into a story, and I’m hooked. I’m often surprised by stories and what grabs me, so I think any of the checked genres above could be a fit. I’m probably not the best fit for fantasy. Though I enjoy reading fantasies, other mentors would be better equipped to help those writers. In terms of romance, I’m probably better suited to stories where it is a subplot rather than the main storyline. 

Read more here.

Twitter

@LauraMWareck

Bio

Laura Wareck is a young adult author, writer and communications professional who loves heart-pounding and heartfelt stories about passionate teen protagonists who keep you glued to the page. As a child, Laura enjoyed channeling her inner Harriet the Spy, and you could often find her with a notebook, recording observations and creating stories on the fly. She completed her first story – “Teasing Chuck” – about her beloved mutt Charlie at the age of seven. 

A former competitive swimmer, Laura is a graduate of Kenyon College and earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. She currently resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts with her two cocker spaniels and two black cats. When she’s not writing you can find her swimming, paddle-boarding or strolling the beach while practicing appropriate social distancing.

Laura is represented by Jemiscoe Chambers-Black of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and is on submission with her debut novel, Paper Girl.

@LauraMWareck

Website: http://www.LauraWareck.com

Louisa Reid
Genres

Contemporary, Thriller, Dystopian, Crime

What they’re looking for…

Gripping; page-turners; beautiful writing; ambitious and original.

Twitter

@louisareid

Bio

Nominated twice for the Carnegie medal, for the Branford Boase Award and short-listed for the North-East teen book award and the Bristol Book Award, Louisa Reid’s books for young adults have been widely acclaimed. Her verse novel ‘Gloves Off’ was Sunday Times book of the week and her latest novel in verse, Wrecked, is as powerfully moving and immersive as its predecessor. 

Living in the north west of England, Louisa Reid writes primarily for young adults, although her novels are widely read by adults, too. She is an English teacher and spends most of her spare time reading or writing the kind of books young people might love.

M. Dalto
Genres

Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Dystopian, Horror, Crime, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I am on the lookout for YA novels heavy in plot with the ability to make me fall in love with its characters. My favorite tropes include love triangles of all kinds, enemies to lovers, dream sequences, and prophecies. I always want villains you can’t help but be attracted to, redemption arcs or otherwise. I love novels with deep character development, a setting where I can get lost, and plot twists that make her want to throw the book across the room. Give me main characters you love to hate, but can’t help but hate to love.

Read more here.

Twitter

@MDalto421

Bio

M. Dalto is a bestselling Young Adult and New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories. Two Thousand Years, her debut novel from The Parliament House, was one of Wattpad’s 2016 Watty Award winners for excellence in digital storytelling. She has since released its two sequel novels and and three companion novellas, with its final installment arriving in November 2021.

She was recruited to participate in Wattpad Paid Stories program for serialized authors in March 2019 and has since been invited into the Wattpad Stars program. She continues to spend her time as both as a freelance editor and as a mentor, where she hopes to engage, assist, and inspire new writers through their literary journey.

Working as a full-time real estate paralegal, she leaves her evenings to pursue her own writing agenda. When she’s not typing furiously at her computer, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

Melissa Welliver
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I’m most interested in books about our world, but with a twist. Magical realism in Tudor London, far-flung futuristic societies, Science-Fiction brought to life, secret witch covens in our midst – anything that twists reality is my bag! I’m probably not your best best for contemporary or high fantasy, but my taste is eclectic and I have been known to read anything and everything.

Read more here.

Twitter

@melliver

Bio

Melissa Welliver is a speculative YA author represented by Lucy Irvine at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. Her debut novel, The Undying Tower, will be published by Agora Books in October 2021. It is the first in a YA dystopian trilogy.
Melissa has been a mentor for the last three years since WriteMentor’s inception, so this will be her fourth year with the programme. Apart from writing, she works as a freelance editor and has several testimonials on her website.
She is looking for high concept, speculative, dystopian, sci-fi and/or fantasy fiction. She specialises in YA, but will read speculative texts in any age group. 

Naomi Gibson
Genres

Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dystopian, Horror, Magical Realism, Time-Travel

What they’re looking for…

Send me your “what if” scenarios, your unique dystopias/utopias, your fast-paced thrillers, books with strong romantic subplots (not the main plot) and anything that has a strong hook and screams commercial. I want books that read like movies, books that are creepy and weird but have heart. I want books that have a gorgeous twist on the every day, like The Time Traveller’s Wife or Flowers For Algernon. Send me characters who have issues, are morally grey and unreliable, like Lola in Harrow Lake. Send me that weird book of your heart.

I love light sci-fi in the style of A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray. If your book involves space ships and intergalactic happenings, I’m probably not the mentor for you. However, I love technology, alternate universes, AI and time travel plot devices explored in a contemporary setting.

Read more here.

Twitter

@naomigwrites

Bio

Naomi Gibson was born in 1988 and grew up in Cheshire, UK. Her childhood was spent with her nose in a book and her hands on a sketchpad, constantly in search of adventure and new worlds. Encouraged by her family to be creative, she developed a love for writing at a young age – something that never left her. She studied Art History at the University of Manchester. Whilst there, she met her husband, someone who continues to tell her all about the latest advancements in AI, space, and consumer teccnology, even when she’s not listening. Every Line Of You is her first novel, and proof she does in fact listen to her husband.

Riv Begun
Genres

Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism

What they’re looking for…

I’d love to see young adult with some sort of magic. I’m all about magic systems based off of folklore we don’t see every day. I love spooky things and horror, too. I’ll take dark, but not a lot of body horror. Magical Realism has always been one of my favorite genres, and I would love to read something in that world. I’m a big fan of historical and historical fantasy. I’d love something similar to THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTENGALE, LEGENDBORN, SPINNING SILVER, or MEXICAN GOTHIC. 

Read more here.

Twitter

@begunriv

Bio

Riv Begun is a fantasy writer and a POSSE foundation alum. She’s lived in five different countries in the past decade but mostly she lives in her head, where she creates universes out of thin air and lots of research. She has a special place in her heart for family stories, magic, and history. You can find her website at rivbegun.com or follow her on Twitter at @BegunRiv

Samantha Cook
Genres

Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

I love magical and quirky adventures, with a touch of humour and plenty of darkness. Complex families, awkward protagonists, and characters that put their necks on the line for each other are all high on my wish list, alongside anything that resembles The Mummy, Charmed, Supernatural, Derek Landy, or Julie C. Dao.

Read more here.

Twitter

@SMC_Scookie

Bio

I’m a soon to be published YA fantasy author of dark and twisty adventures. My books contain a slice of magic and a questionable serving of humour, so bear that in mind before taking a bite. I’m also a freelance editor, a (new) YouTube book reviewer, and an editorial assistant for medical books at Taylor & Francis. If I’m not reading, writing, reviewing, or editing, I’m probably asleep, come back later.

Sarah Daniels
Genres

Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure

What they’re looking for…

Send me all the dystopian/near future/sci fi/paranormal/horror weirdness. I’d like to read something really unnerving (but not too gory!). 

Read more here.

Twitter

@SarahDanBooks

Bio

Sarah Daniels is a recovering academic. After more than a decade spent studying how people kept animals in the ancient world she escaped to rural Lincolnshire, where she lives with her own clan of feral beasts. 

Sarah’s YA dystopian debut will be publishes in 2022. She’s represented by Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown.

Shayna Grissom
Genres

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal

What they’re looking for…

I read widely. I’d love a good mystery, I feel like we don’t get enough of them. Horror and Gothic is my stomping ground and I’d be of most use in those areas.

Twitter

@shaynagrissom

Bio

PWN writer of A Soul Reclaimed and A Soul Fractured. Winner of the 2020 WriteHive short horror contest. Lover of giant, fluffy dogs.

Wishlist: https://shaynamightbeanauthor.blogspot.com/2021/02/2021-write-mentee-wish-list.html

K.L. Kettle
Genres

Sci-Fi/Speculative

What they’re looking for…

Original hooks, writing from the heart, ownvoices, genre twisting and high concept and/or SciFi (not fantasy as it’s not my specialty).

Twitter

@klkettle

Bio

Made in Birmingham, Kathryn now lives, works and writes in London. The opening of her debut YA novel, The Boy I am, was shortlisted for the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrator (SCBWI British Isles) Undiscovered Voices 2018. She has won competitions and been highly commended for her flash fiction, including being longlisted as part of the 2017 Bath Flash Fiction Award. Launched in Jan 2021 The Boy I am has been a consistent recommendation from Waterstones, ReadingZone, & LoveReading4Kids.

Kathryn is also the creator of the ‘Book Chain Project’ which is a video and podcast author interview series. 


NameTwitter HandleAge groupGenre(s)
Carolyn Ward@Viking_MaChapter books, MGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Emma Finlayson-Palmer@FinlaysonPalmerChapter books, MGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Priscilla Mante@priscilla_manteChapter books, MGContemporary, Historical, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
Clare Harlow@clareharlowMGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Emily Kenny@Emilie_LondonMGFantasy, Contemporary, Mystery, Dystopian, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
George Jreije@ByGeorgeJreijeMGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism
Gina Gonzales@GinaGWritesMGFantasy, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
Joan HaigjoanhaigbooksMGContemporary, Mystery, Magical Realism
Jonathan Eyers@eyersjonathanMGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Action/Adventure
Lauren EE Persons@laureneepersonsMGFantasy, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
Lisette Auton@lisette_autonMGContemporary, Mystery, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Liz Flanagan@lizziebooksMGFantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Thriller, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
Lori Keckler@LoriKecklerMGContemporary, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Natasha Holmes@TellTaleHeartMGFantasy, Contemporary, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
Philip Kavvadias@philipkavvadiasMGSci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Piu Das Gupta@PiuDasGupta1MGFantasy, Historical, Mystery, Horror, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Rachel FaturotiRachelWithAn_EMGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Ravena Guron@rkguronMGFantasy, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Rebecca Rouillard@rrouillardMGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Stacie Turner@StacieTurnerMGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Magical Realism
Zareena Nazimudeen@ReenaDeen8MGFantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Paranormal
Lu Hersey@LuWritesMG, TeenFantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Crime, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Amanda BadilloAmandabadillo25MG, YAThriller, Humour/Funny, Horror, Paranormal, Crime
Christine E Webb@cwebbwritesMG, YAContemporary, Humour/Funny, Action/Adventure
Eden Endfield@EdenEndfieldMG, YAContemporary, Historical, Thriller, Mystery, Magical Realism
Jennifer Bromham@JennyBromhamMG, YAFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Kari Veenstra@KariVeenstra_MG, YASci-Fi, Contemporary, Mystery, Dystopian, Magical Realism, Action/Adventure
Lis Jardine @todayiseenaMG, YAFantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Crime
Marisa Noelle@MarisaNoelle77MG, YAFantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Meagan Dallner@PowerMeaganMG, YASci-Fi, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Tasha Harrison@TashaHarrison_MG, YAHumour/Funny
Anna Lazowski@anna_lazowskiPicture booksHistorical, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Becky Wilson@beckywilson777Picture booksHumour/Funny
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Anna Mainwaring@Anna_MainwaringYAFantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Dystopian, Paranormal, Magical Realism
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Heather Powell@heatherlpowellYAFantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Humour/Funny, Paranormal, Magical Realism, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Holly RaceecaryllohYAFantasy, Dystopian, Action/Adventure
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