Meet the Novel Novice Staff

about us

Sara (Sara |Novel Novice) – Founder/Editor-in-Chief

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Photo by May Gunsul Photography

Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University, and has been an avid reader since childhood. After helping run Novel Novice Twilight for a number of years, Sara launched Novel Novice in January 2010. In the past, she wrote about YA Books & Movie Adaptations for, and served as the Children’s & Young Adult Author Coordinator for Wordstock Festival from 2010-2012. Sara is also the author of FAME: Suzanne Collins, a biographical comic book about the author of The Hunger Games, and wrote the 4-part graphic novel adaptation of The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, all from Bluewater Productions.

Photo by Candace Robinson

Photo by Candace Robinson

For her day job (and her paycheck), Sara works with her dad at their family business, Jag Forms, as a distributor of printing and promotional products. A fun perk of the job is helping authors create bookmarks, postcards, and other cool swag! Prior to working with her dad, Sara was a producer for local morning TV news.

Sara has always loved getting lost in a good book, and is known for chronically staying up too late reading. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband Derek, who proposed in the YA section of their local bookstore and has learned to fall asleep with the bedside light on because Sara is still awake reading.


Mel (Shipload5) – Contributing Reviews & Features

Mel is a bookaholic as well as loving music. She moved to the Portland area from the Midwest a few years ago and enjoyed exploring the whole area, before moving north to Seattle, where she works at University Books.  She has been blogging at Shot in the Arm since May 2008. Young Adult is her favorite genre but she loves to read most other genres including Romance, Fiction, Sci Fi and some Historical Non-Fiction. You can find her at her blog, her twitter and on Goodreads.

Amanda (amandaleighf) – Contributing Middle Grade Reviewer

Amanda Flaker is a freelance writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She studied literature and writing at Portland State University. She has worked in the wine industry for six years, and aside from traveling and writing about adventures in the world of well-crafted vino, she prefers to loose herself in the universe of YA and children’s literature. She is often found in coffee shop nooks, reading poetry and studying Italian.

Laurie (hooviesmom) – Contributing Book Reviewer

Laurie is Sara’s mom and isn’t a “real” staff member. She just pops in to write a couple reviews when she absconds with books from her daughter’s house. Laurie has been a voracious reader for many years, and used to read books aloud to Sara back before Sara learned to read for herself.

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