Sara spent several years working in the TV news business in Portland, Oregon before joining the family business at Jag Forms, as a distributor of printing and promotional products. A perk of the job is helping authors create bookmarks, postcards, and other cool swag!
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. She also writes the Hunger Games Examiner and Beautiful Creatures Examiner columns for Examiner.com, 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, released in 2012 by Bluewater Productions.
Sara has always loved getting lost in a good book, and is known for chronically staying up too late reading. She lives in Portland with her soon-to-be-husband Derek, who proposed in the YA section of their local bookstore.
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.
Mel (Shipload5) – Contributing Reviews & Features
Mel is a bookaholic as well as loving music. She moved to the Portland area from the Midwest two years ago and has been enjoying exploring the whole area as well as Seattle. She works at Powell’s Books as an early morning shelver and attends almost every Young Adult author event. 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.
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.
Christie loved reading and writing as a child, but when high school came along, a love for computer programming led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. It seemed the only books she read anymore were those involving databases and programming languages.
It wasn’t until 2004 that Christie, now a stay at home mom, started reading fiction again thanks to Harry Potter, but it was when she picked up Twilight in 2008 that reading really came back to life for her. Novel Novice Twilight introduced Christie to fan fiction, and she hasn’t looked back since. She joined Project Team Beta in 2009 to help other Twilight fan fiction writers edit and improve their stories. Also in 2009, Christie joined the staff of Novel Novice Twilight with a focus on the fan fiction challenges.
Christie lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. In between taking care of her family, reading, and writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and needlework, as well as decorating the occasional cake or carving the occasional pumpkin.