Meet the Novel Novice Staff

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Sara (novelnov) created and launched Novel Novice in January 2010, after helping run Novel Novice Twilight (the site is now retired) for several years prior.

An avid reader since childhood, Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University. She is currently an Associate Board member for SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), an early childhood literacy program in Oregon.

Sara previously 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 RobinsonFor 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 the Portland, Oregon area 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.


autumnAutumn (paperrdolls) has been reviewing books for over five years now, both on her own blog and other websites. She & Sara became friends over a mutual love of books and brightly colored hair. She likes books that make her cry, because it makes her feel like she has a soul. She lives in the Portland, Oregon area with her family. She argues with her “work dog” about boys in books. Besides reading, she loves crocheting, cocktails, and food. She twice “married” author Pierce Brown. You can follow her on Twitter at @paperrdolls and Instagram @paperrdolls.

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