EventsYANovCon Author Panel: What's It Like to Be a YA Novelist?

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YANovCon Author Panel: What's It Like to Be a YA Novelist?

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Join us in live, virtual discussions with amazing award-winning, notable, and new authors Patrick Flores-Scott, Gretchen McNeil, and Katy Rose Pool to find out what it’s like to be a Young Adult novelist.

A lot is different this year including the dates for YANovCon! Our 6th annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (#YANovCon) includes three panels on Saturday, March 20, 2021, and a Short Story Contest for teens. What's the same? #YANovCon is still your exclusive connection to some of today's top young adult authors. 


Learn More about the Panelists

Patrick Flores-Scott
 was a long-time public school teacher in Seattle, Washington. He’s now a reading tutor and early morning writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Patrick’s first novel, Jumped in, was named to the 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, a Walden Award finalist, a Washington Book Award winner, an NCSS/CBC Notable Book for the Social Studies, and a Bank Street College Best Books of 2014. His second novel, American Road Trip, ​received multiple starred reviews and is a 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a TAYSHAS Texas reading list selection.

Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels Possess, 3:59, Relic, Get Even, Get Dirty, and Ten (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I'm Not your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelves in 2016, and then she returned to her horror-comedy roots with #MurderTrending (Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2018, ILA 2019 Young Adults’ Choices Reading list, YALSA’s 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and was voted the #1 choice on YALSA’s 2019 Teens’ Top Ten list) and the sequel #MurderFunding for Disney/Freeform. The series will continue in 2020 with the companion novel #NoEscape.

Gretchen’s novels have been published internationally in Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, French, Thai, and Czech. Ten: Murder Island, the film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning), Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Callan McAuliffe (The Walking Dead, Flipped, I am Number Four), premiered on Lifetime in 2017. Get Even and Get Dirty have been adapted as the series Get Even for BBC/Netflix, premiering in 2020.

Katy Rose Pool
was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Katy spent a few years building websites by day and dreaming up prophecies by night. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she can be found eating breakfast sandwiches, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and reading books that set her on fire. Katie is the author of The Age Of Darkness Trilogy, which starts off with There Will Come A Darkness.

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Teens (12-18 years old)
06th graders
07th graders
08th graders
09th graders
10th graders
11th graders
12th graders
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