2018

Elana Johnson

A speculative fiction author and USA Today bestseller under the name Elana Johnson and an inspirational adult romance author under the pen name of Liz Isaacson, her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), Elevated, the Elemental series, the Songs of Life fantasy series, the Redwood Bay romance series, and the #1 bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series. Learn more at www.elanajohnson.com.

2017

Ally Condie

Ally Condie is the author of the middle grade novel, SummerlostAtlantia, and the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. Matched was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, Crossed and Reached, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages. Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Ally loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

2016

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson is a photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerVanity FairGQ MagazineEnglish VogueLondon’s Sunday Times MagazineThe Washington Post Magazine, and Wallpaper. Laura Wilson is married and lives in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband Robert are the parents of three sons, Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson.

2015

David Farland

David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his historical novel In the Company of Angels, and many more awards for his work. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords.

Farland has written for major franchises such as Star Wars and The Mummy. He has worked in Hollywood greenlighting movies and doctoring scripts. He has been a movie producer, and he has even lived in China working as a screenwriter for a major fantasy film franchise.

2014

J. Scott Savage

J Scott Savage is the author of seventeen published novels including the Farworld series from Shadow Mountain, the Case File 13 series from Harper Collins, and the Mysteries of Cove series.

Zombie Kid, the first book in the Case File 13 series, received a starred Kirkus review. It was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Barnes & Noble select book, and an Amazon book of the month.

The first book in the Mysteries of Cove series, Fires of Invention, received a Starred Publishers Weekly review. It was recently named as a 2017-18 Young Hoosier Award nominee.  Gears of Revolution is a 2016 Cybils award nominee.

Scott has visited over 1400 elementary schools talking about reading, writing, creativity, and changing the world.