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YA Books Troop 21 - Interview

Don't miss this fabulous interview with Stacey Chomiak, Shelly X. Leonn, and Dana Swift! I also share a little bit about myself. #YAbooksTroop21 #AuthorChat #YAmemoir #LGBTQ+ #BeamingBooks #YAthriller #OwlHollowPress #YAfantasy #Delacorte #GetUnderlined #YAscifi #FireAndIceYA #TantorBooks

Stacey Chomiak is a children's book illustrator and artist in the animation industry who launched her career working on the beloved series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Chomiak loves to advocate and use her artistic talents for the LGBTQ+ Christian community. She lives with her family on the West Coast of Canada.

Shelly X. Leonn is the author of The Broken Series. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Shelly worked at her hometown newspaper as the web and youth editor. During her time advising the youth staff, Shelly realized her true calling was teaching. Her years in education have been spent in middle school and high school language arts classrooms. She is also an adjunct professor.

She and her two boys reside in Affton, and she enjoys reading, writing, outdoor activities, anime, video games, and other dorky pastimes.

Shelly is represented by Stephanie Hansen at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

Dana Swift graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband. She is the author of Cast in Firelight and Bound by Firelight. To learn more about Dana and her books visit or follow @swift_dana on Twitter and Instagram.

Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award winning author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind's Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She's part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, Kansas, and two local book clubs. She attends many writers' conferences, including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as book fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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