YA Author Directory

yahighway:

We’ve just updated our list of YA authors on Tumblr!

If you’re an author who would like to be added, send us an email at yahighway at gmail dot com. And if you spot someone we left out, send us a note or an ask or a tweet or whatever other mode of communication floats your boat.

Except for phone calls. Never phone calls. *shudder*

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated this list — if you want to be listed, let us know! And if you just want to follow some individual Highwayers, here we are:

Sumayyah Daud
Debra Driza
Sarah Enni
First Draft with Sarah Enni podcast
Kristin Halbrook
Kate Hart
Kirsten Hubbard
Stephanie Kuehn
Amy Lukavics
Kristin Otts
Kaitlin Ward

former or on hiatus members:

Kody Keplinger
Phoebe North
Veronica Roth
Michelle Schusterman

Stephanie Kuehn and the ladies of YA Highway share their stories of that YA book staple: first cars.

As a young book-devourer, the first “Muslim” YA novel I read was a Jewish one - a Judy Blume. Until that moment, I’d read books with the firm expectation that they should take me away into another world.

To be, for the first time, taken into my own world was eye-opening. There were actually other girls out there who balanced friendships at their synagogues (mosques) with friendships at school? Girls who worried about how much of their Jewish (Muslim) selves they should introduce to their “regular” friends?

I wasn’t the only one who felt like me?

From Jewish (Muslim) to Ms. Marvel: A Brief Survey of YA with Muslim Characters, by Sajidah
"There are only a few things that I can truly control, as a writer. I can write the best novel I can possibly write at this moment in time, and I can find beta readers who will help me make it even better. I can do my research so that my manuscript reaches the agents most likely to see potential in it. And everything else? Everything else is out of my control, so I won’t let it control me. And I can do my best to set the rest of my life aside when I sit down at my desk, so that I’m dealing with the words in front of me, and not everything else.
Because, really, everything is going to be ok. And there might be days when that seems impossible to believe, but all I need to do is write, one word at a time, until I believe again.” ~ Leila Austin

"There are only a few things that I can truly control, as a writer. I can write the best novel I can possibly write at this moment in time, and I can find beta readers who will help me make it even better. I can do my research so that my manuscript reaches the agents most likely to see potential in it. And everything else? Everything else is out of my control, so I won’t let it control me. And I can do my best to set the rest of my life aside when I sit down at my desk, so that I’m dealing with the words in front of me, and not everything else.

Because, really, everything is going to be ok. And there might be days when that seems impossible to believe, but all I need to do is write, one word at a time, until I believe again.” ~ Leila Austin

After I quit writing in frustration with the whole process, I was sucked back in by this book … and I knew it was time to change. So I did a really scary thing. I left my agent, and started querying all over again. — Susan Adrian and agent Kate Testerman discuss the query that led to an offer. (Spoiler: Typos aren’t the end of the world!)
Whether your life right now is characterized by rest or productivity, grief or joy, exhaustion or rejuvenation - live it well. Do not be ashamed. Every day is a blank page. Everything is art. — “The Art of Rest,” by Kristin Brianna Otts (kristin-briana)