Welcome to the Read For Pixels “Meet The Authors” section where you can learn more about the award-winning bestselling authors who who will be taking part in the 7th annual International Edition (2021) of theRead For Pixels campaign.
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Alaya Dawn Johnson
ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON is a Nebula award-winning short story writer and the author of seven novels for adults and young adults. Her most recent adult novel, Trouble the Saints, is out from Tor books. Her debut YA novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and the follow-up Love Is the Drug was awarded the Andre Norton Award. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Asimov’s, F&SF and A Phoenix First Must Burn. She lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Alaya will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EST, on March 5th, 2021 (Friday).
BRIGID KEMMERER is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.
Brigid will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EST, on March 6th, 2021 (Saturday).
ELIZABETH LIM grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was raised on a hearty diet of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth was a professional film and video game composer, and she still tends to come up with her best book ideas when writing near a piano. An alumna of Harvard College and the Juilliard School, she now lives in New York City with her husband and her daughter. Spin the Dawn (book 1 in the Blood of Stars duology) was her first original novel. Her forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively.
Elizabeth will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EDT, on March 26th, 2021 (Friday).
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Last Strand, book #19 in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, will be released March 16 2021. Jennifer is also the author of The Crown of Shards, Section 47, Gargoyle Queen, Bigtime, and other fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.
Jennifer will be doing a live discussion and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EST, on March 12th, 2021 (Friday).
JULIA QUINN is the author of eighteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, which reached #1 on the mass market paperback fiction list. She is a graduate of Harvard & Radcliffe Colleges and briefly attended Yale School of Medicine before deciding to pursue a full-time writing career. She sold her first book, Splendid, at the age of 24 and has been working with the same editor and publishing house for her entire career. Her books have been translated into 32 languages and her most popular series, The Bridgertons, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix series with the first season, The Duke and I, released on Christmas day 2021.
Julia will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 6.00pm PDT, on March 21st, 2021 (Sunday).
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. The Mercies is her first novel for adults. Her bestselling works for children include The Girl of Ink & Stars and have won numerous awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year and the Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year. They have also been shortlisted for prizes such as the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Foyles Book of the Year Award. Kiran lives by the river in Oxford, with her husband, artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cat, Luna.
Kiran will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 2.30pm UK Time, on March 7th, 2021 (Sunday).
Leigh Perry (Toni L.P. Kelner)
TONI L.P. KELNER is the author of eleven mystery novels: eight Laura Fleming mysteries and three Where are they now? mysteries. Both series are available as audio books and e-books. Kelner is also the author of numerous short stories, and co-edits bestselling urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Their most recent are Games Creatures Play and Dead But Not Forgotten. Kelner has won the Agatha Award and an RT BookClub Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer. As LEIGH PERRY, she writes the Family Skeleton series for Berkley Prime Crime.
Leigh will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EDT, on March 27th, 2021 (Saturday).
RHYS BOWEN is the New York Times and #1Kindle bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness historical mysteries as well as several internationally bestselling historical novels. A transplanted Brit, she now divides her time between California and Arizona.
Rhys will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EDT, on March 14th, 2021 (Sunday).
SJ ROZAN is the author of eighteen novels and over seventy short stories, and editor of two anthologies. She has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity; Japanese Maltese Falcon; and the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award.
SJ will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 8.30pm EDT, on March 19th, 2021 (Friday).
TASHA SURI is an award-winning author, occasional librarian and cat owner. She has won the Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) Award from the British Fantasy Society and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best First Novel. When she isn’t writing, Tasha likes to cry over TV shows, buy too many notebooks, and indulge her geeky passion for reading about South Asian history. She lives with her family in a mildly haunted house in London.
Tasha will be doing a live reading and Q&A for her Read for Pixels YouTube Session at 2.30pm UK Time, on March 21st, 2021 (Sunday).
Learn more about Tasha at. You can follow her on Twitter at @tashadrinkstea
The Pixel Project is also proud to announce that we will be holding our 5th Read For Pixels YouTube live panel session in March 2021 as part of the International Women’s Day Edition session line-up
In “Getting To The Heart Of Things: Writing about Violence Against Women, Sexism, and Misogyny in Romance in the Age of #MeToo”, acclaimed Romance authors Adriana Herrera, Bec McMaster, and Jeannie Lin will be discussing violence against women in the Romance genre and techniques for writing the genre without dehumanising female characters and falling back on tired techniques such as the rape trope.
ADRIANA HERRERA was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured in The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, OPRAH Magazine, NPR, Library Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
BEC MCMASTER is the award-winning author of the London Steampunk romance series, and paranormal romance series’: the Dark Arts, and the Burned Lands. She has been nominated for RT Reviews Best Steampunk Romance for Heart of Iron (2013), won RT Reviews Best Steampunk Romance with Of Silk And Steam (2015), and Forged By Desire was nominated for a RITA award in 2015. The series has received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, with Heart of Iron named one of their Best Romances of 2013. She’s addicted to travel, and loves setting her books in foreign places, or dark worlds.
JEANNIE LIN is a USA TODAY bestselling author who started writing her first book while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles. Her stories are inspired by a mix of historical research and wuxia adventure tales. Jeannie’s groundbreaking historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China have received multiple awards, including the Golden Heart for her debut novel, Butterfly Swords. Jeannie also writes an Opium War steampunk series, the Gunpowder Chronicles. Her historical erotica series, Princess Shanyin, is written under the pen name Liliana Lee.