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Pre-Recorded Team Tropes: YA Fantasy Edition

3 Teams, YA Tropes, No Hold Barred Debate! Authors will battle it out for their favorite YA fantasy tropes. YA fantasy authors Swati Teerdhala (THE ARCHER AT DAWN), Kat Cho (WICKED FOX), Roseanne A. Brown (A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN), Katy Rose Pool (THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS), Janella Angeles (WHERE DREAMS DESCEND), and Christine Lynn Herman (THE DECK OF OMENS) will team up based on their favorite tropes and defend them against their opponents! It’s a no-holds-barred battle…and may the odds be ever in their favor!

WHEN: 01:00PM EST on Friday, 1 May 2020


Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.

Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt. Kat is the author of Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits (Putnam/Penguin)

You can find her online at: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Write or Die Podcast | KatChoWrites.com

Katy Rose Pool is a writer living in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, where her screenwriter father taught her about three act structure, characterization, and inciting incidents all before she could tie her shoes. Katy studied history and English at UC Berkeley. She enjoys breakfast sandwiches, fancy cocktails, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and books that set her on fire.

Roseanne “Rosie” A. Brown was born in Kumasi, Ghana and immigrated to the wild jungles of central Maryland as a child. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and was also a teaching assistant for the school’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her journalistic work has been featured by Voice of America among other outlets.

Janella Angeles is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of fanfiction at a young age–which eventually led to penning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. WHERE DREAMS DESCEND is her debut novel.

Christine Lynn Herman writes books about magic, monsters, and growing up. She is the author of YA novels THE DEVOURING GRAY and THE DECK OF OMENS, as well as the forthcoming THE DROWNING SUMMER (LBYR, 2021).

If you want updates on her next book (or pictures of her cat), you can find her on Twitter and Instagram @christineexists or at christinelynnherman.com.