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Team

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Corinne Duyvis, senior editor and co-founder
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Corinne Duyvis is the critically acclaimed author of the YA sci-fi/fantasy novels Otherbound, which Kirkus called “a stunning debut;” On the Edge of Gone, which Publishers Weekly called “a riveting apocalyptic thriller with substantial depth;” and The Art of Saving the World, which Kirkus called “impossible to put down.” She is also the author of the original Marvel prose novel Guardians of the Galaxy: Collect Them All. Corinne hails from the Netherlands. She’s the originator of the #ownvoices hashtag.

She was diagnosed with autism at 14 and ADHD-PI at 23.


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Kayla Whaley, senior editor
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Kayla is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop with work appearing at The Toast, The Establishment, Uncanny Magazine, and in Kelly Jensen’s upcoming anthology Feminism for the Real World. She is represented by Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency. When not buying way too many books, she’s usually being overly sincere on the internet.

Kayla was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy III, a neuromuscular disease, and uses a power wheelchair.


Natasha Razi, editor
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Natasha Razi writes adult and young adult fantasy. She’s lived in four continents and more cities than she can keep count of, most recently Washington DC, where she works as an environmental analyst and freelance editor. Her special talents include memorizing song lyrics, making up cake recipes, and messing up the editor team’s naming pattern by not being named Katasha.

Natasha has a variety of chronic physical and mental conditions.


Yahong Chi, social media coordinator
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Yahong (娅泓) is a current student in Québec, Canada, studying management and writing diverse MG & YA. She enjoys watching TV, knitting and Tumblr.


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Kody Keplinger, co-founder and fairy godmother
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Kody is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several books for kids and teens, including The DUFF, which was adapted into a major motion picture in 2015, and a companion novel, Lying Out Loud. Her most recent book, Run, was released in June 2016. Kody is also a writing teacher, a guide-dog user, and a body-positive fashion lover.

She was born legally blind and, at age eight, diagnosed with a condition known as Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, which leaves her with poor light perception and tunnel vision.