Jina Bacarr discovered early on that she inherited the gift of gab from her large Irish family when she penned a story about a princess who ran away to Paris with her pet turtle Lulu. She was twelve. She grew up listening to their wild, outlandish fairy tales and it was those early years of storytelling that led to her love of all things royal. She adores dark chocolate truffles, vintage anything, the smell of bread baking and rainy days in museums. She’s always loved walking through history—from Pompeii to Verdun to Old Paris. The voices of the past speak to her through carriages with cracked leather seats, stiff ivory-colored crinolines and worn satin slippers. She’s always wondered what it was like to walk in those slippers when they were new. Especially glass slippers.
Sidney Bristol – It can never be said that NYT and USA Today bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, fairy tale fanatic, tattoo addict and board game enthusiast. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. She often dreamed of riding off to battle dragons alongside her knight in shining armor. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she spends her time writing, reading, hunting Pokemon, playing board games, wearing tiaras and catering to her furry overlords, aka the cats.
Allie Burton – Allie’s love of happy endings inspired her to write books that star strong heroines who can rescue themselves, but can appreciate a little help from a hero. Lost princesses, superpowers, and magical locations are part of her three different series: Lost Daughters of Atlantis, Soul Warriors, and Castle Ridge.
Sela Carsen – Once upon a time, Sela Carsen realized that what the world needed was more fairy tales. So she started writing. Whether she’s penning paranormal or sci-fi romance, every story is influenced by her nerdy obsession with fairy tales and mythology. From selkies to space-wolves, Norse to Russian to Celtic myths, and fantastic and obscure fairy tales from far flung places, you’ll find that all her tales are Witty, Wild, and Otherworldly.
Andrea R. Cooper – Andrea mixes fairytales and paranormal elements to create a new spin on an old tale. In Fairy Trouble, she puts Cinderella in modern-day times and throws in a new fairy godmother-in-training. Trouble is, Cinderella refuses to go to the ball. Andrea grew up creating characters and stories and hasn’t stopped since.
Amber Daulton – Writing is the fruit of happiness. Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen. As the author of Cinderella’s Enchanted Night, she loves fairy tales of all sorts. She also can’t get enough of contemporary, paranormal, and historical romance novels to suit her tastes. She loves feisty heroines, alpha heroes, and putting them through the ringer. Her mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter, and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down. She probably wouldn’t be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when people jabber away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.
Rebekah R. Ganiere – Rebekah has always been fascinated by the fairytales of old. Having grown up on Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson, she decided the best thing for her to do is to take her love of fairytales and mix them with her love of the paranormal and fantasy. Her bestselling, award-winning Fairelle series was born out of those two loves. From vampires and werewolves, to fae and dragons, Fairelle has mixed genres with the classics to come up with a new twist on old tales.
Michelle Helliwell – The swish of heavy skirts, guys in linen shirts, and moody weather is Michelle Helliwell’s happy place. Throw in a pinch of fairy tale inspiration, and you’ve got the mix for her fairy tale inspired historical romances. Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella form the backbone of her four part Enchanted Tales series, beginning with Not Your Average Beauty. Michelle spends her time dreaming, writing, and indulging in her lego video game obsession on Canada’s Atlantic Coast where moody weather is plentiful, but alas, guys in puffy shirts are too few. Reach out to her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (her fave) and at her website.
Marie Higgins – Marie is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She loves writing Cinderella themed stories, and so she decided to write a twisted fairy tale collection of romance stories. Keep on Believing (historical Cinderella story), Her Own Fairy Godmother (modern-day Cinderella story), and Once Enchanted are among her favorites. She’s published over 42 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her “Queen of Tease” because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.
Stacy Juba – Bestselling author Stacy Juba, the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. She is the author of the Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, which includes Fooling Around With Cinderella, about a reluctant theme park Cinderella, and the upcoming Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty. She is also the author of the mystery romantic/suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, the young adult novels Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off, and the children’s picture book The Flag Keeper. Her books have been GalleyCat bestsellers and she has had novels ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. She is also an in-demand freelance editor and teaches on-line classes for writers.
Caroline Lee – USA Today bestselling author Caroline Lee has been reading romance for so long that her fourth-grade teacher used to make her cover her books with paper jackets, but it wasn’t until she (mostly) grew up that she realized she could WRITE it too. So she did. Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After in NC with her husband, sons, and brand-new daughter, Princess Wiggles. And while she doesn’t so much “suffer” from Pittakionophobia as think all you people who enjoy touching Band-Aids and stickers are the real weirdos, she does adore rodents, and never met a wine she didn’t like. Caroline was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006 and is really quite funny in person. Promise.
Alicia Michaels – Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With seven Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card, the first book of the Sharing Spaces series, was her first contemporary romance. The mother of three and wife to an Army sergeant, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.
Melissa McClone – USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award. Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily- ever-after stories. She loves writing sweet contemporary romances featuring royalty.
Kelly McClymer – USA Today bestselling author Kelly McClymer fell in love with fairytales at first listen. The Fairy Tale Bride combines three of her favorite things — fairytales, a strong Victorian woman, and a happily-ever-after. The Once Upon a Wedding series continues the theme, with six more books. Look for The Lighthouse Keeper’s Bride next.
PJ Sharon – In addition to her day job as a massage therapist, personal trainer, and yoga instructor, PJ Sharon is an award-winning author of young adult books, including Healing Waters, which completes her YA dystopian trilogy, The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a series RT Book Reviews calls “An action-packed read with a strong female lead.” In her contemporary YA world of romance, PJ writes sweet love stories about troubled teens in Pieces of Love, Heaven is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Holt Medallion winner Savage Cinderella. Follow the Savage Cinderella Novella Series with Finding Hope and Lost Boys, where Brinn Hathaway (a kidnap survivor) uses her unique skills to take on human traffickers while negotiating the pitfalls of having more than one Prince Charming vying for her attention. Watch for the upcoming Sacred Ground and future novellas featuring Brinn and company in this suspenseful and emotionally charged series.
Roxanne Snopek – USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Snopek wrote her first fairy-tale book by accident. Cinderella’s Cowboy is the fourth in her Montana Home series, about a hard-working good-girl… who happened to be named Cynthia and have two stepsisters. After that, she had to tell the sisters’ stories, right? The Chocolate Cure and The Chocolate Comeback followed shortly after, in which these well-meaning – if spoiled and thoughtless – young women discover their best selves on the journey to true love. Roxanne’s fictional heroes (like her own real-life hero) are swoon-worthy, uber-responsible, secretly vulnerable and occasionally dough-headed, but animals love them, which makes everything okay. Roxanne writes from British Columbia, Canada, where she is surrounded by flowers, wildlife and two adoring dogs. She looks forward to visits from her three grown “princesses” and does yoga to stay sane. It works…mostly.
MJ Summers – MJ is the queen of her very own castle in Edmonton, Canada, where she rules alongside her handsome prince. Their subjects include three young children and one ridiculously goofy dog. When she’s not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off.
E.M. Tippetts – Emily Mah Tippetts writes women’s fiction, chick-lit, and YA/NA romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. A lifelong New Mexican (with several years’ long stints in the UK) she now lives in Santa Fe with her family, where she writes full time. Among her most popular titles are Someone Else’s Fairytale and its sequels, Paint Me True, and Break It Up. When she isn’t writing or chasing her small children, she sculpts polymer clay.
Nicole Zoltack – USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Zoltack has always been a hopeless romantic. Considering she married her first kiss, how can she not be? She is the author of the Once Upon a Darkened Night series, where the villains are now the heroines or heroes.