Courtney Pippin-Mathur

My toddler’s favorite writer! Author/Illustrator of the award winning Maya was Grumpy, a gorgeously illustrated picture book that I literally must have read well over 100 times. Her artwork is scrumptious, colorful and fun!

Patricia Piccinini

This is one of my favorite artists and is the inspiration for a collection of short stories directly based on her work.

Gustavo Lacerda

His photographic series of albinos is stunningly beautiful and one of his portraits is the visual inspiration of my protagonist from Crimson when she’s young.

Diversity in YA

 Awesome site with info on YA with diverse characters (both ethnically and in orientation), book lists, and author interviews.

Melinda Lo’s Guide to LGBT YA

Melinda Lo (author of Ash, Huntress, Adaptation, and Inheritance) discusses statistics of LGBT representation in YA, issues, book lists, writing advice, and author interviews.