Writers' League of Texas Authors

SHAILA ABDULLAH (Austin) is an award-winning Pakistani-American author and designer. She has written two books--a novel called Saffron Dreams and a collection of stories titled Beyond the Cayenne Wall that won many accolades including the Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction and the DIY Award. Sign up to download a free excerpt of her book. Abdullah also designs websites and marketing materials for authors and her design portfolio that can be seen here

STEPHANIE BARKO (Austin) is a literary publicist specializing in nonfiction & historical fiction. Her award-winning clients include authors under contract with traditional publishers, small presses, and independently published writers.

SARAH BIRD (Austin) Sarah is the author of nine novels. Her ninth hard cover, Above the East China Sea, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2014. The soft cover is being released by Penguin on April 28, 2015. Sarah has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers series; a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember list; Elle Magazine Reader’s Prize; People Magazine’s Page Turners; Library Journal’s Best Novels; and a National Magazine Silver Award for her columns in Texas Monthly.

CAROL DAWSON (Austin)  novelist and nonfiction author of The Waking Spell, Body of Knowledge, Meeting the Minotaur, The Mother-in-Law Diaries, and House of Plenty: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Luby’s Cafeterias.

KATHERINE CATMULL (Austin) Katherine is a writer and actor in Austin, TX. Her first book, Summer and Bird (Dutton Young Readers/Penguin), was named one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and was both an IndieBound New Voices Pick. Her next book with Dutton, a YA fantasy called The Radiant Road, comes out in January 2016.

CHRIS BARTON (Austin) Chris grew up about 80 miles east of Dallas, in the small town of Sulphur Springs, Texas. And it was there, at Lamar Elementary, that he wrote the first story that he remember sharing with the public: The Ozzie Bros. Meet The Monsters (you can see and read the whole thing!). It was inspired in equal parts by Star Wars (recurring dialogue: "Let's get out of here!"), the Muppets, Abbott & Costello, and the movie-monster books Chris loved to check out from the school library.

DON TATE (Austin) Don Tate is an award-winning author and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, (Lee & Low Books, 2012)(ages 4-up) marks his debut as an author.

VARIAN JOHNSON (Round Rock) Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book.

NIKKI LOFTIN (Austin) Nikki Loftin lives with her Scottish photographer husband just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by dogs, chickens, goats, and rambunctious boys. She is the author of the multiply starred-reviewed Nightingale’s Nest and The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, which Publisher’s Weekly called “mesmerizing” and Kirkus called “irresistible.” Her most recent novel is Wish Girl.

GREG LEVIN (Austin) Having spent much of his life weaving intricate tales to get out of things like gym class and jury duty, Greg Levin is no stranger to fiction. Greg’s debut novel, Notes on an Orange Burial, was published in November 2011 by Elixirist (now 48fourteen) and has sold over 11 copies to his immediate family. Greg's second book, The Exit Man, is being hailed as one of the top two novels he has ever written. (The award-winning book was recently optioned by HBO for development into a TV series!)

LAURA COTTAM SAJBEL (Austin) Laura has written and edited for magazines and publishing houses, taught college-level English courses, been affiliated with her neighborhood elementary's Young Writers' Workshop and with the Texas Book Festival. She participate in Biographers International Organization, the Writers' League of Texas, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and two private, long-standing critique groups.

KELLY LUCE (Austin) Kelly Luce grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, Electric Literature, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other magazines. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin in 2015 and lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Her debut novel, Pull Me Under, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

REGINA MORRIS (Austin) Regina is a prize winning author and an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author (in the categories of Paranormal, Vampire, Romantic Series and Romantic Comedy) for her suspenseful paranormal romances that make up the Colony series. Regina's novel, Reliant Service, came in first place in the Houston Writers Guild’s Fall 2014 paranormal story contest.

LINDSEY LANE (Austin) Lindsey graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in Theatre Arts-Playwriting and moved to Austin where she started writing plays like the award winning The Miracle of Washing Dishes. Later, she worked at the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman where she interviewed death row inmates, cops and wayward millionaires.

K.A. HOLT (Autin) Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including House Arrest, (Chronicle 2015) and Rhyme Schemer (Chronicle, 2014), an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her novel in haiku, Brains for Lunch, received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and was highlighted on the Texas Library Association’s Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011.

PJ HOOVER (Austin) After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer, P. J. Hoover started writing books for kids and teens. Her middle grade novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen/Macmillan, June 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. 

MINIA LOPEZ (Austin) Author of both Spanish and English childrens books including "Feathers in the Meadow", "When I grow up " / "Cuando sea mayor", and "Oscar's decisions" / " Las decisiones de Oscar". 

BETHANY HEGEDUS (Austin) Bethany Hegedus’ books include Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters (WestSide Books). Both novels were named to the Bank Street Books Best Books, with Between Us Baxters garnering a  star for outstanding recognition. Her debut picture book, Grandfather Gandhi, (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) co-authored with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, and illustrated by Evan Turk has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus.

LUPE RUIZ-FLORES (San Antonio) Lupe-Ruiz Flores is the author of six award-winning bilingual picture books. Two of her recent picture books Let’s Salsa and Lupita’s First Dance made the list on the Mamiverse blog. The author was also selected as one of 2014’s National Picture book Month Champions for the month of November.

MARTHA HANNAH (Austin)  “I come from a long line of characters that were long-winded and funny,” she says. Martha comes from the deep, rich heritage of a large Scotch-Irish clan that came to America in the early 1700’s and settled in Tennessee. “I was blessed with my grandmother, Mama Roxie, who had a grand sense of the lyrical and dramatic telling of an event. She was a natural comedienne. My father always had a delicious compulsion to tease and tell jokes. His mother, Nanny, early on introduced me to a fascination with ghost stories and a belief in the unseen.”

DEB WINEGARTEN (Austin) A third-generation Texan, Debra's prowess as a poet began early when her poem, "God is Everywhere," appeared in the monthly edition of Dallas' Temple Emanu-El newsletter. This was actually the instance of her first recorded publication, and at the time the third-grader was pretty sure based on this early success that she would grow up to be an award-winning author. Her writing career was sidetracked a bit when she attended her big brother's band concert where the first chair flute player won the most medals.

THE AUTHOR'S ASSISTANT (Austin) offers services for writers and publishers including research, editing, indexing, critique, publicity, and marketing. MINDY REED is editor.

EYE FOR INK EDITORIAL SERVICES (Austin) provides editing, proofreading, and writing services nationwide for books, magazines, business communications, and any other text-based document. We pride ourselves on having an ear for language and an eye for details that can help perfect virtually any written communication.

JOY PREBLE (Woodlands)  is an award-winning young adult author, known for her Dreaming Anastasia series (Sourcebooks) and the Sweet Dead Life series (Soho Press). 

EVELYN PALFREY (Austin) is a long-time WLT member and current Board member, writes romantic suspense for the 'marvelously mature'. She self-published 3 novels which were later bought by Simon & Schuster and re-released.

CYNTHIA LEITICH SMITH
's (Austin) website is a great place to find lists, info and websites for children's and young adult authors in Texas (including many in Austin).