Hey, I’m Nova. I created The Spinning Pen to be a place where authors & book lovers could gather to find community, share writing tips, book reviews, interviews, and more!

I write YA–action, contemporary, and fantasy. My debut, CALCULATED, will release February 11th, 2021 with Wise Wolf Books as their LEAD title. You can pre-order it on my website or on Amazon.

I’m represented by Amy Jameson at A + B Works Literary. Calculated’s film option/adaption is represented by One Door Studios.

I’m a PitchWars 2020 Mentor & 2016 mentee. It changed my writing life forever.

If you’re an author & want to be interviewed or a reader and want to review a book contact me: at: thespinningpen@gmail.com or on www.novamcbee.com Follow & chat with me on Instagram or twitter!

Co-host Candace Mieding


Hi! I’m Candace, a recovering over-achiever spending my free time dreaming up stories that typically involve tech, psychology, culture and/or swords. I’m a certified Krav Maga instructor and love writing action-packed martial art scenes in each book. I’m also a third culture kid mix of Chinese + American, and consider Chengdu and Austin to be my home. Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or on my website!

Co-host Ellen McGinty

Ellen McGInty

Hi, I’m Ellen, a Texas-born writer living in Japan. I’ve always loved books and dreamed of either writing stories or living them like Indiana Jones. And I imagine that I’ve found a magical mixture of both as a working mom raising three boys in the world’s largest metropolis.

I’m a long-time member of SCBWI, was selected for PitchSlam and Pitch2Publication, and volunteer as an editor for TEENSPublish, a program to teach and inspire teen authors. I currently write YA contemporary and fantasy. I’m represented by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Literary Agency. You can find out more about me and my books at www.ellenmcginty.wordpress.com

 When I’m not working you’ll often find me exploring off-the-beaten-path Japan or reading old books with a cup of tea. You can find me on Instagram / Twitter. 

Contributor Caleb Robinson

127280280_10224775036351909_617068607566682389_o Hey I’m Caleb and I’m a contributor for the Spinning Pen! I also run a Instagram account for writers which you can follow here.

Partner & BFF Dana Black


Hey! I’m Dana Black, and I’m in love with Story. After a turn as an angsty teen poet, I slowly settled into the realm of writing novels for those awesome teens instead. I love mixing the conventional with the fantastic, and my projects range from princesses with illegal magic to teens in a government leadership training academy on a mysterious island to time-traveling siblings on a mission to save history from an evil organization. You can find me on social media (Twitter, Instagram).

Contributor Katie Wong

stairscrcorrectHi, I’m Katie Wong. I’ve been jotting down stories since I was sixteen and read a badly-written book that made me realize: I can do this! I started writing fan-fiction to hone my skills, and I still enjoy reading novel-length fanfic. During university I worked at a publishing house (just in operations). But it gave me an even better idea of what I enjoy doing in the publishing world. I write YA sci-fi and fantasy genres. Feel free to contact me on my tumblr.

 When I’m not working you’ll often find me exploring off-the-beaten-path Japan or reading old books with a cup of tea. You can find me on Instagram / Twitter. 

Contributor Abigail O’Bryan


(ON HIATUS) My name is Abigail and fairy tales are my jam. My notebook is filled with descriptions of the world, snippets of poetry, and dramatized scenes of the mundane aspects of my life (cue the lovely paragraph on my morning coffee ritual). Outside of my writing, I love throwing tea parties, mentoring, swing dancing, and spending time with my marvelous family. And music. I adore music. You can find me on social media (Twitter, Instagram).


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