Hey, I’m Nova! I’m the author of the CALCULATED series including, Calculated, Simulated Activated and upcoming Liberated, (spring 2023) with Wise Wolf Books. You can order it on my website, Amazon, or any bookstore.

Calculated is currently in development to become a major motion picture. Emmy-Award winning screenwriter, Ann Peacock, best known for The Chronicles of Narnia, will adapt the novel for the screen in partnership with One Door Studios, who owns the rights and options to all of the books.   I’m represented by Amy Jameson at A + B Works Literary.

I’m a Seattle native, who has lived nearly half her life in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. When I’m not writing, I thrive on complex plots, deep conversation, ends of the earth adventures, and spending time with my family and friends. I created The Spinning Pen to be a place where authors & book lovers could gather to find community, share writing tips, book reviews, interviews, & more!

*Calculated Awards: Washington State Library Best Young Adult Finalist 2022; Independent Press Award winner of Best Young Adult 2022; International Thriller Awards Finalist for Best Young Adult 2022; Independent Press Awards, Distinguished Favorite of New Fiction 2022

  • I was also a PitchWars 2020 Mentor & 2016 mentee.

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!



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. My debut novel, ENHANCED, will be coming out with Enclave Publishing March of 2023, but is available for pre-order now! Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or on my website!


Hi! I’m Ellen, an author and freelance editor based 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 in the world’s largest metropolis.

As an editor, my passion is to make your story shine with professional-level editing AND a helpful dose of author encouragement. I have a Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing and a decade of experience in fiction writing, editing, and journalism. My debut novel, THE WATER CHILD, released 2021. Connect with me on Instagram or on my website for editorial services!



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.



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).


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.




(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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