About

~Meet The Spinning Pen Writers and Contributors~

NOVA MCBEE

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Hey, I’m Nova.

Writing is one of my great loves because I can do it anywhere in the world. Others know me as an idealistic vagabond who has lived in seven countries, & journeyed to countless. I presently live in China with my amazingly talented husband and two cute kiddos.

I mainly write YA. I love stories. They change us. They make us brave.

I’m a huge PitchWars advocate–I was a 2016 mentee and it changed my writing life forever.

Apart from my pen, you’ll find me hanging with family, reading books, chattering away in different languages, consuming coffee and tea in various cultural forms, playing in water, and enjoying people from everywhere.

Are you a reader or writer? I’d love to hear from you. I cover book reviews and Author Interviews so if you want to be interviewed or share a book review contact me: at: thespinningpen@gmail.com or visit me on my website or chat with me on twitter! 

CANDACE ROBINSON

View More: http://angielphotography.pass.us/candacerobinson-feb2016Can dance, Kansas, canned ice, can do, can can, China… these seemingly unrelated words have one common theme. They’re my name.

Let me clarify—I respond to them. My name is Candace and in case you happen to have a plethora of Candace’s in your life, you would distinguish me as the one from China or the one who always seems to find her way into some sort of crazy adventure or ridiculous predicament.

Pulling a Candace is a phrase used by people who’ve just met me and can mean anything from locking your keys in your car, to training in martial arts for five days at a time, to leaving the country at a moment’s notice.

Let me introduce myself. I’m Candace.

The Spinning Pen is where I share some of my thoughts and snippets on writing and marketing. I’d love to hear from you via thespinningpen@gmail.com. Just don’t ask if I can actually dance… you’ll have to find that one out in person.

Let’s connect on LinkedIn or Twitter!

KATIE WONG

stairscrcorrectI’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. I was convinced by a teacher to work for my high school newspaper and discovered I disliked journalism, but loved editing! 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 am currently working on several stories set in the Young Adult sci-fi and fantasy genres.

I graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Asian Studies and English. I previously lived in China, but I’m back Stateside for now. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy baking for friends, eating local food (wherever I happen to be), painting, singing at KTV, and watching Japanese anime.

Feel free to contact me at: thespinningpen@gmail.com or on my tumblr.

DANA BLACK

img_5726-version-2Hey! I’m Dana, and I’m in love with Story. Why does that sound like a confession? It’s not—it’s a proud declaration.

This love story began as a child of around four, when I first set foot in Narnia alongside my dad and older brother. I haven’t looked back since.

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.

When I’m not penning stories, you might find me exploring the wonderland of my Pacific Northwest home, taking pictures, dreaming of returning to Europe, and baking for my friends and family. And I always still check the insides of wardrobes, just in case.

You can find me on social media (Twitter, Instagram).

ABIGAIL O’BRYAN

CrulrNxPCrK4iBSfR-Gh8WnOIUBhDfeHFTjWyw3vnvEMy name is Abigail and fairy tales are my jam. I love picking out the holes in the plots and characters and those explorations/answers turn into my stories, which sometimes stray far from the original tale…But my writing isn’t confined to fairy tales. 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).

 CONTRIBUTORS & BOOK REVIEWERS

DSC_0750My name’s Noah and I live in the beautiful state of Washington. Seriously, I could never get tired of all the green (to be fair, it is my favorite color). I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember and I’ve loved to write for nearly just as long. If I’m not reading or writing, you’ll find me singing, dancing, running, hanging out with friends or watching my younger siblings. If I’m not doing any of those, I’m probably sleeping.

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Caleb Robinson. MG & YA writer….”At a deeply secretive college in an unknown location between a floating mountain and a cloud city, I study the shadowy and dark arts of… Chemistry. Well, at least I do until my writing decides to turn itself into a full-time job that actually pays (opposed to just being my full-time hobby that doesn’t). Until that time, I am content studying tiny things we can’t see (chemistry), playing basketball, reading (shocking), being an RA, and just hanging out with other humans or other creatures. I have been writing stories since the day I learned to form sentences with crayons.”

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Wesley O’Bryan loves to write. He’d lived for many years happily unaware of this fact, but then one afternoon he discovered to his horror that he was over three hundred pages into a novel. To this day he swears that what he feels is indeed love and not Stockholm syndrome.

He lives next to the scenic mountains and stinking Salt Lake of Utah in the eponymous city thereof where he is known by sight if not by name at many a coffee shop. He indulgently posts his writing at www.writtenplaces.com

 

Snyder SarahSarah Kovin was born and raised in the beautiful nation of Papua New Guinea. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 for university, and spent five years in Washington, DC at The National Bureau of Asian Research after completing a masters degree in International Design and Communication Management at Warwick University, UK. Sarah is the author and illustrator. She is currently working on a couple of young adult novels, as well as a coloring book for adults. Learn more about Sarah’s work on her here.

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