About the Faculty

YA author, K.R. (KATE) CONWAY has been a writer since 1999 when several newspaper editors lost their minds and hired her as a journalist. She is best known, however, for her Urban Fantasy series, Undertow, which reads like a mash-up of Jaws and The Goonies. Awards, nominations, and features include Barnes and Noble’s Seven Terrifying Summer Reads for Teens (2015), Teen Ink Magazine’s Best Picks, Girl’s Life Magazine Cool Winter Reads, Indie Recon Live, YALSA, Cybil, Goodreads, IRDA, and others.

Conway, who is a member of SCBWI and graphic artist for Wicked Whale Publishing, lives on Cape Cod with her equally weird family and a strange assortment of critters. She carried a BA Cum Laude Psi Chi in Forensic Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. When not writing, Conway drives a forty-foot Loser Cruiser that smells like forgotten Pony sneakers from the 80s.

She can be stalked at: www.CapeCodScribe.com



RAJANI LAROCCA was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats.

Her middle grade debut, Midsummer’s Mayhem (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books 6/11/19), is an Indian-American middle grade mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking. She is also the author of the picture books Seven Golden Rings (Lee & Low, 2020), I’ll Go and Come Back (Candlewick, 2022), Where Three Oceans Meet (Abrams, 2022), and other forthcoming books.

Learn more about her at www.RajaniLaRocca.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.




ERIN DIONNE has always wanted to be a writer since she was seven years old. “I loved books and reading so much that I thought that writing books must be even better than reading them (I was also pretty sure that authors spent a lot of time in their pajamas). So that seemed like a good deal.”

After attending Boston College, she majored in English and Communications, and went to graduate school at Emerson College to get her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. “In college, I wrote lots of terrible short stories about boring adults and their boring problems, but when I went to graduate school I discovered that my stories were much better when my characters were kids. Their problems and situations were way more interesting to me.”

She says, “It took me seven years of hard work to get my first book published, and I still work really hard on every story that I write. But my seven year old self would be happy to know that she was right: being a writer is the best job ever. And although I don’t get to work in my pajamas all the time….sometimes I do!”

Learn more about her at www.ErinDionne.com and on Instagram @erinmdionne.



By day, JIM HILL is a graphic designer working with businesses to improve their branding, online presence, and social media profile. By night, he’s a children’s writer/illustrator out to make kids laugh until milk comes out of their collective, little noses. “I have been, or currently am: a computer game artist, actor/writer/director/producer for a family theater, user interface engineer, art director, writer of inspirational stuff, marathoner, father of one, husband of one, and coffee fanatic.”

His website is Hey, Jim Hill! and he can be found on Instagram at HEY JIM HILL.

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