Talking fantastic queer urban fantasies with Ashia Monet, Terry J. Benton-Walker, Aislinn Brophy, Jessica Lewis, and Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Moderated by Jesse (jesseonyoutube).
Ashia Monet (she/her)
Ashia Monet is a novelist and essayist from Pennsylvania. As a lifelong fan of myth and poetry (especially Sappho), her fantasy novels explore various forms of magic and monsters. Online, she's @ashiamonet on Twitter and @ashiawrites on Instagram and Tiktok. Her website is ashiamonet.com.
Maggie Tokuda-Hall (she/her)
Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF. She is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut young adult novel, which was an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Book Page Best Book of 2020. Its sequel, The Siren, The Song and The Spy comes out September 2023. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her newest picture book, Love in the Library, has been named a Best Picture Book of 2022 by Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, children, and objectively perfect dog.
Terry J. Benton-Walker (he/him)
Terry J. Benton-Walker is the national bestselling author of Blood Debts, his magical young adult contemporary fantasy debut, which is out now from Tor Teen in the US and Hodderscape in the UK. Alex Wise vs the End of the World, Terry’s apocalyptic middle grade contemporary fantasy debut, is also coming from Labyrinth Road and Random House Children’s on September 26. Terry is editing and contributing to The White Guy Dies First, a young adult horror anthology featuring thirteen subversive stories by authors of color that will be releasing Summer 2024 with Tor Teen. Terry grew up in rural GA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master's in Business Administration from Georgia State. He lives in Atlanta with his husband and son. When he’s not writing, he can be found gaming, eating ice cream, or both.
Jessica Lewis (she/her)
Jessica Lewis has a degree in English Literature and Animal Science (the veterinarian plan did not work out). She began her publishing career in horror (Bad Witch Burning, a Bram Stoker Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, and Monstrous) and also writes middle grade contemporaries under the pseudonym Jazz Taylor (Meow or Never and Starting From Scratch). She has a forthcoming rom-com in 2024 (Nav’s Foolproof Guide to Falling in Love). Jessica is from Alabama, where she works as a receptionist and lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother. You can learn more at authorjessicalewis.com.
Aislinn Brophy (they/she)
Aislinn Brophy is an actor, writer, and arts administrator based in the Atlanta area. They have a degree in Theater, Dance & Media from Harvard University, and have spent several years working as a theater actor. Their debut YA novel, How to Succeed in Witchcraft, was published September 2022.