Natasha Farrant

“I am turning cartwheels with excitement at being nominated for this award, especially knowing that the nomination comes from the most important people of all: the readers. That and the quality of the shortlist make it a very special honour.”


Natasha Farrant has worked in children's publishing for almost twenty years, running her own literary scouting agency for the past ten. She is the author of the Carnegie long-listed and Branford Boase shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love, and the two books in The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series After Iris and Flora in Love. She has also written two successful adult novels. She grew up in London where she still lives with her husband, their two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat. She is the eldest of four siblings and has never dyed her hair pink.

Cathy Cassidy

“Wow... thank you!!! I'm thrilled to bits to be nominated again for the awesome Queen of Teen award! It's fab to be on such a cool shortlist... and hey, does this mean more pink cupcakes? ;o)”


Cathy Cassidy wrote her first picture book for her little brother when she was eight or nine and has been writing fabulous stories ever since. Her books have sold over one million copies in the UK alone. She is the bestselling author of Dizzy, Driftwood, Indigo Blue, Scarlett, Sundae Girl, Lucky Star, Gingersnaps and Angel Cake.  Cathy went to Art College in Liverpool then got a job as fiction editor on Jackie magazine. She taught art in a Coventry secondary school for a few years before moving to Scotland with her husband to start a family. She continued to be an art teacher in the wilds of west Scotland for several years until she became a full-time writer. Cathy and her husband Liam have two grown up children and a whole bunch of unruly animals, and now live on the Wirral.

John Green


John Green is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.

With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world with over 405 million total views. You can join John's 2.1 million followers on twitter (@realjohngreen) and tumblr ( or visit him online at John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sue Ransom

“I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the Queen of Teen for a second time. As the nominations all come from you - the readers - it makes it even more relevant - I can't thank you enough for taking the time to suggest me. And I do hope that my campaign strategy of cute animal pictures wasn't the only reason that you all voted! I look forward to talking to lots of you over the next few months while voting for the winner hots up. Girls, we need to beat those boys to the crown!”


Sue Ransom, the author of Small Blue Thing, Perfectly Reflected, and Scattering Like Light, is a senior headhunter, but on the way to work and in the evenings she’s a writer: she wrote Small Blue Thing, her debut novel, as a birthday present for her daughter, and she composed it mostly on her BlackBerry. Serendipity led her to Nosy Crow, and she’s now busy thinking up her next project. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Surrey.

James Dawson


For eight years, James Dawson was a teacher specialising in Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). As well as being a sexpert, his debut, best-selling YA novel HOLLOW PIKE was nominated for the prestigious Queen of Teen prize and was followed with the publication of YA thriller CRUEL SUMMER. James's first non-fiction title BEING A BOY, the ultimate guide to puberty, sex and relationships for young men, was published in Autumn 2013. James is also a Stonewall Schools Role Model, and when he's not writing books to scare teenagers in a variety of ways, James can usually be found listening to pop music and watching DOCTOR WHO and horror movies. He lives and writes in London. Follow James at or on Twitter: @_jamesdawson.

Beth Reekles

"I'm so excited to be on the shortlist for Queen of Teen 2014 - it's thrilling to be up for the same award as some of my own favourite authors! And I'm very grateful to my fans, who nominated me for this in the first place."


Beth Reekles is eighteen-years-old and is currently studying Physics at Exeter University. She is originally from South Wales. Beth has been writing on platforms such as Wattpad, to great acclaim, for three years and The Kissing Booth was the most-viewed, most-commented-on teen fiction title on the site, with 19 million reads and 40,000 comments. The Kissing Booth was the winner of the Most Popular Teen Fiction Watty Award.

Holly Smale

"This is one of the most special awards an author of YA can be up for, because it is chosen entirely by you: the readers. I'm so honoured to be considered and in the mix with nine of the best teen authors writing today, and really excited to see who gets the crown next. I've got a royal dress ready, just in case, and have been practicing waving regally out of my bedroom window at passers-by. Fingers very much crossed!"


Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, Model Misfit and Picture Perfect. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn't afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer. Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award.

Veronica Roth


Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy. Veronica was born in 1988 and was brought up in Barrington, Illinois. She wrote the first book in the Divergent trilogy, Divergent, while on winter break in her senior year at Northwestern University. Her career took off rapidly with the success of her first novel, with the movie rights sold before she graduated college. The international blockbuster movie adaptation of Divergent by Summit Films, home of Twilight franchise, was released in April this year. All three books (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant) have been consistently in the bestseller charts in the UK this spring, since the pre-release buzz around the film began to build. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago.

Tonya Hurley


New York Times bestselling ghostgirl author, Tonya Hurley, has credits spanning all platforms of teen entertainment including: creating, writing and producing two hit TV series, writing and directing several acclaimed independent films, developing a ground-breaking collection of video games and board games and creating and providing content for award-winning websites. Ms. Hurley lives in New York with her husband and daughter. Her website is

Cassandra Clare

"I can't believe I've been selected with such an amazing group of authors, some of which I'm able to call my friends already! May the best woman (or man) win!"


Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father's backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. Her favourites included the work of the Bronte sisters and Tolkien, as well as the Chronicles of Narnia, Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles and Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called The Beautiful Cassandra based on the eponymous Jane Austen short story (and from which she later took her current pen name). After college, at which she majored in literature, Cassandra lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina's world travels and Britney Spears' wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her first novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again. Cassandra's first piece of professional writing, a short story called 'The Girl's Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord', appeared in an anthology of humour fantasy. She hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. Cassandra likes to work in the company of her friends who see that she sticks to her deadlines. She loves writing humour and fantasy and hopes to try her hand at horror and science fiction some day.

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