- Katie Lee Koz, Author -
Katie is originally from Wisconsin, USA, but has been living in Geneva, Switzerland for most of her adult life. She writes for all ages under different names: for children under the name Katie Lee Koz; for adults and teens under the name Katie Hayoz. Her young adult novel, Untethered, took second place in the Mslexia international children’s novel competition 2012-13 and is an Indie BRAG medallion winner. Her Clockwork Siren Series has been chosen to be part of the curated Library Journal’s Self-E Select module. In 2018, her unpublished chapter book, Kelsie Carter and the Evil Chihuahua Army, was included in the Europe/British Isles SCBWI Undiscovered Voices anthology. She’s written picture books and video scripts for Kyowon publishing. Her essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in various places.
- Laurie Theurer, Author -
Laurie is originally from California, but left the USA after completing university to volunteer for 2 ½ years with the US Peace Corps, assigned as an English teacher to a secondary school in Thailand. Afterwards, she relocated to the Zurich region, where she works in the pharmaceutical industry and writes for flash fiction and poetry, as well as stories for all children of all ages. She’s published several flash fiction and poetry pieces with Café Aphra, GWG Offshoots, Flash Flood, Into the Void, 100 Voices, Reflex Fiction, and Lunate Fiction. She’s also been shortlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Award and Flash 500. Her debut children’s’ book, Swisstory: The Untold, Bloody, and Absolutely True History of Switzerland was published with Bergli Books in late 2019 and won the SCBWI 2020 Crystal Kite Award for the region Europe, Africa, and Latin America.