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Top 10 Haute Young Authors

Tables of Content begins with a cocktail reception featuring the Top 10 Haute Young Authors. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and all of the authors will be signing books.

Sean Griffin

Free and Easy

Sean Griffin is a Professor of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of "Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out" (1999). He is the editor of "Hetero: Queering Representations of Straightness" (2009) and "What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s" (2011). With Harry M. Benshoff, he co-edited "Queer Cinema: The Film Reader" (2005) and co-authored "America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies" (2009) and "Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America" (2006). He has published numerous articles on the musical genre, and can be followed on Twitter @SingingFilmProf

Carter Hopkins

The Scorpion Code

My name is Carter Hopkins. I spend my days working as an attorney for a cyber-security company and my nights helping take care of two kids under three. I’m a native north Texan and alumnus of Rockwall High School, The University of Texas and Southern Methodist University. I live in Dallas with my wife Amie and our two great kids.

One afternoon, I was standing in the exact place where Michael Riley sees the murder and I imagined the scene that would later become the catalyst event of The Lincoln Prophecy. Drawing from my experiences in the high-tech industry, the plot began to build. Three years and countless cups of coffee later, The Lincoln Prophecy came to life. I have just finished my second novel, entitled The Scorpion Code. I’ve developed sequels for both The Lincoln Prophecy and The Scorpion Code but have not quite decided which one I’ll write next.

When I’m not writing, changing diapers, or working on my house, I can usually be found in my garage making furniture or up in my spare bedroom playing drums.

Jeramey Kraatz

Space Runners

Jeramey Kraatz is the author of The Cloak Society series and Space Runners series, both from HarperCollins. His prose has been featured in places like Salon, Gizmodo, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Jeramey is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the MFA writing program at Columbia University. He lives in Texas, where he writes scripts for the animation industry and sometimes teaches.

Samantha Mabry

All the Wind in the World

Born and raised in Dallas, Samantha Mabry graduated from Richardson High School, where she studied to be a painter, and then from Southern Methodist University and Boston College with degrees in English Literature. She taught at SMU for five years before moving to El Centro College, where she currently teaches classes in English Composition and Mexican American and Latino Literature. She is the author of the young adult novels, A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World, the latter of which was nominated last year for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. 

Melissa Macatee

Steeples of Texas

Melissa Macatee has spent the last 15 years photographing sports, portraits and events across the country while also working as a photojournalist for The Park Cities News.  Her work has appeared in numerous books, newspapers and magazines. A mother to three, she and her husband George are both natives of Dallas and life long residents.

Melissa's debut book, Steeples of Texas, invites the reader along on her journey through the dusty back roads and crowded interstates of the great state of Texas exploring the unique steeples that sit atop over one hundred of Texas' historical churches. Compelling narratives are woven within the photographs that fill each page, bringing to life the rich history of each church and sharing the story of centuries of Texans.

Julie Murphy


Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is the author of Side Effects May Vary, Ramona Blue, and Dumplin’, which is soon to be a major motion picture. Puddin', the companion to Dumplin', will publish on May 8th, 2018. You can visit Julie at

Kayla Olson

The Sandcastle Empire

Kayla Olson was raised in a small town in Texas where an infinite sea of stars still fills the night sky. Before Kayla was an author, she spent her time making both music and lattes—now, she spends her days with her family surrounded by a thousand ideas waiting to be written, black coffee in beautiful mugs, a friendly pair of cats, and her faithful and forgiving succulents. Her first novel is The Sandcastle Empire, and her next book, This Splintered Silence, will be out in November 2018; find her on Instagram (@authorkaylaolson), Twitter (@olsonkayla), or her website (

Robin Roe

A List of Cages

Robin Roe has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens. Robin’s debut novel, A LIST OF CAGES was named one of the Best YA Books of 2017 by EpicReads, Goodreads, BookPage, Powell’s Books, Chapters Indigo, The Texas Library Association, News & Observer, and Buzzfeed, and it’s a Kirkus Reviews Favorite Debut. Robin has been selected to be a featured author of 2017-2018 by the Texas Library Association. For more information on Robin, please read this feature article in the Dallas Morning News:

Brianna Ruelas

Performing Artist Pathway

Richardson native and Author, Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach and Artist Mentor, Brianna Ruelas has a passion for music and understands talent. As a singer and performer for twenty- five years, Brianna has studied internationally and performed all genres, from jazz to rock to pop, received a BA in theatre arts from Pepperdine University, and spent years honing her musical theatre chops. While pursuing music in Los Angeles, she also worked as a commercial voiceover actor. Brianna has fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in its early days, as a Top 100 finalist on American Idol, Season 4. Brianna’s book, Performing Artist Pathway speaks to the emotional journey, highs and lows, performing artists experience as they pursue success in music and life. As a Vocal Coach and Artist Mentor, Brianna works with clients locally and nationally via SKYPE. Brianna is a proud Wife and Mother to three girls, Creator of Every Mom’s Story Blog and works alongside her husband, to keep their Dallas family restaurant, Victor Hugo’s thriving. Brianna is currently booking workshops, speaking engagements, and is available for coaching and mentoring via Skype. Follow Brianna on social media @briannaruelasmusic or contact her at

Lori Ann Stephens

Pierre Francois: 5th Grade Adventures

Lori Ann Stephens is the author of Song of the Orange Moons and two children’s books: Young Adult novel Some Act of Vision (winner of the 2014 National Reader’s Choice Award, RWA) and Middle Grade novel Pierre François: 5th Grade Adventures (Jan 2018). Her award-winning short stories have also been published in Glimmer Train Stories, The Chicago Tribune, and several literary journals. Her long-time interest in Southern literary narrative, the Grotesque, and trauma narratives culminated in her doctorate on mother/daughter relationships in Southern literature. After winning the English National Opera mini-opera libretto contest, judged by Neil Gaiman and Jeremy Sams, Lori dabbled in libretto-writing; her collaborations have been staged in London, Minneapolis, and Dallas. Her next literary novel, Novalee and the Spider Secret, will be published in September 2018 by Dragonfeather Books. Lori lives in Richardson with her family and teaches at Southern Methodist University.