Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board consists of some of our favorite published NaNo-novelists. They help connect us with the bigger publishing world, as well as contribute to our programs, initiatives, and writer resources.


Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. A recovering academic, she turned to writing her own books. She lives in Washington with her family, where she can be found in coffee shops, dreaming up new worlds. Her first novel Crewel was drafted during NaNoWriMo 2010 on library computers and during write-ins. Since her 2010 win, she’s participated yearly in the competition, although she doesn’t always win. During November and some Camp NaNoWriMo months you can find her in the forums as Creweler or sprinting with Wrimos on Twitter. Read Gennifer’s previous NaNoWriMo pep talk.

Melissa AnelliMelissa Anelli is the New York Times bestselling author of Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon, a book she came to write by being an obsessive fan and  hater of the blank page. She owns and operates The Leaky Cauldron and LeakyNews, and runs the annual fan conference LeakyCon. She’s a graduate of Georgetown University and current resident of Brooklyn. You can find her on Twitter or at her not-often-enough-updated website. She is a longtime supporter and future winner of NaNoWriMo!

Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool and the Molly Fyde series. He’s participated in NaNoWriMo several times and wrote 80,000 of Wool‘s 160,000 words during NaNoWriMo. He spent eight years working as a yacht captain before settling down and chasing his dream of becoming a writer. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. Find out more about Hugh at, or read his piece on the NaNoWriMo blog, “How NaNoWriMo Trained Me to Be a Writer.”

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels, including Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, and The Madness Underneath. She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle) and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University, writes frequently on the subject of Young Adult literature, and is well known for her online presence on Twitter (@maureenjohnson). Maureen lives in New York, and online on Twitter (or at Read Maureen’s previous NaNoWriMo pep talk.

Niall Leonard wrote his first novel during NaNoWriMo 2011. Crusher is a gritty crime thriller set in the London underworld, featuring Finn Maguire, a dyslexic young offender investigating the murder of his father. The novel was picked up by Random House for publication in 2012. The sequel, Incinerator, comes out in 2014, and Niall is currently working on Shredder, the third part of the trilogy. Niall is also a successful TV screenwriter with a long list of credits, including international hits such as Hornblower, Wire In The Blood, and Monarch of the Glen. Find out more about Niall at, or read his past contributions to the OLL Blog, “Postcards from NaNoLand.”
Marissa Meyer is a New York Times-bestselling author and five-time NaNo champion. The first three books in her Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress) all began life as NaNoWriMo novels. (In fact, she drafted all three during November of 2008, in an attempt to win a walk-on role in Star Trek. It’s kind of a long story.) In addition to her love of writing, she’s an avid reader, a neurotic organizer, and a connoisseur of cake. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. Find out more at, or read her NaNoWriMo pep talk.


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