VIRTUAL EVENT: Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday - Writing YA Today

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
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Jay's Gay Agenda By Jason June Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063015159
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 7-10 Days
Published: HarperTeen - June 1st, 2021

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun By Jonny Garza Villa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542027052
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 7-10 Days
Published: Skyscape - June 8th, 2021

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The Knockout By Sajni Patel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635830590
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flux - January 26th, 2021

The publishing industry is constantly changing. It’s important to stay up-to-date with things like trends, best sellers, and sales, but there’s so much more that goes into writing a book, especially when you’re an adult writing for teens. Join us in August as we dive into what it takes to write YA today with three debut YA authors.
For our August Third Thursday, join us as we dive into what it takes to write from our personal experiences. This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.


Jonny Garza Villa is a product of the great state of Texas, born and raised along the Gulf Coast, and a decade-long resident of San Antonio. Jonny is an author of contemporary young adult fiction that maintains a brand of being proudly Latinx, and the most queer, and embracing the power and beauty of the chaotic gay. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun is their debut novel. For more information, visit

Jason June (it's a two-name first name, like Mary-Kate without the hyphen or the Olsen twin) is a genderqueer writer mermaid who loves to create picture books that mix the flamboyantly whacky with the slightly dark, and young adult contemporary rom-coms full of love and lust and hijinks. His debut queer YA rom-com, JAY'S GAY AGENDA, about gay Type A Virgo listmakers, is out now. When not writing, JJ zips about Austin, Texas, with his Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, and daydreams about fashions inspired by Laura Dern.

Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas, surrounded by a lot of delicious food and plenty of diversity. She draws on personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds that center around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she's now all about puppies and rainbows and tortured love stories.


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Thank you for supporting Jason June, Johhny Garza Villa, Sajni Patel, WLT, and your local independent bookstore!