Ivy Adams is the pseudonym for three friends and writing partners: Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs. Though The International Kissing Club is their first novel together, they have written more than thirty novels between them. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.
Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. From the first page of that first book, she knew she’d found her life-long love. Now a writing professor at her local community college, Tracy writes YA novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids to kissing clubs to techno-Armageddon stories… and she still has a soft spot for Judy Blume.
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Emily McKay has been writing since the second grade, when she first read the Chronicles of Narnia. She switched to reading and writing romance when she realized that Lucy was never going to get together with Prince Caspian. She’s a shameless fan of romance novels, action movies, funky nail polish and cookies. She writes everything from straight up romance, to YA rom-com to post apocalyptic vampire YA — just to keep readers on their toes. And she still has a weakness for a hunky hero who can wield a sword.
Shellee Roberts began writing when her husband, the extrovert, suggested that she, the introvert, take up tennis so she could meet people and get out of the house. Wary of too much physical exercise, Shellee took up the pen instead of the racket and turned her lifetime love of reading into a passion for writing. Now she spends all of her spare time writing at her local coffeehouse and she’s met all sorts of new and interesting people. However, she still only exercises when under duress.