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Operation Awesome is a group of writers, both published and unpublished.

We blog regularly, sharing writing tips, hosting contests (like #OAFlash Fiction and #PassOrPages), and talking about books (like in our monthly #OABookClub). If you like what we're doing here, we invite you to check out our published works. The best gift to an author is to buy his or her book; the second best gift is a review after you're finished!

If you're looking to contact us, you can email OperationAwesome6 (at) gmail (dot) com. We're always looking for debut authors to interview on Wednesdays and agents who want to participate in #PassOrPages. We sometimes host guest posts (including guest judges for #OAFlash) and participate in cover reveals and release day blitzes (although those are usually for people we know personally). We DO NOT accept book review requests.

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Current Awesome Operatives

MELINDA FRIESEN is the author of the YA sci-fi/ dystopian novel, Enslavement, the first book in the One Bright Future series. She began writing five years ago on a whim and has been captivated ever since. She writes novels for teens and short stories, dividing her time between composing her eleventh novel, editing the previous ten, and learning everything she can about writing, editing, and publishing. Melinda lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and four children.Enslavement (One Bright Future #1) published in October 2014 by Rebelight Publishing
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ANGELICA R. JACKSON, in keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, has published articles on such subjects as gardening, natural history, web design, travel, hiking, and local history. Other interests include pets, reading, green living, and cooking for food allergies (the latter not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it). Ongoing projects include short fiction, poetry, YA novels, art photography, and children’s picture books.

In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary where she volunteers, Fat Kitty City. She volunteers at the regional conference for her local SCBWI chapter (which she recommends as a great way to get involved in the writing community).

Crow's Rest published May 2015 by Spencer Hill Press

KATRINA LANTZ is alive in spite of an airplane crash over Texas when she was two. She conquered her fear of flying on a commercial flight to D.C. when she was sixteen. She conquered everyone else's fears of sky diving at the SkyDive Ranch in Canada when she was nineteen. She has yet to conquer her fear of airports.  

She grew up in sunny Arizona, saw snow fall for the first time when she was eighteen, and discovered the land of endless winter from Narnia actually exists. It's just called Michigan now. She's back in the West, living in sunny southern California with her husband and three sons. She's been writing seriously for about four years. Prior to that, she made a living as a lifeguard, a candy counter cashier, a wilderness therapy guide, a live-in nanny, and a quotes processor. Now she lives and breathes literature and loves it. 
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Though I live in Arizona, I was born and raised in California and still consider it home. I may be able to give Katrina a run for her money--I didn't see snow fall until I was fifteen. That same year, I received my first paycheck for writing-- $25 for an article in the local paper.

I first got the writing bug when I read The Babysitters Club series at age eight, but almost gave up after a bad grade during a creative writing class in college. Fast forward years later, to an HR training for my librarian job in 2008. Eight hours of duh. So I got out a pen and started my first novel, in my head ever since that first writing class.

Since then, I've completed it, and written three others. In 2012, I published an article in School Library Journal entitled "What Teens are Really Reading," and a post for the website Dear Teen Me. The following year, I wrote a chapter in Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. I'm currently working toward my MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University (NAU).

Some of my other interests include jazz dancing, singing, and traveling. I joined NAU's improv troupe, NAUghty Bits, and also write sketch scripts for them, which is tons of fun.

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When Wendy isn't exploring magical places, investigating strange occurrences or time traveling, she enjoys a quiet life in Utah with her husband and two sons. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in history, and has lived in five states and one Canadian province.

Wendy's short stories have appeared in online e-zines such as Daily Science Fiction and AE, as well as a number of anthologies (pictured below)

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Kara Reynolds is a stay-at-home mom of three who likes to spend her nearly-non-existent free time writing novels. Her weaknesses include James T. Kirk, lightsabers, and anything TARDIS-blue. If given the choice between attending Hogwarts or the Jedi Academy, she would pick the Academy (even though she is clearly a Ravenclaw). She is also clearly a gigantic nerd, and if she could go back in time, she would tell her teenage self to embrace her inner geekiness.

While Kara lives in Wyoming, she is not of Wyoming. But it's growing on her.

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Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

Guarding Angel (Fallen Redemption #1) published May 2014 by Saboviec Publishing

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And we were also home to some fabulous writers in the past. Check out our alumni here.