About the MUGsters

MUG is a creative writing group founded in Santa Barbara in 2009. We submit and critique each other’s short fiction and novels (with the occasional graphic novel, query letter, etc. here and there).


Aleese Lin is a Denver-based YA fantasy writer. Having lived for a decade in Japan, the U.K., and Hawaii, her stories explore wild places, new ideas, and belonging. She enjoys any activity that whisks her into nature, but if she has to be inside, she’s either writing, drawing, or cooking wafū dishes with her husband and cats.

Aleese is currently unagented and preparing a YA fantasy novel for query. Follow her Instagram, @aleeselin or visit aleeselin.com.


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Ana Ellickson writes YA novels about wildfire girls, family curses, and everyday magic. Her YA debut novel The Vanishing Station, about a magical train underworld beneath San Francisco, is forthcoming from Abrams in 2023. Roman the Renegade—her middle grade graphic novel about street art, Filipino monsters and messy friendshipswas awarded the 2021 New Visions Honor and a publishing contract with Lee & Low Books (forthcoming in 2024). She has honed her craft at workshops such as the Tin House YA Workshop, Madcap Writing Cross-Culturally Retreat, A Room of Her Own Writing Retreat at Ghost Ranch, etc. Follow her adventures at: ellicksonwriter.com


Genevieve Sinha is a Boston-area speculative fiction writer who lives in a historic and slightly spookyGenevieveSinha town from the 1600s. A New Englander raised in a French-American family at the intersection of culture and languages, she is drawn to history, international travel, and finding the perfect croissant stateside. Genevieve’s stories explore self-discovery, friendship, and, of course, magic. Genevieve attended the Viable Paradise Workshop in 2019 and has published short stories in Apparition Lit and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, with a story forthcoming in Abyss & Apex next year. Genevieve is currently working on a YA fantasy novel. Follow Genevieve at www.genevievesinha.com.


JC Peterson is a writer based in Denver. Her debut novel, BEING MARY BENNET, is slated to release winter 2022 with HarperTeen. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she spends her time chasing her two young sons, hiking in the Colorado mountains, and planning her next adventure. Follow her on Insta @JCPwrites or on Twitter @JenC_P.


Since earning a BA in English from UCLA, Taylor L. W. Ross has published short fiction in Gone Lawn, (parenthetical)Glass Mountain, Westwind, and others. She is a WriteMentor 2021 mentee, and her current project is a YA speculative romance novel. Taylor coaches college admissions essay writing with The Life You Write and lives in Santa Barbara with her rescue pup. Visit Taylor on Instagram @taylorlaurenross and Twitter @TaylorLaurenR.

2 responses to “About the MUGsters

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