Fireside Reads

8 August 2021     The Camp YA Team     Activity

One of our favourite activities during camp is sitting by the warm fire on a cold night. You hear the crackling of the wood, feel the wind creeping into your bones and listen to the noises nature makes deep into the night.

From the comfort of your own home, listen to the dulcet tones of some of our authors as they read from their favourite stories.

About Amy McCaw

Whether it’s books, films or TV shows, when it comes to the macabre, Amy McCaw’s got you covered. When she’s not writing YA mysteries like her debut Mina and the Undead, Amy enjoys travelling and every Buffy the Vampire Slayer convention she can get her hands on.

About Ava Eldred

Ava Eldred was born in London, and has spent much of the last decade writing and developing stage musicals, and working in theatre in the West End and beyond. Her work has been performed both in London and internationally. She is a recent graduate of Faber Academy's Writing A Novel course, and a life-long fan of boybands. The Boyband Murder Mystery is her debut novel.

About Kat Ellis

Do not read Kat Ellis’ books with the lights off. You have been warned. Her YA thrillers, with just a touch of weird, have been spooking readers since 2014. As is appropriate for a horror writer, Kat loves to patrol graveyards with her camera and watch scary movies with her husband.

About Katherine Webber

Katherine Webber is a YA and children’s author. Her most recent YA novel is ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART, and her upcoming YA includes THE REVELRY (Jan 2022) and the YA fantasy rom-com TWIN CROWNS (publishing May 2022, co-written with Catherine Doyle). She also is the co-author of the young fiction series SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID and the bestselling DRAGON REALM books, which she co-writes with her husband Kevin Tsang. Katherine is originally from California and currently lives in London with her husband and young daughter.

About Kathryn Foxfield

A reformed microbiologist, Kathryn Foxfield now writes dark books about strange things. She blames her love of the creepy and weird on a childhood diet of Point Horror, Agatha Christie and Dr Who. Her YA thrillers GOOD GIRLS DIE FIRST and the upcoming IT'S BEHIND YOU centre around characters who aren’t afraid to fight back - but she insists she wouldn’t last 5 minutes in one of her own stories.

About Rektok Ross

Rektok Ross is the pen name of Liani Kotcher, a trial attorney turned award-winning young adult author and book blogger. An avid reader since childhood, Liani writes exactly the kind of books she loves to escape into herself: exciting thrillers with strong female leads, swoonworthy love interests, and life-changing moments. She graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism and obtained her juris doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law. Originally from South Florida, she currently splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles with her husband, stepkids, and her dogs. You can find her online just about anywhere at @RektokRoss, as well as on her website,, where she blogs about books and writing.

About Sarena and Sasha Nanua

Sarena and Sasha Nanua are our resident twin novelists, penning tremendous fantasy for YA and middle grade audiences. The sisters have been writing since they were nine years old and love a good, old-fashioned sci-fi novel.

About Savita Kalhan

An extensive traveller and keen sportswoman, Savita Kalhan writes powerful YA contemporaries and gripping thrillers. When not scribbling in her writing shed, Savita wages war againest an army of slugs in her allotment.

About Sera Milano

Sera Milano has previously written two Kirkus-starred LGBTQ+ comic novels for younger readers, Boy Meets Hamster and Boy Meets Ghoul, under the name Birdie Milano. Before writing her first novel, Sera dabbled in the theatre, worked as a bookseller, taught drama classes for children, and dispensed romantic advice to internet daters. She lives just a whisker outside London in the UK with her rescue dog and wonky cat. She loves musicals, comics, and telling her many houseplants that they need to let her love them, while she watches them slowly die. You can find Sera at and on twitter and instagram @seramilano This Can Never Not Be Real is her first young adult novel.

About Yasmin Rahman

Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID is her first novel. As a child, she wanted to be a postwoman, but decided to settle for being an author. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, both with Distinction. Her short story ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ was published in the Stripes anthology A Change is Gonna Come in 2017, with the Bookseller awarding the contributors a YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award 2018 for commitment to making YA publishing more inclu- sive. When she’s not writing, Yasmin makes bookish fan art; her designs are sold worldwide on behalf of John Green.