BETH MERLIN, a native New Yorker, loves anything Broadway, romantic comedies, and a good maxi dress. After earning her JD from New York Law School, she heard a voice calling her back to fiction writing, like it had during her undergrad study. Amidst her days in The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where Beth majored in Political Communications, she found herself wandering into Creative Writing classes, and ended up earning a minor in the field. After 10 long years laboring over her first manuscript, her debut novel, One S’more Summer, released May 2017. International bestselling author Kristin Harmel called it “a fast paced, enjoyable read”.
Danielle Modafferi, a high school English teacher and pun enthusiast, earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2014 and, shortly after, founded Firefly Hill Press in 2016. By day, she helps her students discover the magic of language, but by night, she’s a writer and publisher on a mission to unleash her creativity and help others do the same. If there is ever time left in the day, Danielle loves working on a good upcycling or art project, traveling to faraway (and some not-so-faraway) places, and snuggling with her two yorkipoos, Jackson and Liam, who are also incidentally her biggest fans.
Together as MERLIN & MOD, Beth and Danielle have been collaborating and creating together for the better part of a decade. Their CAMPFIRE SERIES has seen success selling over 220,000 digital and print copies and garnering an average of 4.3 stars out of almost 5500 total reviews between Amazon and Goodreads. Julianne Hough's Canary House Productions optioned ONE S'MORE SUMMER and subsequently, Beth and Danielle scripted a treatment and a pilot entitled, THE BIG BREAK based on THE CAMPFIRE SERIES, which was pitched to Fox, Universal, and ABC.
They’re proud to brand themselves as writers of "fluff with stuff" that feature heroines who are not afraid to save themselves - no damsels need apply! Their stories feature love and obstacles that enhance their protagonist’s journey but in no way define it. They like to believe that they’ve reclaimed the term "happily ever after" to illustrate how such a goal is a unique pursuit and triumph to each character and her arc.