I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, but I took the long route to becoming an author. I earned a Master’s in literature and worked for years in a bunch of oddball professions (tech writer, web designer, political aide), before finally gathering up the courage to pursue my real dream. My first novel, YA sci-fi thriller Now That You’re Here, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in December, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, hits shelves on August 4, 2015.
Writing can be a solitary profession, but I’m certainly not in this alone. I’m mentored by the incredible, award-winning crime novelist James Sallis. We meet for coffee and talk about writing and publishing and music and life. I’m also part of an awesome writing group, called The Parking Lot Confessional. We met in a creative writing class. Each week after class we’d stand in the parking lot and talk about our dreams. What began with exchanging chapters for feedback turned into a blog, and now a podcast on writing. My PLC cohorts are some of the most talented writers and awesome people I know. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am without them.here and here). I also love reading and listening to music (don’t get me started on favorites; I’ll be here all day). I’m a massive fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch likes my handbag!), and British telly and movies in general. (Did I mention I lived there for a spell, and studied at Cambridge?) I also geek out on superhero stories, and Loki is my fave baddie. No, wait. It’s Moriarty. Oh, don’t make me choose!
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram. I write weekly at my own blog and at The Parking Lot Confessional, as well as monthly at YA Outside the Lines. I also participate in The Parking Lot Confessional’s bi-monthly podcast, Curb Chat. Come find me and say hello!
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