I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I write YA fiction--both edgy realistic fiction and edgy fantasy. STAINED
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 1, 2013) is about Sarah, a girl with a port-wine stain and body image issues who is abducted and who must find a way to rescue herself. SCARS
(WestSide Books) is about Kendra, a teen sexual abuse survivor who cuts to cope and who is queer--a lot of my own experiences went into that book (it's my arm on the cover). HUNTED
(WestSide Books) is about Caitlyn, a teen telepath who is being hunted by government troopers in a world where it's illegal to be a paranormal.
I try to put compassion and heart into all my books, as well as an awareness of oppression, and a good story that entertains. As an incest and ritual abuse survivor, and someone who is queer, I know a lot about oppression and pain--and hope. Bits of my abuse experience seem to go into every book, along with hope and healing. I also put strong girls (and boys) into all my books. I believe survivors are strong, and that we can make positive change in the world.
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My US publisher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
I'm represented by the lovely Andrea Somberg
at Harvey Klinger.
My book publicist is the wonderful Julie Schoerke
of JKS Communications.
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If you're a YA or Kidlit (teen and children's book) person, there are now three (at least) lists to
add your name to and to help you find other YAlit & kidlit people!
Kidlit people (includes YA) -- reviewers, book bloggers, authors, librarians, teachers, etc through +Melissa Wiley https://plus.google.com/108175421459308378989/posts/f3VYwVobEjk
YAlit and Kidlit bloggers through +Kate Messner https://plus.google.com/116696959300142531734/posts/3hATdL32ZFC
YAlit and Kidlit people through +Debbie Ohi https://plus.google.com/115121110877145330939/posts/QQkAdWb8iz1
Now I have even more people to add to my Circles! Very cool!
I hope you'll join us. :)