I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I write YA fiction--both edgy realistic fiction and edgy fantasy. In STAINED
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 1, 2013), Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself. In SCARS
(WestSide Books), Kendra, a teen sexual abuse survivor who cuts to cope and who is queer, must find a way to face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late. I put a lot of my own trauma experiences into both STAINED and SCARS (it's my arm on the cover on SCARS). In HUNTED
(WestSide Books) Caitlyn, a teen telepath, is hunted by government troopers in a world where it's illegal to be a paranormal.
I put compassion and heart into all my books, as well as an awareness of oppression, abuse, and trauma and their effects. I use a lot of suspense and try to create good stories that entertains. As an incest and ritual abuse survivor, and someone who is queer, I know a lot about trauma 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.
* * *
My book publicist is the wonderful Julie Schoerke
of JKS Communications.
* * *
Some posts I've written that you may want to read or share with others are: