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Who are you?
I write books for young adults (though adults read them, too). I have an MFA in Poetry from the University of Minnesota.
What books have you written?
I'm the author of Girl in Pieces; You'd Be Home Now; How to Make Friends With the Dark; and a mystery series, The Agathas (book 1) and The Night in Question (book 2) with Liz Lawson. Please read them! They're delightful. I have stories in three short story anthologies: Game On; Up All Night; First-Year Orientation.
Okay, so you have three solo books. Are they connected in some way and what order should I read them in?
My solo books (Girl in Pieces; You'd Be Home Now; How to Make Friends With the Dark) are not connected; they are separate, standalone stories. You can read them in any order! In fact, you should get them all at once because there's a BOXED SET!
Is Girl in Pieces about you?
--I like to say I gave Charlie my scars and some of my thoughts and feelings about self-harm and depression, but her story is fiction. (Please read the author's note at the back of the book.)
Your books talk about depression, addiction, self-harm, and lots of other difficult things. Where can I go to get help if I'm struggling?
I'm really sorry you are struggling right now. Here are some resources to help you:
Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The Trevor Project
National Runaway Safeline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Do you have tips for aspiring writers?
--Believe in the story you want to tell. If you're writing, you're a writer. Call yourself that. Write a little every day. Read a lot of books. Listen to music. Watch movies. Believe in yourself.
Will you read my manuscript?
--I'm a writer, not an editor. I'm sorry!
Where can I get a signed copy of your books?
You can go to the SIGNED COPY page on this website; you can check my social for when I do events and come get your book signed.
Can you help me with me school project?
I wish I could! But I can't--the best place to find information about me for your school project is by Googling me to find interviews and stories, check the Press section of this website for articles/interviews/podcast, or by reading the author's note at the end of my books.
Are your books about real things that happened to you?
Sometimes bits of an author's life show up in books or poems. I write contemporary realistic fiction, so my novels have an element of life and that realistic intensity. But it's fiction and the story is not mine; it belongs to the characters. You can read the author's note at the back of my books to see what inspired me to write that particular book.
Will there be movies or tv shows based on your books?
Maybe someday! Lots of great people are trying to make this happen.
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