ATSD cover with quote

A little over a week ago, Paste Magazine hosted the cover reveal for my next bookAfter the Shot Drops which comes out on March 6, 2017 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I might be biased, but I’m all about it! The designer (whose name I don’t know yet) did an amazing job of creating some beautiful imagery that manages to visually convey some of the book’s most important themes. Even though I’ve included the cover above, you can follow the link to Paste’s post to read the opening chapter of the book. ATSD is also now available for pre-order over at Amazon, and don’t forget that every time someone adds it to their Goodreads to-read shelf, a narwhal gets its wings.


As a debut novelist, I lived with the constant fear that my first book would be so horrible or sell so poorly that I’d never publish anything ever again. Well, in your face, crippling self-doubt! I’ve sold my next YA novel to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly:

After the Shot Drops - PW Announcement

And you can add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here!

I’m really excited to be working with editor Margaret Raymo (who works with such powerhouses as Lois Lowry, Kwame Alexander, and Barry Lyga) and with HMH (whose list includes such greats at The Giver, The Crossover, Curious George, The Little Prince, and many more).

I love the characters in story so much, and I can’t wait for everyone to meet them. (Sorry that it will take a couple of years. That’s just how publishing works.)

In the mean time, here are some GIFs to properly convey my emotions.


(Stay tuned for a post about the return of self-doubt.)


Next weekend is B&N’s inaugural national teen book festival. Stores around the country will be hosting events with MG & YA authors throughout the weekend. Here’s where you can find me:

Sat, June 11, 1-3pm – Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ with Jared Caracciolo and Michael Geisinger

June 11

Sun, June 12, 1-3pm – Barnes & Noble in Wilmington, DE with Sharon Roat, Ilene Wong, Cindy Callaghan, Dianne K. Salerni, and Meghan Rogers

June 12

These may be my last book events in the area for a while since I’m moving to the Bay Area this summer, so I hope I get to see some of you!



It’s been a busy couple of months for me. School starting back up (with new responsibilities) + promoting a new book + trying to keep working on a new one is pretty tiring stuff. I can usually quantify exactly how busy I am by my how many books I read per week. During the summer, that number is usually 2-3. The last couple of months it’s dropped to around .5-.75.


School is fully underway! The book has come out! The release party happened last Friday!

book release - with books

*wipes sweat off brow*

*washes hands*

That’s right, the release party! The final thing that makes me feel like this “debut” thing has come to end. And it was a LOT of fun! The experience felt very similar to a wedding–a whirlwind of awesome people from different realms of my life with no time to talk to anyone in depth.

I held it in my school instead of a bookstore because I thought that would make it more likely students would go (and several did!). We started out the evening with the CEO of our school introducing me. I thanked a bunch of people, and then one of my former students spoke about The Attic, Philly’s only LBQTIA+ safe space for teens.

After that, I read a chapter (“Her Hidden Multiverse” from Mari’s section), and then did a Q&A, during which I gave out twenty-sided die to those who asked questions. Most of the Qs actually came from my students, and they were thoughtful and interesting.

I then gave away some awesome tabletop games to promote…games (Forbidden Island, Munchkins: Zombies, and Coup). My wonderful wife sold books as I signed, and then people hung out and played games together for a couple of hours. All in all, I’d say it was a success because I had fun! Enjoy the pictures below (all of which I stole from Facebook).

book release - audience

book release - q and a book release - reading book release - sad with kathryn book release - signing till book release - signing book release - talking
book release - with kathryn