MY TOP 17 OF 2017

According to Goodreads, I read 83 books on this past revolution around the sun. Of those, here are my 17 favorite in no particular order. To be clear, these are not "THE TOP 17 BOOKS OF THE YEAR!!" or anything like that. They're simply the books I liked most of the ones I read. Some … Continue reading MY TOP 17 OF 2017


Today, YA Books Central is hosting the cover reveal and a giveaway for WELCOME HOME, the adoption-themed anthology edited by Eric Smith in which I have a story! The other contributors include Adi Alsaid, Nic Stone, Dave Connis, Helene Dunbar, Libby Cudmore, Lauren Gibaldi, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon M. Parker, Karen Akins, Erica M. … Continue reading WELCOME HOME COVER REVEAL


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: And you can add … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS


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 Sun, June 12, 1-3pm - Barnes … Continue reading B&N TEEN BOOK FEST


I'm excited to announce that I'll have a short story in a collection of YA adoption-themed short stories edited by Eric Smith, to be published by Jolly Fish Press in fall 2017. Check out his far more meaningful/detailed post about it over here at his site. Or, if you're too lazy, here are some snippets: "Welcome … Continue reading WELCOME HOME

NYC Teen Author Festival 2016

I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining a billion awesome YA authors as part of the NYC Teen Author Festival in March. I'll be on a panel at the NY Public Library about writing realistic fiction on Fri, 3/18 and I'll be signing at Books of Wonder on Sun, 3/20. If you're around that … Continue reading NYC Teen Author Festival 2016