Will you come visit my school?
I love talking with students and meeting with readers. If you’d like to host an author event at your school, please ask a teacher, librarian, or PTA administrator to contact me for details. Here is a helpful link to more information about hosting and planning an author event.
I’m a student writer or aspiring author. Will you read and critique my work?
Sadly, I am unable to read unpublished work for critique or feedback. I meet hundreds of student writers and aspiring authors every year, and many ask if I would be willing to read their drafts. My deadlines and family commitments keep me very busy, and I have a group of very prolific and devoted critique partners I’m beholden to. However, if you have a draft or sample of writing and you’re ready for feedback, I strongly recommend finding a critique group of your own! Sharing your work with other writers and exchanging honest, constructive, supportive feedback is the best way to grow and improve. Check out some of the links below for more information about starting a crit group of your own.
I’m a teen writer and I’m interested in publishing. Can you help me find resources?
YES! Here are a few links to some great resources for teen writers to get you started. Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Feel free to drop me an email with your specific question, and we’ll see if we can find the answers together.
Where can I find a list of discussion questions for my book club or my classroom?
Downloadable Reader Guides may be found here.
How many Nearly books will be in the series?
For now, Nearly Gone and Nearly Found are the only books planned. You can read more about that here.
What’s next after Nearly Gone and Nearly Found?
Where can I learn more about THE SUFFERING TREE?
THE SUFFERING TREE will release in 2017. Meanwhile, you can read more about it and add it to your TBR shelf here and you can pre-order a copy now through any online or retail bookseller.
Have you received any awards or recognition?
2015 Edgar Award Finalist (Nearly Gone)
2015 International Thriller Award Winner: Best Young Adult Novel (Nearly Gone)
2015 Winner of the Mathical Book Award: grade 9-12 category (Nearly Gone)
2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalist: Best Young Adult (Nearly Gone)
2015-2016 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee (Nearly Gone)
2015-2016 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee (Nearly Gone)
2016-2017 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominee (Nearly Gone)
2016-2017 Florida Teens Read List (Nearly Gone)
2016 – 2017 South Dakota Teen Choice Nominee (Nearly Gone)
2015 Kansas State Reading Circle, Starred Designation (Nearly Gone)
Starred Review, School Library Journal (Nearly Gone)
Bank Street College of Education’s Best of Children’s Books List – 2015 (Nearly Gone)
SWON (Southwest Ohio & Neighboring) Libraries 2014 Best Dark Mystery (Nearly Gone)
What else have you written?
Essay in TIME.com
Essay in Huffington Post
Essay on John Scalzi’s “The Big Idea” blog
I’m doing a book report. How can I learn more about you?
Here are a few interviews I’ve done. Most of your questions (my writing process, how I landed my agent, how long it takes to write my books, where my ideas come from, etc…) are answered within these interviews. If not, you can email me through the contact form on this website.
Where can I buy a signed book? How can I receive a signed bookplate?
Email me through the contact form for details.
Can you send me a free review copy of your book?
Unfortunately no, I do not keep review copies on hand. Bloggers, librarians, and reviewers may contact Penguin Young Readers Group to request a review copy of the Nearly books. Review copies of HOLDING SMOKE and THE SUFFERING TREE may be requested through Edelweiss and NetGalley.
I am in love with Reece Whelan. Where can I learn more about him?
Here is an interview about Reece’s character that might interest you.
How did you come up with Nearly’s name?
Read about the origin of Nearly’s name here.
How do you conduct research for your books?
Here’s a fun interview about my research for the Nearly Gone series.
Are there really undercover police officers in high schools? Where can I read more about them?
Will Nearly Gone be made into a movie?
At this time, there are no plans to bring Nearly to the big screen. But that could always change.
Who left the personal ad for Nearly at the end of book #1?
This is not a cliffhanger. If you read the book carefully, the clue to figuring out the identity of the bad element can be found on page 122.
If I loved the Nearly books, what other books would you recommend I try?
If you love young adult thrillers with a hint of mystery, consider trying books by these fantastic authors: Megan Miranda, Ashley Elston, Kimberly Derting, Kim Harrington, Jill Hathaway, Romily Bernard, and Lydia Kang.
What advice do you have for writers seeking representation?
Read my advice on submitting queries and interviewing potential agents here.
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