Author of YA & Adult fiction
Elle Cosimano


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Sadly, I am unable to read unpublished work for critique or feedback.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 with whom you can exchange 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.

Resources for teen writers

6 Great Websites for Teen Writers

Where can I find a list of discussion questions for my book club or my classroom?

Downloadable Reader Guides for Nearly Gone may be found here.

Downloadable Reader Guides for Holding Smoke may be found here.

How many Nearly books will be in the series?

Nearly Gone and Nearly Found are the only books planned. Sadly, there are no plans for a third book at this time. You can read more about that here.

What’s next after Nearly Gone and Nearly Found?

HOLDING SMOKE was released in 2016, and THE SUFFERING TREE in 2017, both with Disney*Hyperion, now with LittleBrown. You should read them!

My next novel is an urban fantasy for young adults called SEASONS OF THE STORM, coming June 23, 2020 from HarperTeen. You can read more about it here, and add it to your Goodreads bookshelf here.

My first mystery/crime thriller novel for adult readers will release in February of 2021. You can learn more about it here. Stay tuned to my website or social media feeds for more information!

Will there be a sequel to HOLDING SMOKE or THE SUFFERING TREE?

No. Both of these books were written as stand-alone novels. I’m so glad you loved them. Knowing this makes me happy.

Do you write books for adult audiences?

Yes! I’m so glad you asked. My first mystery/crime thriller series for adult readers will launch in February 2021 with Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press. Stay tuned for official title and cover release soon!

Have you received any awards or recognition?

2017 Bram Stoker Award® Nominee (Holding Smoke)

2017 International Thriller Award Nominee: Best Young Adult Novel (Holding Smoke)

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)

2017-2018 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee (Holding Smoke)

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

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.

Literary Rambles

Reading and Writing Podcast

The Fearless Fifteeners

Pub(lishing) Crawl

YA Interrobang

Born Bookish

Sleuths, Spies, and Alibis

Greenhouse Literary


In Search of the Write Space

A Reading Nurse

OneFour KidLit

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Penguin Teen

Free Lance Star News

Frederick News Post


The Daily Quirk

WUSA Channel 9 News

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. Bloggers, librarians, and reviewers may reach out directly to my publishers to request copies for review.

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.

I have to know what happens to all of my favorite characters after the book is over. Will you tell me what happens to all of the characters in the Nearly books after book 2?

Nope. I’m sorry. Not because I don’t want to, but because I can’t. Because I honestly don’t know the answer. Developing a story takes years. It happens over painstaking trials and failures, through many drafts, and often, I don’t even know the endings to the stories I’m writing until I get to that point on the page. For me, my stories are complete as they stand. Just like none of us are truly able to see our future laid out in front of us, I can’t see my characters’ futures beyond the stories they’ve lived in my books. I will say this, however. I am hopeful for all of them. I imagine they’ll enjoy some wild adventures–that they’ll live and learn a lot as they grow. I know they will face challenges and obstacles and come out on the other side better and stronger than they once were. I wish for them the same things I wish for all of you–a full, satisfying life shared with people who love you, and most of all, a happy ending.

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?

Here, here, and here are some fascinating articles I read while researching the two undercover characters in the Nearly books.

Will Nearly Gone be made into a movie?

At this time, there are no plans to bring Nearly to the big screen. While we all dream about seeing our books adapted for film, making a movie costs millions of dollars, and you might be surprised to learn that most authors don’t make very much. Truth? Most authors aren’t able to support ourselves on our writing income, and many of us work other jobs to keep food on our table. Mostly, we wish for someone in the film industry (a producer or film agent or director) to fall in love with our book and invest in it. It’s a wonderful reason for celebration when it happens, but it doesn’t happen often. Believe me, if there are ever plans to bring Nearly (or any of my books) to the big screen, you’ll be the first to know!

Also, if you see a blog post featuring an author’s “dream cast”, this does NOT mean the book will be made into a movie. It’s as simple as the name–a dream cast. It’s our way of letting our readers into our own imaginary spaces, to see how we picture our own characters inside our weirdly imaginative heads.


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, Romily Bernard, LR Giles, and Lydia Kang.

What advice do you have for writers seeking representation?
Read my advice on submitting queries and interviewing potential agents here.

Who is your literary agent
I’m represented by the extraordinary Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Photo courtesy of Powell Woulfe Photography.