THE LONELY ONES Cover Reveal

It's the big day! I'm finally able to the reveal cover of THE LONELY ONES. Coming out April 26th, 2016 from Philomel Books. I can't wait to share this story with you guys.

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Fain hasn’t always been lonely. Her family used to be close; she used to have good friends. But as circumstances—and people—changed, Fain was left behind. That’s when the monsters appeared.
While her parents argue and her peers and siblings either pick on or simply ignore her, Fain spends time in a world of her own making. During the day, she crafts stories of fantastical adventures, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life alongside a legion of imaginary creatures, with Fain as their queen.
In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day, but when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk opening herself up to the fragile connections that can only be formed in the real world?
Told in lyrical free verse, The Lonely Ones reminds us of the need for imaginative play and the power of true friendship.

So what do you think? Also, don't forget to

add it to your Goodreads shelves

. It's also

available for pre-order

, and there may or may not be an except on the Amazon page... Happy Monday, everyone! 

I Have Another Book Coming Out!

You may remember when I made

the announcement

for

THE LONELY ONES

, which is coming out in 2016. It felt bittersweet, because while I was ecstatic that my writing journey would continue, a year and a half is such a long time to wait to share another story with my readers. I honestly didn't expect to have a release for 2015. 

Which is why I'm so excited to write this post.

Almost two years ago, I wrote a book. It was young adult, and it was about a character that I absolutely loved. This girl was in my head so strongly that I wrote her story in just a month or two. After a few rounds of revisions, my agent sent it out on submission. And while editors had positive feedback and kind things to say about it, we couldn't find a home for this girl. 

So, after some long weeks and difficult rejections, we decided to give up on her. 

Until a couple months ago. I was sitting at home, browsing some old files on my laptop. I came across the manuscript and felt compelled to open it. A few hours later, I'd reread the entire thing. And I loved it just as much as I had the first time. For a writer, this is pretty big. I e-mailed Beth and asked if she had any ideas for bringing the girl back to life. She did.

Which is why I'm able to make this announcement. It's been two years in the making, but it just goes to show that even if you don't reach a goal or a dream right away, it can eventually happen if you don't completely let it go. 

Digital: YA

Author of SOME QUIET PLACE and the forthcoming THE LONELY ONES Kelsey Sutton’s GARDENIA, a novel of suspense in which a young woman, cursed with the power to see how long everyone has left to live, must solve her best friend’s murder before she too becomes a victim, to Randall Klein at Diversion, by Beth Miller at Writers House (World English).

I can't wait for you guys to meet Ivy and read

her story

.

My Middle Grade Debut

I am so ecstatic to make this announcement. This is such a special book. Not only because it is told in verse, which is a first for me. And not only because it is my middle grade debut. It's because of the subject matter itself. My editor put it perfectly in one of her e-mails:

"There are many children/teens that suffer from diagnosable ailments (among them, clinical depression or Asperger’s), which we see reflected in the children’s marketplace. But loneliness is something different. To me, loneliness is a symptom of something far deeper and more complex: feeling other, feeling less than, and feeling disconnected from those around you. While not always easily treated or palpable, the effects of loneliness are often equally devastating and traumatic. THE LONELY ONES feels at once timeless and so relevant to me for this reason—advocating for connection, kindness, compassion."

Liza had already bowled me over with her enthusiasm, but when I read that, I just knew she was the one to work with. As of right now the book won't be released until early 2016, which feels like an agonizingly long wait, but I have a feeling it'll go by faster than we think. Here is the PM announcement to hold you over until then!

Children's: Middle Grade
Kelsey Sutton's THE LONELY ONES, a novel in verse in which lonely thirteen-year-old Fain, who is queen to a legion of imaginary creatures, struggles to connect to those around her until a boy from school and an equally lonely next-door neighbor show her the value of making friends in the real world, to Liza Kaplan at Philomel, by Beth Miller at Writers House (World).

I'll post updates here when I have them! And now I'm off to go dance some more. Have a great week, everyone!