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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, THE STAR SHEPHERD, is available now from Sourcebooks Young Readers!

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Ravenous is out TODAY!

"A welcome return to a complex land of fantasy and friendship."


RavenousHCSecond books are strange beasts. In some ways they’re easier, because you know what to expect, and in other ways they’re even trickier. There are expectations now from yourself, your publishing house, and your audience. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people—at HarperCollins, New Leaf Literary, online, and at home—who’ve supported me and Ravenous the whole way through. I get to work with the absolute best people, and if you’re one of them, please know you have my infinite gratitude for all that you do!

I’m so thrilled that Greta’s story is out in the world today. She’s a girl who is just as strong as Kymera but in very different ways. And you’ll also get to meet Rosabel in the prequel novella, Precious!

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many readers, and the booksellers, librarians, and teachers who’ve put Monstrous (and hopefully soon Ravenous) in their hands. Monstrous and Ravenous are truly books of my heart, and nothing is better than knowing there are people out there who love them and love sharing them. Thank you.

If you’ve already pre-ordered Ravenous or read an ARC, thank you so much!

Learn more about Ravenous | Read an Excerpt


Would you like a signed copy? Now you can order them through the fabulous Porter Square Books here. Simply put the name to make it out to in the order comments and I’ll sign your book before it’s shipped to you!

Ravenous is also available for pre-order through any of these retailers:

Barnes and Noble Amazon Kobo iBooks indiebound3 BAM2 bookdepository HarperCollins Direct

Monstrous Paperback Releases!

Haven’t read Monstrous yet? You’re in luck because the paperback also releases today! It’s an original fairy tale that’s reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Learn more about Monstrous | Read an Excerpt

Barnes and Noble Amazon indiebound3 BAM2 bookdepository HarperCollins Direct

A Year to Maintain Momentum


2015 was quite the whirlwind, and I can hardly believe my second book will be out in a mere 6 weeks. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Greta in Ravenous come February 9, AND for the prequel novella Precious to be out too (it’s a 100-page story about Rosabel that will be published as bonus content in the back of Ravenous)!

If you happen to be in the Boston area, consider yourself invited to my launch party on Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA (it has parking and it’s T-accessible). If you’re not local and you’d like a signed copy of Ravenous, you can pre-order one from Porter Square Books here. AND if you’ve already pre-ordered Ravenous, you rock and I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

When I set my goals for last year there was the unknown quantity of time to be spent promoting Monstrous, but now I have a better idea of what that will take for Ravenous in 2016. And I have a better sense of my limits of what I can reasonably accomplish without stressing myself out too much 🙂 I feel really good about Monstrous and how launching it went, so here’s hoping we can maintain that momentum into 2016 for Ravenous, too! Really though, my primary resolution is the same as last year’s: to do the very best I can on those things within my control. Worrying about things I can’t do anything about will only drive me nuts, so focusing on what I can do is something I’ve found helps considerably.

Last year was also a decent year for writing (which is nothing less than a miracle) and I managed to accomplish about 2/3 of my goals and even drafted a random young adult fantasy novella and a sizable chunk of two additional middle grade projects on top of that. (Can you tell I never sleep? Sleep is for the weak!). This year, I really hope I’ll be able to do all of my Must Dos and Want To Dos at the very least – they’re all projects I’m really excited about! Again, I hope to build off the writing momentum I had going in 2015 to keep my writing projects all on track!






2015 – Year of Saying Yes

YearofYES2It’s hard to believe 2015 is already over (seriously, where did the year go?!). I spent most of 2014 preparing for 2015 and it did not disappoint! It was a year filled with firsts and fun and stress and saying Yes to as many opportunities as possible.

I’m very lucky to be in a place where I have a part time day job and a flexible schedule that allowed me to do as much as I did. I think I actually said Yes to every invitation I got for a book event, blog post, school or library visit, etc on top of all the other opportunities I pursued myself. I went to several new places and met a ton of awesome booksellers, readers, librarians, teachers, and authors. In short, it was a flat-out AMAZING year.

But saying Yes to everything also has some drawbacks. To be honest, I took on too much and spent most of the year feeling overwhelmed and behind on everything.  So while it was incredibly fun and rewarding, it was also very stressful. Plus I’m an introvert, so being “on” so often can give me anxiety. However, 2015 was a great learning experience on how to fake being an extrovert for a short time…as long as I got to have a day or two of hibernating afterwards. And that hibernation meant I pulled back from non-book related activities without really realizing it. I’m kind of a workaholic, so when I feel like I have ALL THE THINGS to do, I get so focused on it that occasionally that means I may not reach out to family and friends for a lot longer than I should. While I love writing and making up worlds, it isn’t healthy for me to spend so much time alone in my own head. I unintentionally pulled away from my support system, and that’s something I definitely need to remedy in 2016.

Long story short, 2015 was a very exciting year, and now I need a nap and to include more non-bookish activities on my docket for 2016. I also want to say THANK YOU to those of you who came out to my events, bought Monstrous, read Monstrous, supported me in any way shape or form – you are awesome and helped make this year one of the best in a long time! 🙂

These were some of my favorite highlights of the year:




RAVENOUS Pre-Order Party!

Can you believe Ravenous will be out in only 2 months?! I’m so excited for this book to be out in the world. It’s a companion to Monstrous, following Greta, and the final edition will include a 100-page prequel novella called Precious, too.

Did you know that every time someone pre-orders a novel, an author gets their wings?* Pre-ordering is one of the nicest things you can do for an author. Early sales are SO important to show a publisher that there is demand for a book and this in turn can help increase support for the book both in bookstores (where those lovely pre-orders are taking place) and on the marketing side. It can also factor into the support the author’s next book in the pipeline receives and whether additional books are purchased.

In a very tiny nutshell, people who pre-order books RULE.

Many of you have told me you’ve already ordered Ravenous which makes me so happy that I decided I needed to say THANK YOU with a little pre-order swag party!


Have you pre-ordered Ravenous? Then 1) you ROCK and 2) I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!




Simply fill out the form below after you have placed an order for Ravenous (We’re operating on the honor system so you do not need to provide proof of purchase.). Limited to one swag pack per pre-ordered copy of Ravenous. Offer open internationally until midnight 2/8/2016.


“But wait! What do I do if I want to pre-order and I haven’t yet?”

I’m so glad you asked. You can pre-order from just about any retailer, but I highly recommend ordering a signed copy directly from my fabulous local indie bookstore, Porter Square Books.

Ravenous is also available for pre-order through any of these retailers:

Barnes and Noble Amazon Kobo iBooks indiebound3 BAM2 bookdepository HarperCollins Direct

Pre-Order Party Swag Pack Claim Form

Sorry, this form expired on 2/8/16 at midnight.

Again THANK YOU to everyone who’s pre-ordered Ravenous! You’re the BEST!


*Sorry, this is a lie. Hey, I make stuff up for a living – what do you expect? 😛

RAVENOUS Annotated ARC Giveaway

I cannot believe that 2015 is almost over! It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a year with Monstrous finally out, and I’m so very grateful for all the lovely people who’ve read and supported my debut book.

Since I happen to have one lonely ARC of the companion novel, Ravenous, left, I thought I’d give away an annotated ARC to say THANK YOU! The ARC will have notes from me throughout with fun facts about the story and process. Sounds fun, yes? 🙂


Everyone gets one free entry, plus several other ways to increase your odds of winning. This giveaway is for US/Canada only and will run from today (12/3/15) through midnight 12/9/15. Again, THANK YOU for being so awesome, excited, and supportive of Monstrous and Ravenous. Good luck!

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