Monday, August 3, 2015


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. Enter the giveaway to win a signed ARC!
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! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015


You know that moment when you log onto Pinterest, and you tell yourself it'll be quick? Just a few minutes and then you'll be done. Twenty minutes, tops. And then you blink and realize that you've been pinning and scrolling for over an hour? 

Yeah, I can finally call all that time research.

One day, a while ago, I stopped on an image. I can't find it now, but there was something simple and striking about it. There was a boy standing on Earth, gazing up at the moon. There was no caption to go along with it, but it sparked something inside me. I started writing. 

And those few sentences turned into something amazing.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired Benjamin, a middle-grade novel in verse by Kelsey Sutton. Benjamin lives on the moon, keeping watch over the world below but caring nothing for the lives he observes... until he discovers Sam, a girl who makes him long for more. Publication is planned for summer 2017, to follow the 2016 publication of Sutton's The Lonely Ones; Beth Miller at Writers House negotiated the deal for world rights.
Squee! Can't wait to share this story with you, my wonderful readers!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Four (3/20/15)

1. It's been a long time since I've done one of these. There have been changes in my life which have kept me busy and away from the blog. The most notable of which is that I'm graduating college! May 8th is just around the corner and I've been scrambling to make sure I have everything I need to get that piece of paper.

2. After that... I'm heading to grad school. Yes, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it, too. I'd briefly entertained the notion that I was done with classrooms and assignments, at least for a long time. But then I was accepted in Hamline University and offered a scholarship, which was too amazing of an opportunity to turn down. So in June I'm heading to the big city! It's exciting and terrifying.

3. Despite all the insanity, there has been some writing, as well. My middle-grade debut THE LONELY ONES is nearly complete and about to go into copy edits. I was actually given a release date this week, which is April 26th, 2016! While this may seem like an insanely long wait, I know it's going to be on me before I can blink. That's how life seems to work these days. I also have a young adult suspense coming out. Don't have much information to share just yet, but feel free to add it on Goodreads.

4. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but I feel it's substantial enough to note here. Which is that my hair is gone. I was always the girl with the long brown hair, but this week I went into a salon and had my stylist chop off ten inches and donate it. While I do keep reaching for it and find myself clutching at air, it was worth it. This video reminded me of that when I started to feel wistful. And the thing to remember is that hair grows back.

Have a great week, everyone!
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