Category Archives: Young Adult Fiction

The name of this genre bugs me a little, because it has come to only mean novels about dystopian governments, vampires, troubled young girls on the brink of crisis, or girls in cliques. Oh, and sometimes cancer. I write young adult fiction that is character-driven literary fiction which just happens to be appropriate for a not-yet-adult audience. Cardenio and the Warbler was very much a first novel and really more of an experiment in writing from the perspective of four siblings. Swim is something I began while teaching high school girls; it is about friends and mothers and finding yourself. But my favorite, hands-down the best thing I have ever written, is still a work in progress. It is called The Spectrum Club of West Jefferson High, and I hope to be finished in a few months. I need an agent, so I put a bit of it here.

The Spectrum Club of West Jefferson High

One The air conditioning vent was behind and above Dr. Berger’s head, so Katie could look at it instead of at the bearded school counselor who was looking at her too intently. Another bonus: there was a small piece of … Continue reading

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Swim

I started this manuscript when I was twenty-two, living alone in a teeny efficiency apartment and teaching high school. Trying to be a grown up. It was really just a kernel of a young-adult novel until over a decade later, … Continue reading

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Cardenio and the Warbler

This little story started in a park in 2010. I was watching my kids play, I was warm in the sun and a little bored, and I had a notebook with me. The evening before, my husband had made a … Continue reading

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