A little bit about me…

I write books for children and teens. Like many writers, I’ve been writing since I was a kid. In college I double majored in English and Environmental Studies. Then I went off and for many years had jobs not related to either of those subjects.

In my heart though, I always knew I was a writer and I could usually be found scribbling something — poetry, stories, blog posts, or long, newsy emails and letters. In 2016 I decided to get some structure in the area of my writing so I entered the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at The New School in New York City. While I was there I was very lucky to study with authors Sarah Weeks, Coe Booth, David Levithan, Andrew Eliopulos, and Caron Levis. My thesis advisor was Jill Santopolo. I feel very grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from such great writers.

It took me some time after completing my MFA until I finished writing the middle grade project I’d gone into the program with. And what a different story it had turned into! It started as a story about feeling like an outsider and morphed into a story about grief and healing, spirituality and finding magic in the world. I’m very proud of how it turned out.

Now I’m working on a historical YA project and a book in verse. It is energizing to have my focus on two very different projects at the same time.

Besides being a writer, I’m also a senior literary agent at Emerald City Literary Agency, an agency outside of Seattle, Washington. We represent books for kids and teens. I work from our east coast office in Massachusetts. I truly believe I have the best job ever! I represent picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels, as well as select children’s non-fiction. I have a Goodreads shelf that has all the books I’ve sold on it, if you’re interested in taking a look.

As a reader, a writer, and as an agent, I like stories for kids that deal with issues of identity, history, sexual politics, feminism, and culture. I also like monsters, if they’re not too scary. And romcoms, that feature marginalized characters (LGBTQ+, people of color, religious minorities, disabled, etc). When I read a story I like to feel all the feels, whether that means laughing out loud, ugly crying, or being blown away by learning something new. I aspire to do the same as a writer. I love writing and reading offbeat, quirky, and left of center stories.

In my life outside of books I’m passionate about art and going to museums. I adore traveling, and I try to visit other countries a few times a year. I like to cook and eat and I dabble in gluten free baking. I consider myself a proud, boot stomping feminist. I’m also an ardent environmentalist; addressing climate change and finding alternative energy sources is the only way our planet and our species has a future.

It’s my goal as a writer (and as an agent) to try to make the world a better place, one book at a time.

I’m represented by Rena Rossner, at The Deborah Harris agency. You can reach her at rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com