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. After college I had jobs not related to either of those subjects for many years.
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 David Levithan, Andrew Eliopulos, Caron Levis, Coe Booth, and Sarah Weeks. 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 had started out as a story about feeling like an outsider and morphed into a story about grief and healing, spirituality and finding magic in the world. It’s called Repairing the World and it comes out with Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2022. I’m very proud of how it turned out.
Currently I’m at work on a historical novel set in 1869 that may be YA or adult (we shall see!), a historical YA set in 1979, as well as a book of poetry.
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 New York’s Hudson Valley. 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’m also responsible for the film and television rights for the agency. If you’re interested in taking a look at the books I’ve sold, I have a Goodreads shelf which contains all the books that have been announced.
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, especially those that feature marginalized characters (LGBTQ+, BIPOC, 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 as often as I can. I like to cook and eat and I dabble in gluten free baking. I consider myself a proud, boot stomping feminist, and include actively working against racism in my definition of feminism. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org