All About Me

Well, maybe not “all about me”…how about we try for “some about me” instead?  I’ve lived in Appalachia all my life and have written about Appalachia for over half of it.  My fiction focuses on Appalachians who don’t fit the stereotypes and often who don’t fit in, period, because they’re LGBT, because they dream of life beyond the mountains, or (in the case of my middle-grade trilogy) because they have psychic powers.  I write adult fiction,  young adult fiction, and middle-grade fiction, all set in the Appalachian region.  My young adult novel Finding H.F. won the 2002 Lambda Literary Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category, and my 2013 novel Secret City was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and a Golden Crown Literary Award winner.  My decidedly adult novel, The Kind of Girl I Am, about a notorious madam, also received a Lambda Literary Award nomination.  My new young adult novel, Quiver, which looks at the culture wars through the perspective of two very different teens, will be released by Three Rooms Press in October 2018 and has already garnered a starred review in Foreword magazine and a Perfect Ten Award from VOYA.

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