Our authors are the heart and soul of kt literary and we’re thrilled to work with all of them.
Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in the wilds of Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, eating chocolate, and writing more books. Her debut YA novel TUNNEL VISION will be published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2015.
Since about the time she learned to read, Sara Beitia has been captivated by stories and storytelling. Though writing has been her unwavering interest, a motley career path— including field worker, legal secretary, store clerk, newspaper editor and bookkeeper, with a college degree in creative writing and philosophy from the College of Idaho in 2003 thrown somewhere in the middle—has provided plenty of grist for the mill. Besides writing, Sara’s other great loves are books, travel and all manner of stationery. Sara and her husband, Paul, along with their absurdly spoiled dog, Polly, and cat, Arnie, make their home in southern Idaho. Her novel THE LAST GOOD PLACE OF LILY ODILON was published by Flux in October 2010.
Josie Bloss, a third-generation band geek, attended the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the best college marching band in the country and a staff reporter for the Michigan Daily. She also spent a year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. When not mining her high school journals for material and wishing there were marching band options for adults, Josie enjoys theater and karaoke. She is the author of BAND GEEK LOVE (Flux, July 2008), BAND GEEKED OUT (Flux, April 2009), ALBATROSS (Flux, February 2010), which Meg Cabot calls “Taut and emotionally wrenching”, and FAKING FAITH (Flux, November 2011).
Ellen Booraem spent thirty years as a journalist, including ten years as the managing editor and award-winning writer for The Weekly Packet, a tiny weekly newspaper in Blue Hill, ME. After a three-year stint as managing editor of The Packet’s parent chain, she continued to win awards as arts and special sections editor for The Ellsworth American, the highly regarded county weekly. She served in that post for six years and continues to work for The American as a freelance reporter and reviewer. A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Wheaton College, Booraem lives with painter Robert Shillady in the coastal Maine town of Brooklin (population 900), where they built a house with their own hands and no mortgage. She was a member of the Class of 2k8 with her debut novel THE UNNAMEABLES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2008), and is also the author of SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS (Dial Books for Young Readers, January 2011) and TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD (Dial Books for Young Readers, August 2013), and has received multiple starred reviews. She also blogs at The Enchanted Inkpot. Her next novel will be published by Kathy Dawson Books in Fall 2015.
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who loves sci-fi movies, video games, and books of all genres. She goes to Comic Con every year, and in her spare time she volunteers with dog rescue groups. She graduated from UCLA and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and five fluffy white dogs. She’s still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up. Her debut NA novel MORE THAN MUSIC was published in June 2014.
Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade superhero series THE SUPERS OF NOBEL GREEN, consisting of POWERLESS (Knopf, October 2009), winner of multiple state awards including the Rebecca Caudill Book Award, SUPER (Knopf, September 2012), and VILLAINOUS, (Knopf, August 2014); the time-travel adventure THE DEAD GENTLEMAN (Knopf, November 2011); and the historical adventure WILL IN SCARLET (Knopf, October 2013). Outside of novels, Matthew has written for both Marvel and DC comics. Originally from the Midwest, Matthew now lives with his wife and young son in Manhattan.
Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, released in June 2014. Rebekah’s other accomplishments include: World’s Biggest Julie Andrews Fan and current girlfriend to Jane Austen (it’s kind of a one-sided relationship). She is also widely known for singing an impeccable rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Me and My Bobby McGee” and credits herself with single-handedly bringing back tie-dye. Rebekah now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.
Erin was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She “read” her first book at four months, according to family legend, and it’s been impossible to pry her away from a good book since. After she exhausted her local library’s shelves of everything young adult and fantasy, she started writing her own novels. Years and writing workshops later, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to ski and is determined to make the perfect gluten-free cookie. Erin lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and cat.
Trish is a former radio personality and newspaper reporter with a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University. She lives in Florida with her husband, two teenagers and The Cutest Dog in the World. She divides her time between working at Barnes & Noble and writing young adult fiction. Her favorite band is The Slackers. Her debut novel, SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL (Bloomsbury, June 2012), about a Marine home on leave, was named to the Best Fiction for Young Adults list and received numerous accolades. WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE was published by Bloomsbury in September 2013. Her next YA is a thriller entitled THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, which will be published by Bloomsbury in Summer 2015.
Alexandra Duncan is a librarian by day and writer by night. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and has been a frequent contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty – pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi, to name a few. You can visit her online at http://alexandraduncanlit.blogspot.com/. Her debut novel SALVAGE was published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins) in Winter 2014.
S. Terrell French grew up in near Washington, D.C. and spent her summers running barefoot in the forest. She graduated from Harvard College and Berkeley Law, and once spent two months as a Forest Service volunteer in Misty Fiords National Monument in Alaska. She currently lives in the very foggiest part of San Francisco with her husband and three children and divides her time between writing and environmental law. Her debut novel OPERATION REDWOOD won the 2010 John and Patricia Beatty Award, which “honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people.”
Kim Harrington is the author of CLARITY, PERCEPTION, THE DEAD AND BURIED, and FORGET ME for teens and the SLEUTH OR DARE series for kids. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she’s most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. Her first book, CLARITY, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, sold to nine countries, and was optioned for television by Warner Brothers.
Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. She’s always been a bit of a brain, so she wrote a zombie book — BAD TASTE IN BOYS. And she has hair, so she wrote a werewolf book next — BAD HAIR DAY. Sadly, she’s not a demon-fighting derby girl, but that didn’t stop her from tackling her next book, DEMON DERBY. Carrie lives with her ninja-doctor husband and three monster-obsessed children. Learn more about her at carrieharrisbooks.com.
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books for Young Adults. Her work is published in twenty-two languages and has been featured six times on YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults lists, as well as the Teen’s Top Ten in 2006 for 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES. She was a 2006 Andre Norton Award nominee for DEVILISH, and THE NAME OF THE STAR was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Young Adult Literature. Maureen spends a great deal of time online, earning her some dubious and some not-as-dubious commendations, such as being named one of Time Magazine’s top 140 people to follow on Twitter. Outside of YA, she worked with Electronic Arts as the screenwriter for the handheld versions of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, and splits her time between New York City and a mysterious dwelling outside of London.
Julia Karr lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her four cats and three dogs. She grew up in Seymour, fifty miles southeast of her current home. Her love of books led her to be the youngest child to complete the library’s summer reading club – garnering her a photo on the front page of the Seymour Daily Tribune. When her two daughters were little, she wrote them bedtime stories; now that they are grown, she writes novels. Her first book, XVI, a young adult futuristic thriller that began its life as a NaNoWriMo experiment, was published by Speak/Penguin Books for Young Readers in Spring 2011, and was followed by a sequel entitled TRUTH (Speak, January 2012). She’s currently at work on a YA murder mystery.
Stephanie Perkins is proud to be both a book nerd and a movie geek. She loves swashbuckling adventures, mocha lattes, fairy tales, loud music, jasmine tea, neighborhood walks, and afternoon naps. And kissing. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Her debut novel, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, was published to wildly popular acclaim by Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton in December 2010. A companion novel, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, was published in September 2011, and was followed by the New York Times bestseller ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER in August 2014. She is also the editor of the acclaimed holiday anthology MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in October 2014.
Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A fan of state fairs, she was president of her 4-H chapter in fifth grade and hopes one day to attend every state’s fair. She worked at Conde Nast Publications before returning to school to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. Her first novel STEERING TOWARD NORMAL was released by Abrams/Amulet in Spring 2014. You may visit her online at www.rebeccapetruck.com.
Marisa Reichardt is a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. She has a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and dual undergraduate degrees in literature and creative writing from UC San Diego. She spent her college years shucking oysters, waiting tables, and peddling swimwear. She has spent her post-grad years writing, tutoring, and teaching. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she can be found huddled over her laptop in coffeehouses, swimming in the ocean, or eating just enough kale to fit in.
Amy Sonnichsen grew up in Hong Kong and lived in China for eight years as an adult. While in Asia, she picked up some bad habits, including, but not limited to, walking too fast, singing karaoke, eating copious amounts of rice, and replacing ricotta cheese with tofu in homemade lasagna. She now lives in a small town in Washington State with her husband, five kids and two cats, where she’s learning American habits such as cheering herself hoarse at high school football games and baking too many chocolate chip cookies. Her debut middle grade novel in verse, RED BUTTERFLY, will be published by Simon & Schuster Children’s in Spring 2015.
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A. Her debut novel, THE REECE MALCOLM LIST, was published by Entangled in February 2013, and combines many of her favorite things in life, including Stephen Sondheim and boys with great hair. She is also the author of INK IS THICKER THAN WATER (Entangled, December 2013) and the forthcoming KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS) from Poppy/Little Brown.
Eliza has always been fascinated by stories, especially those that feature monsters, secrets or mysteries to be solved. This ultimately led her to two simultaneous careers: writing, and practicing law. When she’s not writing or lawyering, she can usually be found dominating at karaoke, tearing up the dance floor or having deep and meaningful conversations well into the wee hours of the morning. She has an honours degree in Arts from Melbourne University, majoring in Literature and History, and a JD from Melbourne Law School. Eliza is a proud member of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop Class of 2013. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Krista Van Dolzer is a stay-at-home mom by day and a writer by naptime. She holds degrees in Mathematics Education and Economics from Brigham Young University but tries not to talk—or write—like a mathematician. If she’s not typing away on the computer, she’s probably watching college football or wiping someone’s nose. She lives with her husband and three young kids in Mesquite, Nevada, and blogs at Mother. Write. (Repeat.). Her debut novel THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING, an MG historical with a dash of science fiction, will be published by Putnam Books for Young Readers (Penguin) in May 2015.
Sarah is a television writer and proud to have been a part of the entire six season run of the NBC drama, Parenthood, where she currently serves as Executive Producer. Her other credits include About A Boy, The Middleman, The Unusuals, Lipstick Jungle, and Standoff, among other series. She has sold pilots to ABC, FOX, and CBS. Her work has been positively reviewed in The New Yorker, listed as a part of Entertainment Weekly’s “50 Best TV Scenes of the Past Year”, and described by People Magazine as, “dumb but fun”. Sarah grew up in Northern California but decided she wanted to live where the beaches were actually warm after reading GIDGET as a kid. This brought her to UCLA where she majored in English. Learning to surf was a total bust, but Sarah continues to live next to the beach in Santa Monica with her golden retriever, Daisy, named after the heroine of one of her other favorite novels, THE GREAT GATSBY. When not writing on Parenthood Sarah can be found in various Los Angeles coffee shops working on her first novel, an excerpt of which was selected as a finalist for the James Kirkwood Literary Prize.