Who I Am

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I am a multiply published novelist and short story writer. I sold my first short story when I was twenty-two, and my first novel when I was twenty-four. I was actively pursuing a writing career throughout high school, which makes my experience particularly accessible to aspiring writers at that age. As a minority and as a woman, I can also speak to the intersection of marginalized identities and the pursuit of a career that has been historically dominated by white men (though of course that has greatly changed in the last several decades). I have been published both by small and large presses, have changed agents, and have been a member for the last five years of one of the premier writing groups in NYC (Altered Fluid). All of this gives me a unique perspective on writing as a career and as a vocation.

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The Burning City. Chicago: Agate Bolden, 2010.

Detective Frankenstein. Minneapolis: Graphic Universe, 2011.

The Goblin King. Minneapolis: Graphic Universe, 2009.

Moonshine: a Novel. New York: Thomas Dunne /St. Martin’s, 2010.

Racing the Dark. Chicago: Agate Bolden, 2008.

The Summer Prince. New York: Scholastic, 2013.

Wicked City: a Zephyr Hollis Novel. New York: Thomas Dunne, 2012. (Forthcoming)


Short stories and articles:

“Among Their Bright Eyes.” Fantasy Magazine (Issue #4). 2006. Print.

“Down the Well.” Strange Horizons. August 2008. <http://strangehorizons.com/>.

“Far and Deep.” Interzone (Issue #221). March/April 2009. Print.

“The Inconstant Moon.” Tor.com. April 4 2012 (a Zephyr Hollis novelette, prequel to Moonshine).

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” in Black, Holly, and Justine Larbalestier, eds. Zombies vs. Unicorns. New

York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2010. Print.

“A Prince of Thirteen Days” in Black, Holly, and Ellen Kushner, eds. Welcome to Bordertown: New

Stories and Poems of the Borderlands. New York: Random House, 2011. Print.

“The Revenant of Tokyo Bay: Godzilla and the Japanese Ghost.” The Internet Review of Science Fiction,

March 2004.  <http://irosf.com/>.

“The Score” in Sherman, Delia, and Christopher Barzak, eds. Interfictions 2: an Anthology of Interstitial

Writing. Boston, MA: Interstitial Arts Foundation, 2009. Print.

“Shard of Glass.” Strange Horizons. February 2005. <http://strangehorizons.com/>.

“A Song to Greet the Sun.” Fantasy Magazine. Fall 2009. <http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/>.

“Their Changing Bodies.” Subterranean Magazine. Gwenda Bond, ed. Special YA issue. Summer 2011.


“They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass.” Asimov’s Science Fiction, January 2013.

“Third Day Lights.” Interzone (Issue #200). September/October 2005.

“The Yeast of Eire.” Strange Horizons. September 2009. <http://strangehorizons.com/>.


Awards and honors:

Junior Library Guild selection for The Summer Prince, Spring 2013.

YALSA nominee for their BFYA list for The Summer Prince, 2013.

Finalist for the 2011 Carl Brandon Society Parallax award for novel Moonshine.

Finalist for the 2011 Carl Brandon Society Kindred award for novel The Burning City.

Top Ten finalist for the 2010 Million Writers Award for short story “A Song to Greet the Sun.”

Winner of the 2008 Gulliver Travel Grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation.

Finalist for the 2006 Carl Brandon Society Parallax award for short story “Shard of Glass.”

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