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I have some big news that I’ve been sitting on for the last few months! Now that it’s been formally announced I can finally share:

My first two books will be published by Little, Brown!!!!!!!!!!!

A screen grab of the announcement in Publishers Weekly:


And the Goodreads page is already up here!

I’m ecstatic and overwhelmed, to say the least. I can’t believe how lucky I am — I’ve admired Alvina Ling for years, and now I get to call her my editor! I’m so deliriously happy to have joined the LBYR family.

I figured out when I was seven years old that I wanted to be a published novelist. I’m 27 right now. That’s two decades of dreaming. And now it’s almost real. It felt so wonderfully strange when people started referring to me as an “author” instead of just a “writer” — sometimes it’s hard to believe this life is mine.

We sold the book at the beginning of March — publishing is generally very slow, so I was blown away at how quickly it all went. (This was largely thanks to my agent, Michael Bourret, who is absolutely brilliant and magical.) Then we spent the last few months trying to figure out what the official title would be. I’ve previously referred to this book as “USLS,” which stood for UPPER SEA, LOWER SKY, and which matched the book nicely…but we wanted something better. And now that I’m revising, it’s clear that original title doesn’t work anymore. It was actually just a few weekends ago that I came up with THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER — and it feels perfect.

This is me signing my contract back in April. Yes, signing paperwork did in fact call for putting on my favorite lipstick.


I’ve gotten my first edit letter, so what I’m working on now is my first round of changes on TACOA under contract. (It’s going to take me a while to get used to that new acronym!) I’m also trying to simultaneously do a bit of first drafting on my untitled second book. (“Trying” being the key word there.)

Life is wild. Life is busy. Life is amazing.

And THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is scheduled to be published in spring 2018. (!!!)

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