I’m the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing), and The Impostor Queen (McElderry, January 2016).
I’m also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn. My first adult urban fantasy romance series, Servants of Fate, includes Marked, Claimed, and Fated, all published by 47North in 2015, and my second adult UF series — The Reliquary, kicks off in summer 2016. When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing. Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.
- If you ask me where I’m from, I’ll say Indiana. But I was born in California and lived in Maryland, Texas, and Toronto before my parents settled in the Hoosier state.
- I have the approximate musical tastes of an adolescent boy. Trust me.
- If you fry it, I’ll probably be willing to eat it.
- Psychology Training: BA in Psychology from Hope College. PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. Pediatric Psychology Internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Postdoctoral Fellowship, specializing in early childhood, at Brown University School of Medicine.
- Writing Training: Er … I don’t have any. But check out my Resources page for links to sites that helped me scrape and claw my way from clueless newbie to multi-published author.
A few questions I get asked a lot:
- Are you psychoanalyzing me right now?
No. Only psychoanalysts psychoanalyze, and I’m not one of those. I promise. Also, if I meet you in person, I’m probably more focused on not being an awkward duck than on the inner workings of your psyche.
- Do past clients/patients ever appear in your stories?
NO NO NO. A thousand times NO. I respect my clients’ privacy and their personal journeys, and would never exploit their bravery, vulnerability, or honesty for use in my fiction. I’ve learned a lot during my career in psychology, and I do use those general observations and knowledge to inform my character development, but you will never see a depiction of a past or present client of mine in any of my novels.
- Can I contact you if I have a personal issue I want to talk about?
No, and here’s why: I believe every person who needs or wants help should receive the highest quality treatment available, and I would never be able to provide that via email. Heck, I don’t even hand out psychological advice to friends of friends (and I’ve been asked a lot), because I believe it’s unethical to hand out psychological guidance that’s only based on a few sentences-worth of information. On my Resources page, there are some links to therapist directories that can be used to find live, local therapists who can give you the kind of help you deserve.
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