I Wrote a YA Novel and Now It Has Won a Prize

I am so excited and proud to finally be able to announce to you that my YA novel, Vivian Versus the Apocalypse, has been named a winner of the Young Writers Prize and will be published by Hot Key Books in September of this year. Behold, the cover art!:

And the synopsis!:

VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE is a chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ – or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…

Many congratulations to my fellow winner, Joe Ducie, whose novel The Rig sounds insane and exciting. I am so grateful to the judging panel (including Will Hill, who writes really kindly about my and Joe’s novels at his blog) for enjoying this story that I so loved writing. AND it is surreal and wonderful to be working with Hot Key Books, which—as far as I can tell—is comprised of the most enthusiastic, dedicated, brilliant group of book-loving people in the galaxy. Here is the full press release! Here is an article about it in The Guardian! AND here is the first chapter, for your reading pleasure! What is even happening?!

You guys, September 2013 is shaping up to be the best month of my life. Champagne for everybody from now until forever.


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    WOW! Congrats, can’t wait to read it.
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