Harlequin Teen has bought All Out, a short story anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell. The book will feature positive portrayals of LGBTQIA+ characters in historical fiction written by LGBTQIA+ authors, including Kody Keplinger, Benjamín Alire Sàenz, Malinda Lo, Emily M. Danforth, and many others (Me!). It's scheduled for winter 2018.
Excited to announce that I'll be at my fave hometown Brooklyn Book Fest in September! Check out the whole lineup HERE.
I'll be at the Boston Teen Author Fest on September 24! Check out the whole lineup HERE
Excited to be a guest advice giver on Everyone Is Gay again - talking about bringing your whole self to the moment of the thing that you're doing: http://everyoneisgay.com/we-cant-do-it-all/
Douglas aka IndieClique sent me this FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE fan book trailer that he made as a project for his English class! I think I should probably just hire him to direct the movie :-)
FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE was included on the BN TEENblog lists "The Best Young Adult Books of 2015" and "16 YAs That Get it Right: Teen Edition"
From the teen contributors to that list:
Fans of the Impossible Life, by Kate Scelsa
With an offhand, casually humorous yet lyrical style, Scelsa captures the voices of Mira, Sebastian, and Jeremy, three struggling teens who learn to trust one another and find their own identities despite the crushing secrets they keep. What I love about this book is how real it is, and how strong the story arc of friendship is—slowly, the main characters fall in love with each other, but in a different way than expected.
Fans Of The Impossible Life had a powerful depiction of depression, struggling with queer identity in terms of balancing you versus others, and friendship that changed my life because it was the first time I really could even partially see myself in YA. The lyrical writing really did justice to Mira’s and Sebby’s depression because their experience wasn’t one-dimensional but truly jumped off the page, pushed my glass heart on the floor, melted it, and then shoved it back into my chest screaming at it to beat fresh, anew, changed. The backlash that Sebby faced from being queer regarding his foster parents whilst still being proud and confident of himself with Mira and alone was a beautiful and authentic thing; it felt like Sebby was who *I* was, and he definitely is a mirror in many, many ways. The fireproof bond that these two (Mira and Sebby) had where they were so close, lifted each other up and helped each other survive was real for me. I don’t see it too often but I have friendships like these now and in the past that will literally change me forever, and so it was so powerful for me to actually see this emotional, beautiful mess on the page.