Friday, March 21, 2014

So Excited To Announce

Hello, readers. I'm writing this on my announcement day, so you won't see it 'til Friday, but I'm STILL SO EXCITED to tell you.

I have a book deal!

Merit is a wonderful imprint over at F&W Books, and if Jacquelyn Mitchard’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the author of Deep End of the Ocean (and about 20 other books, including  What We Saw At Night and What We Lost In The Dark.) She’s made a name for herself as an author and an editor, and I am so thrilled to have her as my editor. Merit and F&W are the perfect place for HOW WE FALL, and their enthusiasm for my book has blown me away. I never imagined I’d be dealing with a pre-empt, but I’m so confident in the team at Merit that it’s very much a crazy dream come true.

I love this book with everything in me. It’s a quirky YA taboo suspense about obsession and emotional honesty and not letting the world tell you who to be. And I’m so excited to send it out into the world.

Want to see more about HOW WE FALL? Here's the query.

Making out with your cousin has its pitfalls. Seventeen-year-old Jackie hasn’t been able to end her secret relationship with Marcus since he kissed her on a dare. He’s her best friend, which only makes it harder to end their obsessive relationship. Except she has to, because she’s falling in love with him. It’s not like it’s illegal to date her cousin, but her parents would never approve and the families would split up their multi-family home. Afraid of losing her best friend, she calls it off. She can’t lose Marcus right now: the cops just found her missing friend’s body.

Hurt and angry, Marcus starts dating the new girl, Sylvia. But with Sylvia comes a secret and a stranger. The stranger starts following Jackie everywhere she goes, and Marcus is nearly killed in a car accident. When Jackie finds out Sylvia lied about not knowing her murdered friend, Jackie’s certain Sylvia is connected to the man threatening Marcus.

The more Jackie finds out about Sylvia, the bigger the wedge between Jackie and Marcus, but she doesn’t have long to figure out what’s going on. She may have lost both her relationship and her friendship with Marcus, but she can’t lose him for real. If she doesn’t act fast, Sylvia’s secrets may mean their bodies will be the next ones the police dig out of the Missouri woods.

I'm so, so thankful for the support and generosity of the writing community. We don't have coworkers like many professions do-- we have each other. Posting, reading all of your comments, chatting on Twitter, and meeting some of you at conferences has been such a significant part of my writing life. You guys are awesome. Keep it up.

You can read the rest of my announcement over at my personal blog, and if you want to stay updated on HOW WE FALL, you can follow me there, or on Twitter, or on Goodreads!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Congrats, Kate! So excited for you!! It was just last July we were sitting at the MWW conference and I believe you were still querying. Big things have happened for you in the past year -- so great to see it go to a writer who deserves it!

    1. You're right, I was still querying then! And thank you! You're so sweet :)

  2. What great news! Congrats! Also, thanks for sharing your query. It's intriguing and well-written. Looking forward to hearing more about How We Fall leading up to November!

  3. Congratulations! I am so happy for you :)