Meet the Author: Paula Garner

Paula GarnerPaula Garner spends most of her time playing with words and food, despite being surrounded by an alarming TBR pile and a very bad cat. Paula is represented by Molly Jaffa of Folio Lit, and lives in the Chicago area with her family.

Paula’s debut, PHANTOM LIMBS (Candlewick, Sept. 27, 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Sixteen-year-old Otis copes with grief by swimming, training to fulfill the lost Olympic dream of his tyrannical one-armed friend/self-appointed coach, Dara, but her hold on him is threatened when his first love comes back to town, forcing Otis to face the tragedy that drove them apart.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: She never would have been able to pick just one! 
  • Childhood aspiration: Writer 
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: BONE GAP by Laura Ruby 
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Consuming things and making things to be consumed. 
  • Favorite sports teams: Chicago Bulls 
  • Surprising personal fact: The summer she turned sixteen, she worked for a chimney sweep. 
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Sharing a debut year with so many other talented writers!

Where to find her:

Twitter | Goodreads | Add Book

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