The Debut Club: An interview with Kate Scelsa, author of FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE

Sweet Sixteener Evelyn Skye recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Kate Scelsa about her debut contemporary YA novel, FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE (September 8, 2015 from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins).

About the Author:
Kate Scelsa_055e.croppedKate Scelsa grew up in New Jersey, went to school at Sarah Lawrence College, and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats. She spent much of 2002-2013 traveling the world with theater company Elevator Repair Service, performing in their trilogy of works based on great American novels, including an eight hour long show called “Gatz” that used the entire text of The Great Gatsby. Kate is currently collaborating with her dad, the legendary free form radio DJ Vin Scelsa, on a podcast called “The Kate and Vin Scelsa Podcast,” now available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

You can find Kate at her website, on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.




Ten months after her recurring depression landed her in the hospital, Mira is starting over as a new student at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to act like a normal, functioning human this time around, not a girl who sometimes can’t get out of bed for days on end. Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him like a backlit halo.

As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.

FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE is available now at: Amazon, Powell’s, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. 

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The Debut Club: An interview with Heather W. Petty, author of LOCK & MORI

Sweet Sixteener Elly Swartz recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Heather W. Petty about her debut YA detective mystery, LOCK & MORI (September 15, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

About the Author: 
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Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. Lock & Mori is her first novel. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats.

You can visit Heather on her website, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Facebook, and Pinterest.




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In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students, one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty, meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart. Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.

LOCK & MORI is available for purchase at Target, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Powell’s, and  IndieBound.




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The Debut Club: An interview with Mandy Mikulencak, author of BURN GIRL

Sweet Sixteener Sarah Alexander recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Mandy Mikulencak about her debut contemporary YA novel, BURN GIRL (September 1, 2015 from Albert Whitman and Company).

About the Author: Mikulencak_Author_Photo

Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband, Andy. She writes YA and adult fiction.

Find Mandy on her Website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.






A meth lab explosion leaves Arlie permanently scarred — both physically and emotionally. Yet, she develops the street smarts and survival skills to keep her addict mother out of the reach of the law and hidden from her stepfather, Lloyd, the man responsible for the explosion that killed three people.

Shortly after Arlie’s 16th birthday, her mother overdoses, forcing an end to their nomadic lives. Social services steps in and rules suddenly exist where none had before. Soon, she’s living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle and attending high school for the first time.
While her facial scar makes it hard to fit in, Arlie begins to think a normal life might be possible – that is, until her stepfather tracks her down and insists she return drug money her mother had stolen. A final confrontation tests Arlie’s idea of right and wrong, and how far she’s willing to go to protect her new life.

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The Debut Club: An interview with Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS

Sweet Sixteener Jennie K. Brown recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Lisa Lewis Tyre about her debut contemporary middle grade novel, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS (September 29, 2015 from Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin).

About the Author: 

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Lisa Tyre grew up in a small town in Tennessee where the only form of entertainment was watching her crazy family, and even crazier neighbors. She figured out early on that not every child had a pet skunk, a dad that ran a bar in the front yard, or a neighbor that was so large his house had to be torn down to get him out. What else could she do but write? Currently living in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, Lisa’s still been known to spy on her neighbors.

Find Lisa on her Website and Twitter.



Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots.

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Top Sixteen: Literary Pets

Writing can be a lonely art. As debut authors, we have logged many hours at our desks, behind our laptops, and buried in revisions.

How did we survive the self-imposed solitude? With the help of our loyal literary pets.

Get ready for cute overload. For this month’s Top Sixteen List, we’re introducing you to our BFFs, Best Furry (and one Fishy) Friends.



Arya’s author is: Parker Peevyhouse (WHERE FUTURES END)

Bio: Arya eats mostly bananas and books (she especially enjoyed the Norton Anthology of Poetry), and was named by Parker’s husband (a Game of Thrones fan) and seven-year-old son (a Star Wars fan) as that was the only way Parker could convince them to adopt her. (Arya is pictured opening the box of WHERE FUTURES END ARCs for Parker.)

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The Debut Club: An interview with Alexandra Sirowy, author of THE CREEPING

Sweet Sixteener Kali Wallace recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Alexandra Sirowy about her debut YA thriller, THE CREEPING (August 18, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

About the Author: 

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THE CREEPING is Alexandra Sirowy’s first novel. She was born in Northern California and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended a women’s college as an undergraduate and has a graduate degree in International Studies. She lives in Northern California with her husband.

Find Alexandra on her Website, Facebook, and Twitter.






The Creeping Cover HRStella Cambren is the lucky one. When she was a kid, Stella and her friend Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.

Eleven years later, Stella is over it—mostly. She can’t remember a time when people didn’t look at her with a question in their eyes. All Stella wants is to have the best summer of her life. Jeanie’s fate is lost in the black hole of her mind. It’s nothing but the past.

That is, until the fresh corpse of a little girl is found, one with eerie similarities to Jeanie, and Stella’s memories start coming back. As Stella uncovers the truth about the day Jeanie vanished, she discovers a trail of disappearances going back generations. Stella thinks remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t. And before the summer is over, Stella will learn that if you hunt for monsters, you’ll find them.

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The Debut Club: An interview with Shannon Grogan, author of FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU

Sweet Sixteener Julie Eshbaugh recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Shannon Grogan about her debut YA thriller, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU (August 4, 2015 from Soho Teen).

About the Author: 

Shannon GroganShannon Grogan is a second grade teacher who writes at night (and while her kids are at ballet and baseball) in a small logging town east of Seattle. She holds degrees in education, and graphic design/Illustration. When she isn’t writing, she’s baking, reading, watching scary movies, and wishing she were at the beach. You can find out more about her online at

Visit Shannon at Goodreads.





From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan

Reeling from the aftermath of her sister’s drowning and the collapse of her family, 16-year-old Kara focuses on what she knows best: baking cookies. Winning a prestigious baking contest could take her away from a miserable home life. But someone is watching and leaving threatening notes: Kara has a stalker. If she doesn’t figure out who it is, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.

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