Meet the Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco Promo shotsKerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her debut, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (JIMMY Patterson Books/Little, Brown September 20,  2016), is a Young Adult Gothic horror inspired by the Ripper murders. It’s about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Lots! As is evident by the much-loved copies of her books, but Shel Silverstein’s WHERE THE SIDEWALKS ENDS was her go-to read.
  • Childhood aspiration: As a kid Kerri wanted to be everything from an artist to a marine biologist to a forensics examiner before she finally settled on creating characters that could do all those things and more.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Between 9 a.m.—4 p.m. She loves sitting in bed, sipping on a banana/almond milk/almond butter smoothie and snuggling with her kitty mews (whose job is NEVER done).
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: One of the last book’s that Kerri read was one of her favorites CRIMSON CROWN by Cinda Williams Chima. She can’t get enough of good fantasy and strong female characters.
  • Favorite thing to do (besides reading): A self-proclaimed foodie, Kerri loves cooking for family and friends and even runs her own food blog, where she shares her recipes and foodie creations. She’s also a liiiiittle obsessed with reality TV that has anything to do with cooking. Or the Bachelor.
  • Favorite sports team: Kerri moved to the south recently, but she will always, always bleed Yankees blue.
  • Surprising personal fact: Even though Kerri is a massive foodie, she’s got a bunch of food allergies that make dining out nearly impossible.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Getting to share this incredible journey with an amazing group of writers who are not only fiercely talented, but are kind and kick-butt beyond measure.

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The Debut Club: An interview with Dawn Kurtagich, author of THE DEAD HOUSE

Sweet Sixteener Ruth Lehrer recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Dawn Kurtagich about her debut YA novel, THE DEAD HOUSE (Orion Publishing, August 6, 2015 (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 15, 2015 (US).

DK3.1About the Author: 

Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert. She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League. Her life reads like a YA novel.

Find Dawn on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, YouTube, and The Dead House website.

The Dead House UK and US CoversAbout THE DEAD HOUSE:

Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

THE DEAD HOUSE is available for purchase at:,, Powells, BAM, B&N, and IndieBound.

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The Debut Club: An interview with Chandler Baker, author of ALIVE

Sweet Sixteener Kali Wallace recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Chandler Baker about her YA horror novel, ALIVE (June 9, 2015, Disney-Hyperion).

Chandler Baker_authorphotoAbout the Author: 

Chandler Baker got her start ghost-writing novels for teens and ‘tweens before turning to her own stories. She grew up in Florida, went to college in Pennsylvania, and studied law in Texas where she now lives with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.

Find Chandler on her website, Instagram, Goodreads, or Twitter.



Alive-Final_Print-3About ALIVE:

Stella Cross’s heart is poisoned. After years on the transplant waiting list, she’s running out of hope that she’ll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone’s radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.

Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart? After all, the heart never lies…does it?

ALIVE is available for purchase at AmazonPowell’s, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.
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The Debut Club: An interview with Courtney Alameda, author of SHUTTER

Sweet Sixteener Randi Pink recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Courtney Alameda about her YA thriller/horror debut novel, SHUTTER (February 3, 2015 Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan).

Courtney PhotoAbout the Author:

Courtney Alameda’s spent her entire career trying to con and cajole people into reading great books. A veteran of the big-box bookstore trenches, Courtney now works as a librarian for the prettiest library you’ve ever seen, where she spends her time ordering large stacks of YA books, doing readers’ advisory, and dressing up as various mythical creatures for a variety of library events.

Courtney holds a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She is represented by the amazing and talented John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah.


Find Courtney on her website, FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Shutter Cover PhotoAbout SHUTTER:

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying. Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.



SHUTTER is available for purchase at Amazon, Powell’s, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Randi: The concept of SHUTTER is incredibly unique! How did you conceive the idea?

Courtney: Thank you! All my novels generally start with the wisp of a character—in SHUTTER’s case, I saw a girl fighting a massive ultraviolet ghost, armed only with a camera. She piqued my curiosity, and the more I followed her around on the page, the more I came to know about her world of tetrachromats, necrotic monsters, and ghosts. 

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Meet the Author: Kali Wallace

Kali WallaceKali Wallace studied geophysics before she realized she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds more than she liked researching the real one. After a lifetime in Colorado, she decided on a whim to trade the mountains for the beach and now lives in southern California. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and

Kali’s debut, SHALLOW GRAVES (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016), is a YA literary horror tale in which a murdered teenage girl is resurrected as an undead creature with dangerous powers. She must find a way to reconcile memories of her old, normal life with the magical underworld to which she now belongs, a world populated by monsters from international folklore as well as the people who hunt them.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: I WANT TO GO HOME! by Gordon Korman
  • Childhood aspiration: Pastry chef
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: A nice coffee shop in the morning, with a nice cup of coffee as fuel
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Fearless Fifteener Sarah Benwell’s THE LAST LEAVES FALLING
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Hiking, traveling, cooking
  • Favorite sports teams: The Unseen Academicals
  • Surprising personal fact: She has a completely irrational fear of moths
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Getting to know all the other fantastic writers looking forward to their debuts–not to mention finally being able to tell people that her first novel is coming out next year

Where to find her:

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