Meet the Author: Casey Lyall

Casey LyallCasey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. Casey also loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.

Casey’s debut, HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. (Sterling Children’s Books, September 6, 2016), is a Middle Grade Mystery novel. A lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Three-way tie between A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT by Madeleine L’Engle, DANNY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Roald Dahl, and the rest of her book collection.
  • Childhood aspiration: Writer or a member of JEM and the Holograms.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Any time between 9 pm and 5 am, seated at the kitchen table, surrounded by cats.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watching all the shows and all the movies, baking, writing, pretending to work out at the gym when actually snoozing on the mats, taking her bike out for a cruise, and singing on the phone with her nieces.
  • Favorite sports teams: In no particular order – The Rockford Peaches, Average Joe’s, the Washington Sentinels, the Zucchini Warriors, the Mighty Ducks, the Dillon Panthers, Puddlemere United, East High Wildcats, and the Little Giants.
  • Surprising personal fact: She was once in a karaoke contest on a cruise ship. She didn’t win, but she sang Bohemian Rhapsody so really…didn’t everyone win?
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being one year away from sharing her book with the world and having these Sweet new friends to share the adventure with!

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: KC Held

KC HeldK.C. HELD was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France. Married to her high school sweetheart, and mom to two avid bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and has worked as a freelance costumer in opera, theater, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.

K.C.’s debut, HOLDING COURT (Entangled Teen, March 1, 2016) is a Young Adult Mystery. When a sixteen year-old girl with an embarrassing psychic gift she can’t control takes a job at a castle-turned-dinner theater, all she wants is the chance to wear a fancy gown and ogle her crush from afar, but when she stumbles over a dead body that promptly disappears, she must prove she didn’t hallucinate a dead girl before the killer strikes again.

Fun facts:

  • Childhood aspiration: An Egyptologist.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: On her treadmill desk, after drinking a giant cup of tea.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS edited by Jessica Spotswood.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Traveling, hiking, cooking, getting crafty.
  • Surprising personal fact: She competed in the Pillsbury Bake-off in college, alas her Toffee Mocha Pie failed to win the grand prize. But she did get to meet the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being on this journey with some of my favorite people, and meeting many more fellow book lovers!

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Judy Sheehan

Judy SheehanJudy Sheehan always knew she wanted to write, but she got distracted by theater. She was one of the original cast member/creators of the long-running hit Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding and was the playwright-in-residence at New York’s Looking Glass Theatre. She had plays produced there, and at regional theaters around the country. She lives in New York City where frequently misses her subway stop because she’s reading.

Judy’s debut novel, I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL (Random House/Delacorte, March 22, 2016), is a Young Adult contemporary fantasy mystery. Last night, Sarah was a bridesmaid, dressed in hideous mango chiffon. Today, she woke up dead at the Mall of America, where she must work through the unfinished business of her unfinishable life. But Sarah is tied to life and the living in ways that surprise her, especially when she learns that the one person she loves back on Earth is in grave (yes grave) danger.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: HELEN KELLER’S TEACHER. Because words.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: She’s one of those Starbucks/laptop people.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Bake, eat, walk it off, and start over.
  • Surprising personal fact: Judy is the 10th of 12 children.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Sharing the journey and discovering so many universes with universes from so many gifted authors.

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Add Book

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 Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, author of BOOK SCAVENGER

Sweet Sixteener Jenn Bishop recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Jennifer Chambliss Bertmam about her debut MG contemporary mystery novel BOOK SCAVENGER (June 2, 2015 from Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan).

JenniferChamblissBertmanAbout the Author: 

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now lives in Colorado with her family. She studied writing and dance at the University of California, Irvine, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. When she was eighteen, she interned for a magazine in Manhattan and has worked in publishing ever since. A sequel to BOOK SCAVENGER and a third stand-alone mystery are forthcoming in 2016 and 2017.

Find Jennifer on her websiteTwitter, and Goodreads. And make sure to visit to follow BOOK SCAVENGER news and play the game in real life.

Book-Scavenger-coverAbout BOOK SCAVENGER:

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target.

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The Debut Club: An interview with Jennifer Latham, author of SCARLETT UNDERCOVER

Sweet Sixteener Tobie Easton recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Jennifer Latham about her debut YA mystery/detective novel, SCARLETT UNDERCOVER (May 19, 2015 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

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Jennifer Latham has had some really normal jobs and some really weird ones, including school psychologist, middle school teacher, yoga instructor, and autopsy assistant. She was born in New York City and currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Scarlett Undercover is her debut novel.

Find Jennifer on her website, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.




Latham_ScarlettUndercover_HCAbout SCARLETT UNDERCOVER:

Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, ready to take on crime in her hometown. When Scarlett agrees to investigate a local boy’s suicide, she figures she’s in for an easy case and a quick buck. But it doesn’t take long for suicide to start looking a lot like murder. As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks…and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father’s murder. Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.


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