I wrote my first novel longhand in the empty pages of engineering class notebooks at Rutgers University, tuning out the professors droning on about the Mechanics of Solids (an actual class name!) to write fiction instead. I went on to get my engineering degree and a corresponding career but I continued to write in my spare time, the only thing that kept me sane after long days spent with math-minded engineers who never quite got my love of writing or alternative music. I went back to school later in life for a writing degree that exposed me to the brilliant insanity of artistic-minded friends and taught me the skills to write the YA stories I’ve always wanted to tell.
I started an indie rock music blog a decade ago and have attended at least a couple hundred shows in that time, eventually moving to Hoboken, NJ, for the convenience of seeing little-known bands play intimate shows in Manhattan, or sharing mosh pits with crazed hardcore fans in DIY spaces in Brooklyn. My engineering company’s offices are located in southern PA, which reminds me culturally of where I grew up in southern NJ, and sparked the setting of my latest novel, a story that combines my love of music and YA fiction (not just for teens!) and features a quiet kid coming out in a conservative place who drums in a hardcore band.
Represented by: Veronica Park