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YA writer.
I'm represented by Marietta B. Zacker of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. My YA contemporary novels WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN and WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED are out now from Bloomsbury.

Chocolate addict.
Gelato, cake, cupcakes, cookies, hot drinks, Cadbury Mini Eggs, and, and, and... 

Book hoarder.
I go to a lot of author events. I wind up with a lot of books. Hey, that wall could use a bookshelf.


Crafter.
Oil painting, watercolors, paper crafts.

Eater of pizza.
Cheese. Mushrooms. Red pepper flakes.





WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN

Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

The perfect reckless romance to enjoy whether you are home or abroad.

“With Italy's brilliant landscapes, a main character you'll love from the first line and a new dreamy book boyfriend (he's mine!), WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN is a charming and addictive read. Devour this delicious treat like a double scoop of gelato.” —Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage and Sean Griswold’s Head.



WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED


If Only . . . he was the boy she's been dreaming of.

Drama girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she's struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family--but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball--not dance--is Jessie's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?
 

"Sweet, sassy, and authentically teen, What You Always Wanted deftly navigates friendship, family, and first love. Maddie is sure to dance her way into readers’ hearts."
Rachael Allen, author of 17 First Kisses and The Revenge Playbook


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where I still live with my husband, daughter, and two boxers. 

Why don't you sound like you're from Texas?

Most of my family is from Illinois, so my accent is a little mixed up. The Texan in me comes out when I'm tired.

How can I get a signed copy of your book?

Signed copies can be ordered from my local indie, Blue Willow Bookshop, HERE.

How did you get your agent?

I queried like the wind and she pulled me out of the slush pile. It really can happen! Read my post about the experience HERE.

Can you read my unpublished writing / tell your agent about me?

I'm sorry. It's as hard for authors to say no as it is for you to hear, but there are a number of reasons why this would be inappropriate. 

Where did you get the inspiration for Wish You Were Italian?

In 2009, hubs and I went to Italy with some friends, and I knew I had to set a story there someday. Two years later I went to Houston Teen Book Con where I heard some amazing contemporary authors speak on a panel, and my eyes were opened. Contemporary was for me! I was so inspired, I sat down the next day and flipped through my Italy pictures, asking myself questions. What would happen if a teen girl went to Italy? Maybe without her parents, like for a summer program? What if she skipped out on said summer program and didn't tell anyone where she really was? 

Can you send me a copy of your book?

Sorry, I can't. Even my friends and family have to buy their own copies. Requests for review copies will be forwarded to my publicist.

What about swag?

I will send swag to anyone who mails a SASE to:
Kristin Rae, PO Box 130093, The Woodlands, TX 77393