new novels + an anthology

In case you missed me flailing around on Twitter yesterday—I’ve sold two more books!

From the Publishers Weekly announcement: Alvina Ling at Little, Brown has acquired Pointe author Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion, about a black and Jewish Los Angeles native dealing with the aftermath of her stepbrother’s mental health crisis while navigating unexpected love. Publication is set for spring 2017. Tina Wexler at ICM did the two-book deal for world English rights.

I was going to write a thing about the background of coming up with this story, but the tl; dr version? People aren’t wrong about the second book being…difficult. It took a long time to get this one right, guys. I sold on proposal, but I’ve honestly lost count of how many versions Little & Lion went through before my agent and I were both happy with the sample pages. Which was exhausting, but you keep at it when you know there’s a story in there, and I’m so happy I did. And that I have such an amazingly patient and encouraging agent who never gives up on me. And that I get to work with the indomitable Alvina Ling at Little, Brown. I’m excited about the characters and the story and the setting (my beloved Los Angeles!), and I absolutely cannot wait to share Little & Lion with you!

So then more news was announced yesterday, which you’ve probably most definitely heard about: the sale of Stephanie Perkins’ next anthology, Summer Days & Summer Nights. I am so honored and unbelievably thrilled that I get to contribute a short story, along with the exceedingly talented authors taking part in this project. I love, love short stories and anthologies, and I know this one is going to be excellent!

And if you’re the type of person who likes to add to-read books on Goodreads? You can add Little & Lion here and Summer Days & Summer Nights here!