Monthly Archives: March 2014


There’s a new look to this wappleebsite. Over the weekend, I managed to break the whole site (well, what I really did was learn that the theme I was using was not compatible with the latest version of wordpress. This led to brokenness). Consequently, I ended up purchasing a new theme and fiddling around with it for hours. I’m still figuring it out as I go and fixing glitches, but at least it’s up and running.

Other than that, life’s been in a lull this past week. I’ve got a draft of my new book out with readers, and I’m waiting for feedback on a big chunk of my dissertation. As such, I’ve been reading furiously of late, visiting friends, watching X-Files with my kids, and taking walks with our new pup in between cloudbursts.

That’s a good kind of peace. A good time to deal with a little brokenness, too.


#SVYALit project: talking about sexual violence in YA books

Librarian Karen Jensen and YA authors Carrie Mesrobian, Trish Doller, and Christa Desir have recently done some incredible work to put together a huge assortment of online resources, as well as a virtual program that is focused on discussing issues of sexual violence in YA literature. I’m really excited to be a part of the next online discussion that will take place via google hangout on Wednesday, March 26 at noon (EST). Carrie Mesrobian will be moderating, and the panel will include myself, Rachele Alpine, and Brendan Kiely.

Rachele is the author of CANARY: canary

Brendan is the author of THE GOSPEL OF WINTER.


Both books are excellent, powerful reads, and I highly recommend them. You can watch the panel live on March 26 (I’ll update this post with the URL closer to the date), and it will also be recorded and available to watch on Karen’s website. I hope you’ll check it out!

Link to the video:


New book news and signs of spring

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I am so excited to finally be able to share this news. From Publisher’s Weekly…

Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s has acquired the third YA novel from Stephanie Kuehn, Delicate Monsters, a psychological thriller about a teenage sociopath returning to her hometown, and the brothers whose lives are forever changed by her reappearance. Kuehn won the 2014 William C. Morris Award for her debut YA novel, Charm & Strange. Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.

I am thrilled to be working with Sara Goodman again, and I am so very grateful to Michael Bourret for making this possible. There is nothing more inspiring than having people who believe in your work and who challenge you to grow.

This book. This book.