Counting Backwards: Florida Book Awards Gold Medal Winner

FloridaBookAwardYou guys, I just found out, Counting Backwards won the Florida Book Awards gold medal in the YA lit category. I’m so excited I’m squeeing all over the place! And the only thing better than winning the gold medal in YA lit is winning it on your birthday, which is today! My squee cannot be contained.

A special thank you to Angele McQuade and Heather Whitaker, the best writing partners a girl can have. My agent, Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary and Namrata Tripathi and the Atheneum crew for raising me up. Celebrate, celebrate…

I love Florida!

Me, irresistibly sweet?

Thank you, Jenna Cooper, for the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. I accept!

First off, I’d like to thank Literally YA for nominating me for this prestigious award. Here are 7 fun facts about me:

1. I once lived on a sailboat named Tondelao.

2. My favorite ice cream is mint cookies n’ cream.

3. I am very good at foosball.

4. I prefer coffee to tea.

5. My sign is Aquarius.

6. My favorite Star Wars character is Chewbacca.

7. I believe zebras are black with white stripes.

 And in keeping with the duties of Miss Irresistibly Sweet, I’d like to point you all to my Sweet 16 blogs on writing:

Amanda’s Wrinkled Pages


Cheryl Klein

Finders & Keepers

Forever Young Adult

Heather Whitaker

Jennifer (Represents) Laughran

John Green

Kody “the DUFF” Keplinger

Laurie Halse Anderson

Libba Bray

Literary Rambles

Reader Rants

Red Eye Writers

Sara Zarr

Scott Westerfeld

My writing mantra: Just Keep Writing.

Thank you all!