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Thanks for stopping by! I’m a ridiculous, sometimes cranky, often hungry, frequently writing flibbertigibbet who really hopes she can keep doing this for a living. In case you weren’t sure, my name is pronounced with a soft G sound, as in “gelato.” (Better known soft G Gillians: Gillian Anderson, Gillian Flynn, Gillian Welch, etc.)

My debut novel, GRIT (HarperTeen), was an Indie Next List pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist, was an Edgar Award Finalist, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Finalist, and received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

My other novels include THE DOOR TO JANUARY (Islandport Press; Bram Stoker Award Finalist), THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen; 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection2019 International Thriller Award Finalist, an Amazon Bestselling New Release in both print and audio editions, 2019 Maine Literary Award Winner), THE MISSING SEASON (HarperTeen; 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection, starred review from Booklist), and my upcoming novel for teens, SUGARING OFF (Algonquin Young Readers, Fall 2022). My short fiction has placed in Writer’s Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, as well as appearing in such publications as Weirdbook.

I hold a BA in English from the University of Maine, and I’m a member of The Authors Guild, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and the Mystery Writers of America. I’ve also served as a judge for the Edgar Awards. Currently, I live in my native state of Maine with my husband and three young sons, where I’m perpetually agonizing over my next novel (in the best possible way, of course!)

I’m represented by Alice Tasman of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

Read my interview in The Maine Edge.

8 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I am a middle School librarian and I had a request from a teacher to order your book “The Door to January.” I haven’t read it yet, so I need to know if it has any profanity or sexual situations. Thank you in advance for your help answering these questions.

    Jennifer Elig
    Batavia Local Schools – Librarian


  2. Hi Jennifer–while there is some mild profanity (no F-bombs) and some minor sexuality (i.e. kissing), I would say the violence is probably the most extreme element of the book. No over-the-top gore, but there is off-screen murder. I hope this helps!


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