Welcome to my lair.

Just kidding. I don’t really have a lair, unless you count my closet. 

I’m pretty seriously obsessed with the 80s and serial killers and magic, all things that scare and fascinate me. If I wasn’t a writer, I probably would have been a forensic psychologist, or Clarice Starling, or possibly a nurse in an insane asylum in 1947.

My first two books are This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, YA books about love and family and the afterlife and siblings and head injuries (not in any particular order). My next YA, Mayhem, will be out with Wednesday Books/St.Martin’s Press in Spring/Summer of 2019, and is a mash-up of The Lost Boys and The Craft (I know that came out in the 90s so don’t email me a correction) with some Manson Family-inspired bits thrown in.

I like magic and how mysterious we are, all of us, and how light and dark, and I write about that.

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But Then I Came Back by Estelle LaureWhat do you do when you wake up from a coma?

Go back to the way things were? Or start something new?

From the author of This Raging Light comes the story of Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl who feels not only lost after her accident, but like she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife with her. Unable to connect to family and friends, Eden becomes obsessed with the mysterious girl lying in a coma in the room next to hers at the hospital, Jasmine, who she recognizes from her time between life and death. Joe, Jasmine’s best friend, might have the answers Eden needs about why Jasmine and Eden are so tied together, and if not, he may be enough to bring Eden back to life.

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This Raging Light by Estelle LaureCan the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

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Notes From the Well

July: Bonnie Pipkin and her Aftercare Instructions/Questions

  Why did you choose to begin the story immediately following the abortion, rather than when Genesis is making the decision whether or not to have the abortion?   I never wanted there to be any question whether she would go through with it or not. Taking this angle, I… Read more

Favorite thing : A.S. King

I’ve been moving. Again. This is my fourth house in as many years, and hopefully the last for a good long while since I bought it. Touching all my things is gross. That whole Marie Conde thing about needing all your belongings to bring you joy? If I followed that… Read more

Favorite Thing: Little Rock Central High School

I geeked out when I found out I would be going to Little Rock Central High School, which spans four city blocks, and when it was built in 1927 for 1.5 million dollars was considered the most architecturally beautiful school in the country. I knew about the Little Rock Nine… Read more