Friday, October 1, 2010

Colleen Clayton: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

BIO: Colleen Clayton writes YA fiction for older teens and teaches writing at Youngstown State University. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Kent State University and an MFA from the Northeast Ohio Consortium (NEOMFA). In former lives, she has worked as a social worker in a residential treatment center for teens, as program supervisor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley, and has tended bar at way too many dive pubs to count.

These days, she lives in Youngstown with her husband, two teenagers, a Papillion who thinks she’s a cat, and a Siamese who thinks he’s a dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or teaching, she likes to visit relatives in West crazy things like chainsaw trees and 4-wheel up mountainsides.


The story of a tenacious 16-year-old girl named Sid, who, after a life-altering incident on a school ski trip, is afraid to get close to anyone until an unlikely slacker teaches her to trust again. Pitched as Jennifer Weiner’s GOOD IN BED meets Sara Zarr’s STORY OF A GIRL, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT is a contemporary YA novel debuting in Fall 2012 with Poppy; an imprint of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Five Heartbreaking Songs for the Apocalypse:

Never is a Promise by Fiona Apple
Empty by Ray LaMontagne
LinkThe Genius Next Door by Regina Spektor
Mad World (Gary Jules version)
Save Me by Aimee Mann

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