Honestly I’m not sure when I first met Summer Heacock. She’s always been a constant on Twitter and later, at conferences and book festivals. Her debut, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky, was my favorite romance novel back in 2017, and is a book I still frequently tell people about.
She’s hilarious and brilliant, and I’m so happy I’ll be co-authoring a novel with her, due out with Inkyard Press in 2021.
In ORIGIN STORY, you’re going to meet Caleb and Quinn, two spectacular messes, in a story that’s wildly close to the two of us. It’s a novel about making mistakes, respecting boundaries, complicated friendships, and questions about family. Here’s the quick blip from Publisher’s Weekly:
Lauren Smulski at Inkyard Press has acquired, on exclusive submission, Summer Heacock and Eric Smith’s Origin Story, an #OwnVoices YA contemporary about two adoptees from very different backgrounds grappling with the question of what it really means to be family. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Brent Taylor and Uwe Stender at TriadaUS represented Heacock, and Dawn Frederick at Red Sofa Literary represented Smith in the deal for World English rights.
There’s a huge chance you’ve seen Summer’s adoption story, as she went wildly viral with it last year. And me, I’ve written about adoption in a few of my books, including The Girl and the Grove, my adoption-themed anthology Welcome Home, and my upcoming story in Sangu Mandanna’s Color Outside the Lines.
A story like this one is so personal, and I hope you love it as much as we love writing it.