I’ve been following Nita Tyndall for what feels like years, reading their posts on Barnes & Noble’s YA blog and insightful comments on the state of LGBTQ+ kid-lit on social media. They are a powerful voice in the literary community, and it has been such a joy to represent them.
And it’s SUCH a joy making this announcement.
Thrilled to say that Nita Tyndall’s debut, WHO I WAS WITH HER, will be published by HarperTeen in 2020, having been acquired by Catherine Wallace.
A powerful story about a teen track star who loses her girlfriend in a tragic accident, it digs into some really intense places. What is it like to grieve for someone no one else knew existed? To mourn a loss you cannot bring yourself to talk about? It’s a heartbreaking novel, and I adore it.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried a whole lot on the phone when I called Nita about this book deal. It was not pretty.
Here’s a bit about the book from Publishers Marketplace:
Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat Fellow Nita Tyndall’s WHO I WAS WITH HER, in which a closeted teen girl loses her secret girlfriend in a car accident, and finds herself mourning the loss of a person and relationship no one around her knew existed, and completely unable to talk about it with anyone, to Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen, for publication in Fall 2020, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary (World English).
Congrats Nita! This has been a long time coming, and I cannot wait to see your words in bookstores everywhere. Be sure to follow them on Twitter, and send your congrats.