I’m in the new Dear Teen Me book!

I’m proud (and excited!) to be a contributor in the upcoming Dear Teen Me book (based on the blog by the same name) from Zest Books. 70+ Young Adult authors are part of the book, including Ellen Hopkins, Carrie Jones, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tera Lynn Childs, Mitali Perkins, Sara Zarr, Bethany Hegedus, Janet Gurtler, and many more fantastic YA writers, all writing letters to their teen selves! The letters in Dear Teen Me cover compelling and important issues including sexual and physical abuse, body image issues, bullying, friendship, love, and insecurity–all things I think we need to talk about and know that we’re not alone in.

My own letter to my teen self (and teens today) is titled Keep Hold Of Your Strength. I talk about the effects of abuse and the things that helped me survive and later thrive.

The book is edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally, who are also contributors to the book.

Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan, a contemporary YA novel about football and femininity (December 2011). Other books include Playing Parker (Fall 2012) and Bad, Bad Thing (Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-creator, with E. Kristin Anderson, of the Dear Teen Me blog and book (Zest Books, November 2012). @MirandaKennealy

E. Kristin Anderson is the co-editor of the upcoming Dear Teen Me anthology (Zest Books, November 2012), based on the website of the same name. As a poet she has been published worldwide in around two dozen literary journals, from the indie-queen Fuselit, to the prestigious Cimarron Review. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children’s section. @ek_anderson

Dear Teen Me releases October 31, 2012 from ZestBooks, but you can pre-order it now!

You can connect with Dear Teen Me on their blog and Facebook page.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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