What books have you written?

My debut young adult thriller, One of Us Is Lying, was released May 2017 from Delacorte Press. My second book, Two Can Keep a Secret, was released in January 2019 and my third book, One of Us Is Next, (a sequel to One of Us Is Lying), came out in January 2020. My fourth book, The Cousins, a standalone YA mystery, will be published in December 2020, and my fifth book, You'll Be the Death of Me, is coming in fall 2021.

A boxed set for One of Us Is Lying & One of Us Is Next is now available.

Where can I find signed copies of your books?

Signed copies of The Cousins can be pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

Will you write a third One of Us book?

I have no current plans; at the moment I'm drafting my sixth contracted book, which will be a standalone young adult mystery publishing after You'll Be the Death of Me. However, I love the Bayview High universe as much as my readers, and if the right story idea comes to me, I am not opposed to returning there!

How about a sequel to Two Can Keep a Secret?

Unlikely, but I never say never :)

What's happening with the One of Us Is Lying TV series?

Good news: on August 12, 2020, the pilot was picked up for series, and eight episodes will run on NBC's new streamer, Peacock. Timing TBD but likely at some point in 2021. How/where international viewers can watch is still to be determined.

Are any of your other books being adapted for film?

Two Can Keep a Secret has been optioned for feature development by Erik Feig’s Picturestart Production Company. John Sacchi and Matt Groesch’s 5 More Minutes Productions are set to produce.

I have a school project due on your book, can I ask you some questions?

I'm so happy you are reading my book for school, but due to the volume of requests I receive, I'm not able to provide answers for school projects. All the personal information I choose to share publicly about myself can be found either on this page, or the About page. You can also visit my News page for interviews with me and articles about my work.

Do you do school and/or library visits?

I am not currently scheduling any school visits, either virtually or in person.

I'd like to review your book, can you send me a copy?

I don't have review copies to distribute, sorry! North American reviewers can check NetGalley, or contact my publisher at rhkidspublicity (at) randomhouse.com.  If you are an international reviewer, please visit the individual book pages on this site for a list of international publishers. I'm sorry that I do not have individual contact information for international publishers. Please note that if the book is currently available in stores and libraries, publishers may no longer be offering review copies.

Do you have any recommendations for books similar to One of Us Is Lying?

Yes! There are so many fantastic young adult thrillers to read. These articles from B&N Teen Blog and BookRiot both give recommendations for books that fans of One of Us Is Lying will enjoy. Also, check out this Twitter thread from Dahlia Adler (author,  blogger, and YA expert extraordinaire). Authors who I regularly recommend include Kara Thomas, Tiffany D. Jackson, E. Lockhart, Caleb Roehrig, Mindy McGinness, and Lamar Giles.

Where do you get your ideas?


Ideas can come from all kinds of places. I got the idea for One of Us Is Lying while I was driving to work and heard the theme from "The Breakfast Club" movie (I talk more about that here if you're interested). I've also gotten ideas while watching crime shows, reading profiles of prominent families, and from conversations with interesting people.

What advice do you have for people who want to be authors?

My number one piece of advice is to connect with other writers at the same stage of the publication journey as you are, and exchange work with them. Getting and giving constructive feedback is essential to development!


I give additional writing tips (about thrillers, multi POV, and general advice) here. 

Why do you write mystery/suspense books?

Books featuring mystery and suspense have always been my favorites as a reader, from Agatha Christie when I was a kid to Gillian Flynn as an adult. I'm naturally drawn to dark topics and how people react when they're thrust into a situation that scares or confuses them, but I like to balance that with hope and humor.

Do you have a playlists for your books?

I listen to music while drafting, and have put a couple of my playlists on Spotify. You can find one for One of Us Is Lying here, and for Two Can Keep a Secret here. Both are samplings of the songs I listened to on repeat while writing.

Can you blurb my book?

I'm honored to be asked, but I am currently closed to blurbs.

What's the best place to connect with you on social media?

I'm active on Twitter and Instagram. I don't maintain an author Facebook page -- I do occasionally share book-related information on my personal Facebook page, but don't connect with readers there. I'm only rarely on Goodreads. I don't have a  presence on any other platforms.

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