Writing books is hard. We spend a lot of our time feeling unworthy. We get rejections from agents, publishers and even fellow authors. We constantly battle voices that say we aren’t good enough. Voices that remind us we don't have our MFA. Voices that taunt our characters, our plots, our depth and sometimes even our selves.
But at the end of the day (in the middle of the night, before the sun comes up) we keep writing. We write for the kids who trade books like secrets and read by nightlight. We write for the girls we once were. We write because most days it feels like therapy.
There are people who don't like what we write. And then there are people who do. So we've learned to celebrate every review. We re-read the positive words and squint through the negative.
To hear that so many respected reviewers like NOW YOU SEE HER makes us so incredibly proud. Because every once in a while it’s really nice to tell those negative voices to shut the hell up.
“A tantalizing premise, with an accelerated pace and ingenious solution.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Readers will be engrossed...This is a must-have for any library collection where thrilling characters and a heart-racing story line are popular.”
(School Library Journal)
“Leighton and Stropki’s compelling debut asks interesting questions about identity and memory, and a clever twist in the last act will shock readers.” (Publishers Weekly)
We’ll never be perfect writers. Then again, we'll never be perfect anything. But at least we can have lots of fun trying.