Before sending out an ARC today, I reread my author’s note (below!) and wanted to share a bit more about what my debut book means to me. Diamond City is about a girl who grows up in poverty and homelessness and becomes an assassin to protect herself and get herself off the streets. Unfortunately, homelessness and poverty are realities that far too many young people face—including me. I didn’t realize, when I first started writing this book back in 2017, that this story would come out of me and onto the page, but it did because it needed to be told, even if I didn’t realize how much so until a few rounds of revision later with plenty of encouragement from those who read the book. read more…