Writing Mental Health in YA Novels

Join Natalie Lund, author of The Sky Above UsHanna Howard, author of Ignite the Sun, and Ronni Davis, author of When the Stars Lead to You for a paneled discussion on writing mental health in YA novels in honor of Mental Health Awareness month.

This event is sponsored by Magic City Books.

Natalie Lund is a former middle and high school teacher. A graduate of Purdue University’s MFA program, she taught introductory composition and creative writing there, and also served as the fiction editor of The Sycamore Review. Natalie lives in Chicago with her husband. She is also the author of WE SPEAK IN STORMS (September,2019; Penguin Random House/Philomel Books), an ITW Thriller Award nominee and an Illinois Reads 2020 selection.

Hanna C. Howard spent most of her childhood wondering how she might avoid growing up, and eventually solved the conundrum by becoming an artist and a writer. She considers tea an essential food group, has more books than shelf space, and dreams of someday keeping bees in a rambling Scottish garden. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and son, their Disreputable Dog, and a cat skilled in the martial arts. Her debut YA fantasy, IGNITE THE SUN, came out in August of 2020.

Ronni Davis lives in Chicago, where she copy edits everything from TV  commercials to billboards by day, and writes contemporary novels  about brown girls falling in love by night. You can visit her at  www.ronnidavis.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram  at @lilrongal. 

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