Patty Blount grew up quiet and frequently overlooked in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what's right. Today, she's the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on fictional characters. Let's be real; Patty's not nearly as cool as her characters, but she is a solid supporter of women's rights and loves delivering school presentations.
Patty is best known for her internet issues novels, including SEND, a 2012 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick, and her #meToo novels, including SOME BOYS, a 2015 CLMP Firecracker Award Winner and RWA Rita Finalist, and SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, a double 2019 YARWA Athena Award Winner. Visit her website at pattyblount.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. She blogs at YA Outside the Lines and is also active on Twitter and Facebook. She loves hearing from readers, especially when they tell her she's cool (even though she knows it's not true), and is easily bribed with chocolate.
Patty also adores writing adult romance including 2018's NOBODY SAID IT'D BE EASY. You can find the first chapters of all of her work posted on her website.
Awards and Recognition
- CLMP Firecracker Award, 2015
- YARWA Athena Award, Best YA Contemporary, 2019
- YARWA Athena Award, Best of the Best, 2019
- Nominee for Missouri Association of School Libraries Gateway Readers Award 2019-2020