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Katy Upperman

Northern Virginia



I'm a wife, mama, avid reader, and country music fanatic. I like baking, sunshine, social media, Jelly Bellies, and yoga. I write kissing books. <3

Favorite Books

How about favorite authors? :-) Melina Marchetta, Gayle Forman, Jessi Kirby, Miranda Kenneally, Kristin Cashore, Trish Doller, Laini Taylor, JK Rowling, Stephanie Perkins, Jandy Nelson, Jenny Han, Rainbow Rowell, Sara Zarr, Emery Lord, Lisa Schroeder, Katie Cotugno, Robin Benway, and Morgan Matson.

Favorite Quotes

"She's a dreamer. A thinker. A doer. She sees possibility anywhere."

Favorite Genres

Katy Upperman's Manuscripts

Katy Upperman's Library

Most Recent Blog Posts

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

And the winning cover for THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US is...

I think I speak for most (if not all!) of my fellow Swoon Reads authors when I say that cover voting is one of the very best parts of having a book published by this imprint. It’s exciting to see multiple unique directions designed specifically to represent your book, and even more exciting to see how the Swoon Reads ... Read More


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Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Announcing THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US by Katy Upperman!

Friends! I have awesome news—news I’ve been waiting forever to share… I have a second Swoon Reads book coming out next summer, and I could not be more excited! The Impossibility of Us is the story of Elise and Mati, two teens who meet on the beach, forge a strong bond, and long to be together despite cultural ... Read More


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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Swoon Author Katy Upperman: Welcome to the World, KISSING MAX HOLDEN!

I’ve been thinking about my launch event since… before I sold a manuscript. It’s true—I love a good party, particularly if it’s in celebration of a book! As Kissing Max Holden’s release date approached, I started planning. I knew I wanted my debut’s launch party to be at my independent bookstore, One More Page ... Read More


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Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Swoon Author Katy Upperman: A Day in the Life of a Nearly Published Author

Hi Swoon Friends! With Kissing Max Holden less than a week from publication (!!!) I thought it’d be fun to share what a day in the life of an almost-published author (also: wife, mom, chef, housekeeper, chauffer, general fire-putter-outer) is like. Here’s how I spent a recent summer weekday… 5:00-7:00 – Work Time: Yes, I really do wake ... Read More


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Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Swoon Author Katy Upperman's Editing Update: Polish and Shine

Confession: I don’t enjoy drafting. Like, at all. It’s so difficult for me to spin a story out of nothing. I find blank pages intimidating and the wide-open possibilities that come with a first draft well and truly terrifying. Know what I love, though? Rewriting, revising, and editing early drafts into strong stories that shine.After Kissing Max ... Read More


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