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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

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Swoon Author Katy Upperman: 6 Tips from an Experienced NaNo-er

Hello Swoon friends, and happy NaNo-vember!We’re halfway through the month and if you’re NaNo-ing, you’re probably starting to feel a little burnt out on the whole drafting thing. (I know I am!) But don’t despair—whether you’re ahead on your word count, right on track, or despairingly behind, your November WILL be a writing ... Read More


nanowrimo, Katy Upperman, Advice, writing
Monday, September 24th, 2018

Announcing HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Katy Upperman!

How the Light Gets In has been a labor of love more than any other book I’ve worked on. I started drafting the original version of the story when my daughter was three, on her first day of preschool. (She’s eleven now, and in middle school—how is that possible?!) The book has gone through countless revisions and ... Read More


Kissing Max Holden, Katy Upperman, How The Light Gets In, The Impossibility of Us, new book, news
Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Swoon Author Katy Upperman: 11 of My YA Summertime Favorites

My favorite sorts of stories are those that lend the lazy-hazy sense of summertime—books set near the ocean or at the lake, stories that read as warm, or carefree, or sweet as melting ice cream. I’ve amassed quite a collection of these kinds of books, and can be found enjoying them May through September, often at the pool ... Read More


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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Swoon Author Katy Upperman's Editing Update: Digging Deeper

In the Kissing Max Holden editing update I shared back in October of 2016 (um, how has time flown by so quickly?!) I talked about how I enjoyed revising so much more than drafting and, unsurprisingly, the same has proven true for The Impossibility of Us.Give me an edit letter and a red pen over a blank document any ... Read More


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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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