I write realistic, edgy, honest, sometimes heartbreaking, often funny books about and for young people. Being a teenager sucked for me, and I’m still trying to write my way out of it. My latest book (June 2021) is called The Tragedy of Dane Riley. Dane Riley struggles with the idea
A painfully honest and powerful depiction of the changing nature of friendships in the face of hardship and an exploration of what it means ‘to be human and alive.
Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.
[Spears’s] dialogue brings to mind both the Coen brothers and the Corleones; her depictions of adolescent lust and love are honest and fearless. In fact, Jesse reminds me of a hornier, more quick-witted Holden Caulfield. He may or may not have a heart of gold; I still can’t decide. Anyway, read this book!
Kat Spears has provided the residents of the Rappahannock Juvenile Center with the unique opportunity to not only meet but to speak with a popular author. Her books have captivated the teens at the center. Her authentic use of language immediately gets their attention and her narrative holds their attention. Her personal story and her affability draw the teens to her immediately. She engages their curiosity and speaks to them with warmth and thoughtfulness. Kat not only talks to them about herself and her writing, she listens to what they have to say.