Debut Authors Bash: Katy Upperman

Debut Authors Bash:
Katy Upperman

Katy Upperman recently published her first novel, Kissing Max Holden, through Swoon Reads.


Book Summary:

Equal parts swoonworthy romance and deeply affecting family drama, this debut novel about the boy next door turned super hot bad boy will have readers hooked from the very first kiss.

After his father’s stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school suddenly up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart, and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Katy Upperman’s debut novel Kissing Max Holden skillfully navigates the tenuous territory of bad influences, good friends, and complicated families.

Praise for Kissing Max Holden:

Kissing Max Holden is like the perfect slice of pumpkin pie: it’s equal parts sweet and spicy, and you can’t get enough of it! What a treat!” —Jessica Love, author of In Real Life

“A moving book with depth, Kissing Max Holden is perfect for readers wanting a strong female character in a realistic romance. Wonderfully written and swoony.” —Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan

Sarah Dessen fans rejoice—you are going to love Kissing Max Holden!” —Lisa Schroeder, author of Chasing Brooklyn

Full of wit, humor, and spine-tingling smooches, Kissing Max Holden combines the classic themes of contemporary romance with riveting family drama. . . . I literally could not put this book down and would buy a physical copy for my shelf in a heartbeat. I can’t wait to read what Katy writes next.” —Erin Bowman, author of Vengeance Road


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Guest Post by Katy Upperman:

What inspires you most?

What a great question! The truth is, I find inspiration in many places — art, family, travel, overheard snippets of conversation, history, podcasts, people watching, and my own life experiences. The bulk of my inspiration, though, comes in two forms: music and literature.

Music — particularly my beloved country music — has sparked so many of my story ideas. My debut, Kissing Max Holden, was heavily inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Ours” and “Mary’s Song,” and my current work-in-progress is the result of listening to The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” on loop. I once wrote an entire novel based on the Tim McGraw song “Good Girls” (you should listen to it — it’s so good!).

In a broader sense, the books I read constantly inspire me. I’m in awe of any author who can create characters, or pen turns of phrase, or describe settings in a way that makes me physically feel something. I love getting wrapped up in a fictional relationship, or a twisty plot, or a steep character arc, and I love when a novel becomes almost impossible to put down. Devouring books that are well crafted and beautifully written inspires me to work harder; I want readers to find glimmers of inspiration in my words, just as I’ve done with so many stories over the last many years.

I truly believe that writers and other creators can find inspiration anywhere they look. It’s all about opening up, drinking the world in, and spinning those little influences into something that is affecting and satisfying to you.

About Katy Upperman:

I’m a writer, wife, and mama. I’m a Washington State University alum, an avid reader, a hiker and a yogi, a country music fan, and shopper of Target, Michaels, and any bookstore I happen upon. I love baking, the ocean, pedicures, warm weather, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and Pitch Perfect and Walk the Line and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, paper planning, makeup, and Friday Night Lights.

My debut young adult novel, Kissing Max Holden, was published by Swoon Reads/Macmillan on August 1, 2017. My sophomore novel, The Impossibility of Uswill be out July 31, 2018. I am represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Agency.

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  1. Michelle

    This book sounds like the type of romance that I like– and I’m SUPER picky about romance.

    Also, I love that Katy is inspired by music and even wrote an entire book based on a song. That’s really cool 🙂

    1. vox libris (Post author)

      I know! I love that it’s based on a song. I need to read this book ASAP.


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