About

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels Imaginary Girls (Penguin/ Dutton, 2011) and 17 & Gone (Penguin/ Dutton, 2013), which were both named as 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. She also wrote the middle-grade novel Dani Noir (Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin, 2009), reissued as Fade Out for a YA audience (Simon Pulse, 2012).

She’s now at work on a new novel, The Walls Around Us, forthcoming in Spring 2015 from Algonquin YR, as well as a second book with Algonquin coming soon after. She will have a short story in the YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, coming from Dial/Penguin in Fall 2015.

(Nova at her writing desk at the MacDowell Colony, September 2013. Photo © Joanna Eldredge Morrissey. Used with permission.)

(Nova at her writing desk at the MacDowell Colony, September 2013. Photo © Joanna Eldredge Morrissey. Used with permission.)

Nova has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College. She was a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts, a MacDowell Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, where she was awarded the Erik A. Takulan Memorial Endowed Fellowship for 2012, and the Millay Colony. She was selected to attend the 2012 Launch Pad Workshop, a NASA-funded astronomy workshop for writers, and in 2013 she was awarded an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center for Arts & Sciences.

She has worked for publishers including HarperCollins Children’s Books, Grosset & Dunlap/PSS!, and Marvel Comics, and has taught YA novel writing workshops and master classes with Mediabistro in New York City,  at SCBWI conferences, and in the Djerassi Resident Artists Program’s new workshop series, where she has upcoming YA Novel workshops in June 2014 and 2015. She is a YA mentor with the Virginia G. Piper Center at Arizona State University for their “Your Novel Year” program.

Nova grew up in small towns across the Hudson Valley and can now be found in New York City.

Visit Nova’s author website at novaren.com.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Like you, I know the breathtaking feeling of seeing the cover of my books in publication. I wonder what motivates you personally — deep down inside — to write stories. Have you had the “itch” from childhood?

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