J. Anderson Coats is the author of young-adult and middle-grade fiction that routinely includes too much violence, name-calling, and petty vandalism perpetrated by badly-behaved young people. Her first novel, The Wicked and the Just, was one of Kirkus’s Best Teen Books of 2012, a 2013 YALSA Best for Young Adults (BFYA) winner, and a School Library Journal Best Books of 2012 selection. It also won the 2013 Washington State Book Award for Young Adults.
Jillian’s short story, “Mother Carey’s Table,” appeared in A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls (Candlewick, 2016).
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming, a middle-grade novel set in Washington Territory in the 1860s, is forthcoming in 2017 from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. Ungovernable Girls, which is forthcoming from Atheneum in spring 2018, follows the daughter of known subversives as she’s sent away to be re-educated and must walk the line between rebellion and survival.
Jillian lives in the Pacific northwest with her husband, teenage son, and a cat with thumbs.