Welcome to the home page of Ashley Hope Pérez, author of the novels The Knife and the Butterfly (February 2012) and What Can't Wait (2011), both published by Carolrhoda Lab. Ashley's third novel will be out in 2015; you can read a bit from it here.
The Knife and the Butterfly
Azael knows jails, and something isn’t right about this lockup. No phone call. No lawyer. No news about his brother or his homies. If only he could remember...
Lexi Allen would love to forget the fight, would love for it to disappear back into the Xanax fog it came from. She knows that there’s more at stake in her trial than her life alone, though. Azael needs the truth. The knife cut, but somehow it also connected.
- Read an excerpt from·The Knife and the Butterfly here or find reviews, excerpts, and insights from the author here.
- Order The Knife and the Butterfly·from·your favorite indie bookstore, with a school discount from the publisher, or·from amazon.
What Can't Wait
Seventeen-year-old Marisa Moreno has smarts and plenty of promise, but she’s marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood—and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters more than making it to college.·Caught between the expectations of two different worlds and carrying a dark secret, Marisa will have to decide what can't wait. Kirkus Reviews described What Can't Wait as "Un magnifico debut." Read an excerpt here.
Latest Blog Post
Check this post at Latin@s in Kid Lit out. Patrick Flores-Scott makes a case for creating a diverse YA/kid's publishing version of the Hollywood Black List, a vetted collection of best screenplays that haven't yet been purchased. The concept is genius. It’s an industry-wide notion that could expand what we’re beginning to do with the Pitch Fiesta: create visibility for folks who haven’t (yet) had success navigating the paths into publishing. I think the next question is: what would it take to make something like this happen? Could we get YALSA, for example, to put committee power behind it? I might throw this post at my agent and editor–both rockstars who’ve had success with diverse titles–and ask them to comment on the idea.
If you've wondered where the heck I've been these last months, well... let's say that while I was away, two Pérez PhDs got finished (mine and my husband's), a move to Columbus, Ohio, happened, and we started new jobs at The Ohio State University. Kind of a lot. I do plan to be back here with my own thoughts, shouts, and murmurs, but a lot of my blogging energy has been channeled to Latin@s in Kid Lit, where I blog regularly.
A Note from The Author
Ashley Hope Pérez