Writer of Young Adult Fiction

As I Descended Lies We Tell Ourselves What We Left Behind

Hi! I’m Robin Talley. I write young adult fiction, usually about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters.

My first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released in 2014. It’s about a black girl and a white girl who fall in love in 1959 Virginia while their school is being desegregated for the first time. It’s on the short list for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal (!) and it was a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.

My latest novel, What We Left Behind, came out in 2015. When Booklist reviewed it, they said, “Talley continues to tackle tough issues with unvarnished honesty. … Young and emerging adults will find themselves challenged and enlightened.” Kirkus said, “Characterization is poignant and razor-sharp.” And School Library Journal gave it a starred review and said, “Tightly focused on Toni’s and Gretchen’s changing relationships and identities, this title is a must-read for high school Gay Straight Alliance members.”

Next up for me is As I Descended, a f/f retelling of Macbeth set at a haunted boarding school. It comes out Sept. 6, 2016, and it’s totally different from anything I’ve written before and honestly, I kind of love it.

You can get details on all my books here.