Who is Bree Barton?

Hi! I'm Bree Barton, a writer, ghostwriter, and dance teacher in Los Angeles. As a girl I lived under a moldering dock where I kept small silver fish in the palm of my hand. At night I sang lullabies to the shoal, and in the morning they swam through my fingers, dusting my skin with salt and moonlight. Some of those things are true. Some are fiction. But isn't the best fiction always (partly) true?

My debut YA trilogy, HEART OF THORNS, comes out from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins in summer 2018. Pitched as Graceling meets Pride and Prejudice, HoT tells the story of Mia Rose, a magic hunter who is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a wedding gown the day her father announces her marriage to the prince. When she flees the castle, Mia discovers she has dark, forbidden magic, the very magic she's determined to destroy.

Mia is a scientist, a scholar, a sister—and a feminist. She is not a fan of corsets. I am not a fan of corsets, either.

In my corset-less life, I've published stories in The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, PANK, and Necessary Fiction, and non-fiction in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, TinyBuddha, and McSweeney's. I have ghostwritten more than twenty books, and I've been privileged to study fiction under Nova Ren Suma, Francesca Lia Block, Kevin Brockmeier, and Kelly Link. I once touched two fingers on Anne Lamott's hand.