Cori McCarthy

Author & Editor



Cori McCarthy is the author of six young adult books, three released and three on the way, as well as a forthcoming nonfiction picture book about Kahlil Gibran. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American who resides in New England and spends most of their time playing guitar, reading poetry, raising their son, running a teen writing group, and working as a freelance editor. Like many of their characters, they are a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Cori started writing at the age of thirteen. After earning a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry, they completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Appalachian Ohio. In 2011, they earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

CM HeadshotKirkus called their debut novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.”

Their second novel, BREAKING SKY, received starred review from School Library Journal and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and is in development to become a film by Sony Pictures. Kirkus reviewed it as “smart, exciting, confident–and quite possibly the next Big Thing.”

Their third book, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed media novel including word art poetry and graphic novel sections. The novel earned starred reviews from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and VOYA, and made the Texas Library Association’s 2017 Tayshas Reading List as well as Bank Street’s The Best Children’s Books of 2017 list.

Upcoming Releases!

Cori’s fourth young adult novel, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, is a Junior Library Guild selection and will be released in April 2018 from Sourcebooks Fire.

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 4.09.48 PMCori’s fifth and sixth novels, the ONCE & FUTURE duology, were cowritten with their partner, Amy Rose Capetta, and will be released in 2019 and 2020 from Little Brown’s Jimmy Patterson imprint.

Cori’s picture book, HOPE IS AN ARROW, a nonfiction picture biography about famed Lebanese American poet Kahlil Gibran, is forthcoming from Candlewick in 2021.

Cori’s novel in verse, Name Me America, won the Middle Grade category for the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize. Cori is also the co-founder of Rainbow Boxes, a charitable initiative aiming to bring LGBTQIA fiction to community libraries and GSAs across America.

Cori is an editor, teacher, and writing coach. Find out more at Yellow Bird Editor.


If you’re a reader…12728966_10207270560420505_1633306477220083114_nTwitterFacebook, or Instagram is the best way to reach me. I had an email but it got SPAMMED.

If you’re a bookseller, blogger, or reviewer…contact my marketing coordinator,  alex.yeadon [at] 

If you’re a teacher or librarian…I love talking to students and offer free classroom Skype Q&As. I’m happy to talk with a few students or a whole class. I highly encourage students to ask me about my books, about writing, publishing, editing or thriving in the creative arts career field. To schedule a classroom Skype, please contact my marketing coordinator, Alex.Yeadon [at]

Cori’s literary representation is Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Cori’s film/TV rights representation is Jason Dravis of The Dravis Agency.


Are you writing any sequels to your books? As of right now, I am not planning any sequels. If you’d like one, send me a tweet and tag my publisher. We are open to persuasion.

What is the intended age range of your young adult books? 14 to 114. Some of my books contain non-graphic sexual content, swearing, and some violence. I advise parents to be aware of the tough to handle, real-world issues in The Color of Rain concerning abusive relationships, prostitution, and human trafficking.

Will you read my manuscript? You can hire me to read your manuscript and provide a critique via Yellow Bird Editors. I also provide monthly writing coaching.

Can I order a signed book? Yes, you can place all orders through Bear Pond Books. Please specify in the order that you would like a signed copy and include all information for a personalization.


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