The last novel I beta read for her was the post apocalyptic young adult Enclave, first in her Razorland trilogy.
I inhaled that story in one sitting and immediately emailed her to tell her how much I loved the characters, their journey and the world she created for both. If memory serves, the email was something along the lines of “holy fuck, this is absolutely amazing, you are going to sell it immediately” (which was a consideration, as it wasn’t written under contract).
Indeed the book and its (at the time) yet-to-be-written sequel¹ sold in a snap, to great success–and last night it was awarded the 2012 RITA® for Young Adult² at the RWA National Conference.
Huge congrats, Ann!
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¹ Said sequel, titled Outpost, will be out on September 4.
² In case you don’t know, the RITA® is quite the big deal for romance writers.