Annabeth Chatwin hit best seller lists in three countries with her debut novella "He Called Me Beautiful," a gay YA romance set in 1998. Hailed as "full of yummy pop culture references!," "He Called Me Beautiful" reaches back to Annabeth's high school years as a bisexual teenager. She earned numerous writing awards during her graduate program in fiction. These include a position as a top-ten finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition in the novel-in-progress category and an award of semifinalist in the novella category, both in the same year.

Annabeth's young adult fiction features LGBTQ teenagers dealing with gossip, finding themselves, and living extraordinary lives in ordinary situations. She writes characters people want to "wrap up and snuggle," often in instalove and friends-to-lovers situations. She especially loves manic pixie dream boys and the complications they bring to the real world.

Annabeth taught creative writing and wrote in the freelance (read: non-fiction) world before turning to young adult literature, with pieces appearing in The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and The Huffington Post. During that time, she was a featured guest on CNN, NPR, and Canadian public radio. Much of her writing focused on her three sons, all of whom have offbeat names and love David Bowie.

While she spends most of her days unschooling her boys, Annabeth spends her spare time writing, usually curled up on the loveseat with her beloved German Shepherd (it's his seat, and he side-eyes anyone who takes it, including her husband). She is addicted to energy drinks; loves blue glitter and sloths; and when she has time, kayaks and hikes in the mountains of North Carolina.

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