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K. Ancrum, is the author of  the award winning thriller THE WICKER KING,  the interstellar lesbian romance THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS and the upcoming Peter Pan thriller DARLING. K. is a Chicago native passionate about diversity and representation in young adult fiction. She currently writes most of her work in the lush gardens of the Chicago Art Institute. 

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K. Ancrum Absolutely definitely. In THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS coming out this March, you get to see Jack/Rina/August's poly family, the MCs are lesbians, and the …moreAbsolutely definitely. In THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS coming out this March, you get to see Jack/Rina/August's poly family, the MCs are lesbians, and the MC's younger brother is a 16 year old bisexual, single, teen father.

I grew up seeing a lot of alternative relationships and family/romantic life situations and I think that they're validating and realistic--regardless of the fact that they aren't entirely common in YA. In fact, I think irl teens (especially teens growing up in big cities) blur a lot of interesting lines and try a lot of interesting things--simply because they're at a learning period in their lives and the stakes are a bit lower in regards to social risk.

I value being able to write about stuff like this and showcase the tapestry of what existed around me as a teen, as opposed to what is conventional to expect teens to act like. Also, I do read ALL my reviews and I'm happy to report that I think a majority of my teen readers were able to recognize aspects of themselves and their friends in my characters in important ways.

There is this aspect of my work that is super deliberate that people (mostly adults) keep commenting on which is the parts where my teens say really "adult lesson-y" things. The reason why I do that--especially while handling alt-relationships-- is because there is value in teens reading other teens explicitly saying things like "Stop trying and find real help." or "My family is unusual, but my parents are all good parents and I love them."

I believe that there is a choice we are given--when writing inflammatory topics--to either: force the characters to do what we think is ideal rather than realistic in order to show teens how to handle difficult problems. Or to have them do what is realistic based on their circumstances, be punished for it in whatever way, and be taught by those around them how to learn from the experience. THE WICKER KING is the second kind of book.

So, as long as I'll be writing alternative lifestyle stories, I'll also be supplementing it with thoughtful considerate "adulty" analysis that my young readers need in order to process understanding why they exist and how they flourish when given the opportunity to. (less)
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“If you drop the weight you are carrying, it is okay. You can build yourself back up out of the pieces.”
K. Ancrum, The Wicker King

“I never said I didn’t feel the same,” Jack said harshly. “Just because I don’t see the kingdom doesn’t mean it doesn’t still exist,” Jack said furiously. “As long as one of us remembers it, it still counts. We decide the end of the game, not them. Not anyone else. You’re so stupid, August. You’re so stupid and I love you so much.”
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“Diversity is a flower that blooms with greater beauty and greater strength each time it is cross-pollinated.”
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message 4: by nat (last edited Jun 03, 2019 08:30AM)

nat Thanks for accepting my friend request! (following, edit from 6/3/2019) I read The Weight of the Stars and I loved it so much!! Thank you for creating such a wonderful book :))


message 3: by Kyle

Kyle K. wrote: "Kyle wrote: "Thank you for great rep and a wonderful story.
We need more authors like you.
Also, mad props for a groovy taste in music (as referenced by THE WICKER KING mixtapes)."

Thank you so m..."


You deserve all the praise! I started reading it early in the evening yesterday, with plans of stopping around 1AM to sleep.
Yeah... that didn’t happen. I had to finish it. Next thing I knew, I turned the last page, it was 5AM, and I was wrecked. I wound up crawling through my bedroom window to sit on my roof and decompress with a cigarette (or four). This book— It hit me. Hard. That doesn’t happen often. So, again, thank you!


message 2: by K.

K. Ancrum Kyle wrote: "Thank you for great rep and a wonderful story.
We need more authors like you.
Also, mad props for a groovy taste in music (as referenced by THE WICKER KING mixtapes)."


Thank you so much! Your review was so lovely, I was super touched!


message 1: by Kyle

Kyle Thank you for great rep and a wonderful story.
We need more authors like you.
Also, mad props for a groovy taste in music (as referenced by THE WICKER KING mixtapes).


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