Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Ozarks—more specifically, Springfield, Missouri—and earned a bachelors degree in journalism from Missouri State University.
Her second novel, Little & Lion (Little, Brown, 2017), is the winner of ALA’s 2018 Stonewall Book Award; was named to ALA’s 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults; and was named a Book of the Month Club selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a best book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Vulture, Bank Street, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Paste Magazine, and Seventeen magazine.
Her debut novel, Pointe (Putnam, 2014), won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, the Chicago Public Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library. She was also chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for spring 2014.
Her work can also be seen in the anthologies Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles; Feral Youth; Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World; Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories; and the forthcoming collections Our Stories, Our Voices, Toil & Trouble, and Black Enough.
Her third novel, Finding Yvonne, was released in August 2018, from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, with The Revolution of Birdie Randolph following in 2019.
Brandy is on faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as a copy editor for magazines and books. Her writing is represented by Tina Dubois at ICM Partners.