Maxine Wore Black
Maxine is the girl of Jayla's dreams: she's charming, magnetic, and loves Jayla for her transgender self. There's only one problem with Maxine--she already has a girlfriend, perfect Becky. Jayla quickly falls under Maxine's spell, and she's willing to do anything to win her. But when Becky turns up dead, Jayla is pulled into a tangle of deceit, lies, and murder. Now Jayla is forced to choose between love and the truth. Jayla will need all the strength she has to escape the darkness that threatens to take her very life.
Nora Olsen was born and raised in New York City. She received a B.A. from Brown University. Although her mother, a prize-winning author, warned her not to become a writer, Nora didn't listen. Nora's debut novel The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World was published in 2010. Swans and Klons is her second YA novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Collective Fallout and the anthology Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Nora's goal is to write thrilling stories and novels that LGBTQ teens can see themselves reflected in. Nora lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her girlfriend, writer Aine Ni Cheallaigh, and their two adorable cats. When not writing, Nora works as a babysitter. She also enjoys volunteering for Room to Write, an organization of publishing professionals and writers who visit NYC classrooms to teach creative writing. The highlight of Nora's year is volunteering at Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities.