Before I started querying, I read every letter in the Writer’s Digest Successful Queries series and now I’m so thrilled to be a part of it! Click the link below to see my SLOANE query letter and my agent’s thoughts on what he liked about it. Hopefully this is helpful to anyone in the query trenches just like the other letters in the series were helpful to me!

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I don’t listen to music while I write. If I did, I’d just want to sing along or get up and dance and neither is exactly conducive to getting words down on the page. But I will sometimes listen to a song before I start writing or during a break in a particularly tricky scene to help me get into the mood of what I’m working on.

These are the songs I listened to while writing or revising THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE SULLIVAN. The reasons for them vary. The older songs listed first are all specifically mentioned in the book, because of things like memories of music parents used to listen to or arguments between characters about which past era had the best music, and listening to them helped put me in the scene. Sometimes it’s a single lyric that reminds me of a particular scene or character. Or sometimes it’s just a whole song that feels like the story to me. Enjoy!


1. “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” — Beastie Boys


2. “Brown Eyed Girl” — Van Morrison


3. “Dream Lover” — Bobby Darin


4. “Little Bitty Pretty One” — Thurston Harris


5. “Twistin’ the Night Away” — Sam Cooke


6. “Build Me Up Buttercup” — The Foundations


7. “The Longest Time” — Billy Joel


8. “Have a Little Faith in Me” — John Hiatt


9. “Last Kiss” — Pearl Jam


10. “Use Somebody” — Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon is one character’s favorite band, so it wouldn’t be a SLOANE playlist without one of their songs. And this is one of my favorite Kings of Leon songs.


11. “Paris” — The Chainsmokers

“If we go down then we go down together.”


12. “Whatever it Takes” — Imagine Dragons

“I’m ready for whatever it takes.”


13. “Just One Day” — Mighty Oaks

I stole this song from a playlist I had for the book I wrote before SLOANE, but I think it works for this one too. “Oh, and all your days you live life on the run, but now you see your time is finally gone, to live your life just one day by one.”


14. “Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons

This is one of the songs that feels like the book to me, especially the last third of the book. “Welcome to the new age.”


15. “Unforgettable” — Thomas Rhett

Because some events, and some people, really are unforgettable.


16. “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” — U2

There are several characters who still haven’t found what they’re looking for, but this is the song that was playing in my head when I wrote a certain burrito-eating scene.


17. “A Sky Full of Stars” — Coldplay

“‘Cause in a sky full of stars, I think I saw you.” There has to be at least one song about stars. If you read SLOANE, you’ll understand why she has a thing for stars.


18. “Back to You” — Mighty Oaks

If I had to pick one song as the song for the book, this would be it.

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I’m so excited to share THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE SULLIVAN with everyone, so I wanted to announce some preorder goodies! You can find all the details and photos of the preorder gifts here:





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Hi everyone! Welcome to my website!

Since we’re still getting to know each other, I thought I’d start with ten random facts about myself, in no particular order. Here goes!

1.  Jeans are, and always will be, my wardrobe staple.

2.  Once, at a restaurant in NYC, I sat at a table across from a table where Alan Rickman was sitting and next to a table where Martha Stewart was sitting. My Harry Potter-loving, party-planning self was in heaven. I tried not to fangirl like crazy, but Snape!

3.  I like my name, but I don’t like it when people try to convince me it should be something different. These conversations usually go something like this:

Hostess: Name for the reservation?

Me: Gia

Hostess: *furrows brow* You mean Gina, right?

Me: No, it’s Gia.

Hostess: Really? *pause* You want me to put down Gina instead?

This happens more than you’d think.

4.  I once performed in the halftime show of a Washington Redskins game.

5.  I have an odd obsession with holiday wrapping paper. I own enough to wrap all of my Christmas presents for probably the next 5 years, but every season I buy more. Why do I do this?

6.  A word I think is fun to say: effervescent. A word that makes me shudder: moist. Unless you’re talking about cake, nothing good is associated with that word.

7.  I hate belts. In fact, hate might not be a strong enough word for how I feel about belts. I have no rational explanation for this.

8.  Chocolate. Every day.

9.  I love to travel. Just some of the places on my to-be-visited list: Australia, Tahiti, Cinque Terre in Italy.

10.  I don’t like horror movies. They scare the crap out of me. I jump so much the popcorn literally goes flying, and that’s just a waste of a perfectly good snack.

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