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Jessica Kapp always thought her penmanship would improve with age. She even wished for it on her eleventh birthday. But after having a hard time deciphering her own writing, she realized she’d never be the girl who stayed in the lines or dotted her I’s with hearts. To improve her legibility and speed, she hijacked her grandma’s typewriter—a really cool one with white correction tape—and started creating fictional worlds.

That same grandma took Jessica to her first writers’ group meeting where she shared a story about fairies.

The writing sucked, but with time, Jessica’s craft began to improve. Sadly, her penmanship has not.

Jessica enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.

She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.

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Body Parts (Diversion Books, 2017)

(Diversion Books, 2017)

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha has been protected from the outside world. Her trainers at the center have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family. So she swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, dreaming of the day when she’ll meet her adoptive parents.

But when Tabitha’s told she’s been paired, instead of being taken to her new home, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason she’s been kept in shape: PharmPerfect, a local pharmaceutical giant, is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs.

Determined to save the rest of her friends at the center, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

Nominated for 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice for Young Adult Paranormal/SF!

Selected as a TOP PICK by RT Book Reviews!

“Just when readers think they’ve recovered from one adrenaline rush, another hits as they devour this YA thriller laced with science fiction. Kapp skillfully places heart-pumping sequences in the midst of passages where readers can catch their breath and relish the well-developed characters.” – RT Book Reviews

“Body Parts is an intriguing, terrifying glimpse of an all-too-possible future. The gutsy characters and spine-chilling premise kept me up late.” – Karen Healey, author of WHEN WE WAKE


Jessica Kapp

Marika Autrand lives in New Jersey and writes YA and NA novels. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in English Education, and she teaches seventh grade language arts. (This means she’s surrounded by books and awkwardness everyday. She loves it.)

When she’s not selling Shakespeare to teenagers, she’s at home with Best Husband Ever making her two daughters laugh. Marika dreams of one day owning a bed and breakfast because she thinks it’d be a great excuse to live on a farm and bake scones all day. If you have other ideas for how to make the farm/scone dream happen, she’d love to hear from you.


Marika Autrand

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