young adult books

Why I chose an interracial couple for my young adult love story.


This hot couple is inter-planetary and interracial.

When I started to write my young adult novel, The Family, I felt that certain teens were not represented in the y/a that I was reading. It was really important to me to have a strong African American male and a strong gay character.  I think things have evolved, but when I started my book – I just was not seeing these teens. Granted, it might have been what I was reading…but hey. By the way – want a strong gay teen? Read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Damn, girl can write. And it is SO funny and heartwarming!

Leo is half white and half black. He talks to Twig about living in two worlds, and of course, she can relate to this as she starts to take steps away from The Family, the dangerous and oppressive cult she’s been raised in. Their struggle between worlds is VERY different. His is cultural and kind of wonderful -despite its challenges. Twig’s world is harrowing, and she steps onto the precipice of a new, a free world. An imperfect but beautiful world. Our world.

Only in retrospect do I see that I might have been working out some of my own history in my writing. At one point in my life my mom was married to a Jamaican man (after my dad), and my father was not happy. (Understatement.) I just actually called my father. We’re very close – and obviously we share VERY different opinions here, but this is tough stuff, and I wasn’t sure he wanted it all over my blog. But you dear 20 people who read my blog, will keep an open mind I hope. Hate the racism. Don’t hate the man. Or something like that.

Later in my life (my twenties) – before I met my wonderful husband, I was dating an awesome, talented, very dear African American man. My dad went pretty ballistic. And no – this was not in the 1950’s. It sucked. My brothers stopped talking to my dad, my dad stopped talking to me – it was a mess. But we’re family and we got through it. That’s one long story short.

So if I want to shrink myself (which I can, I have a masters in psychology, baby) – I might have been working out a few issues with Twig and Leo. I love that. Maybe I wasn’t. Who knows. Either way, they are a gorgeous couple, and I fell in love with them and their love affair while I wrote the book.

The Family is on sale for two more days for $1.99. Grab it! Enjoy!






Sapphire Inspiration – making art with an old friend


For any of you who have read my debut novel, The Family, you know Sapphire. In order to create Sapphire, I went to an equestrian center in Burbank, California, where the trainers were kind enough to let me hang out with them and photograph the beautiful, majestic horses. This is one of the beauties I photographed, and she feels just like Sapphire, Twig’s beloved horse, doesn’t she?

Itching to make art lately, I signed up for some super cool and more technical art classes sponsored by the city of Santa Monica (cheap!!). Last week’s was transfer printing. We were told to bring images from ink jet or toner printers – I grabbed a handful of Kate Moss, Twiggy, etc. But once I got there – it felt much better, more authentic, to use print outs of my own photographs – like this one above. A little Modge Podge later and here she is transferred onto a piece of canvas. I am excited to paint this image – play with it. Get back into art. Stay tuned for my next classes- wood cut transfer and more!

The Family is on sale for this last week of January! Grab it on Amazon for $1.99.

Want to Win Some Books?

The YA Story Sisters _ it’s an awesome group I am so proud to be a part of_are giving away a big ‘ole stack of books! Here’s how you enter. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving! Leave a comment about a book you are thankful in the comments! I’m off to enjoy family and eat some seriously awesome food! Enter here to win!

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YASH – It’s here. Welcome Julie Chibbaro to the site!

Hello there YASH Participants! Welcome! Let’s do this! Take a deep breath and here we go!

Orange Team Rules

Orange Team Rules

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. It’s a little hidden, but I have faith you will find it! Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 4, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Here we go!

Check out this exciting bonus content from Julie Chibbaro, author of (tk)! Then, enter to win a $10 gift card from Amazon by doing two simple things: 1) My publisher, FFF DIGITAL and I are trying to pick a new cover for my cult suspense novel, THE FAMILY. Choose A, B or C! I need your help! Which do you like? Leave your pick in the comments. 2) Subscribe to my blog! I know it seems like 7 things to do, but I would be so appreciative! Follow me on Twitter – bonus points!

With no further ado! Let’s meet Julie Chibbaro, author of Into A Dangerous World


Here’s Julie’s bonus summary about Into A Dangerous World AND a cool graphic illustration from the book! I hear there are way more than 7 fantastic illustrations!

“17-year old Ror comes from the boonies and is tough as nails and all she really cares about is drawing and painting and making art. She ends up in the ghetto that was Manhattan in 1984, where she discovers that the walls, the subways, the bridges are covered with art. Before long, she runs into trouble with Trey, the ultimate bad boy and president of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew she desperately wants to join at all costs.

When Ror falls in love with Trey, she realizes she’ll do just about anything to get up in the scene. She has some decisions to make: she wants to be a street artist but she doesn’t want get shot by the cops; she wants her stuff in the museum but she doesn’t want to die waiting to become famous; she wants to makes money selling her work in a gallery but she doesn’t want to be a puppet at the mercy of a dealer. The book follows her descent into a dangerous world, where her drawings are her only salvation.

Ror’s journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope – a sharp-edged, indelible creation that will live inside your head.

“[T]his striking combination of story and illustration creates a powerful portrait of a budding artist.” Publishers Weekly starred review”


Author Julie

Author Julie

Okay! To enter to win a $10 gift card to Amazon – I need your help! We’re launching a new cover for my young adult cult suspense novel, The FAMILY! Do you like A, B, or C? Put your vote in the RaffleCopter and subscribe to my blog to win! Good luck! Feel free to give me cover thoughts in the comments as well.

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Choice A

Choice B

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Choice C

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 Be sure to visit our sister y/a author Maria E. Andreu next!  
Have fun!