Yearbook Profile: Brandy Colbert, 2014 Debut Author of Pointe

Our very own Freshman 15er Kim Liggett interviewed author Brandy Colbert about her YA debut, POINTE.


Brandy Colbert

Writing Thesis: POINTE

Abstract: Seventeen-year-old Theo Cartwright is well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer, but haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Donovan. When he returns after four years in captivity, Theo learns she was connected to the abduction, and her life begins to unravel as she pieces together the events that led to Donovan’s kidnapping.

Department: Penguin/Putnam

Faculty Advisor: Arianne Lewin

Release Date: April 10, 2014

Hometown: Los Angeles (by way of Springfield, Missouri)

Minor(s): Hermiting, tap dancing, eating cheese, wearing cat dresses

Most Likely To: Threaten to steal your cat.

Friday Night Whereabouts:

___ Library

___ Party

___ Cafeteria

_X_ Missing in Action

# Books Queried Before POINTE: 3

Quote from Thesis: “I wish I could say the day Donovan came home was extraordinary from the start, that I woke up knowing something special would happen that Thursday evening in October.”

Do you have a favorite book from your teen years?

These books were published several years before I was an actual teenager, but I really loved How Do You Lose Those Ninth-Grade Blues? and Seventeen and In-Between by Barthe DeClements. They’re really honest books that weren’t afraid to tackle tough subjects. I also love the spare but evocative writing, and the fact that they were companion novels to each other, as well as some of her work for younger readers that I’d also enjoyed.

What is your advice to teens who have dreams of being published?

Read as much as you can, especially material (books, articles, blogs, etc.) that inspires you. Write the story that’s in your heart. Most important: Don’t give up!


13360957Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Ozarks—more specifically, Springfield, Missouri—and earned a bachelors degree in journalism from Missouri State University. She has worked as an editor for several national magazines and is currently a copy editor for both books and magazines. Her writing is represented by Tina Wexler at ICM Partners.

Her first novel, POINTE, is available now!

You can find Brandy online: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads

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One Response to Yearbook Profile: Brandy Colbert, 2014 Debut Author of Pointe

  1. SOunds like a great book–will add to my TBR list now! Congratulations, Brandy!

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