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Announcing… The First Two Strange Chemistry Authors!

I am absolutely delighted to bring you the news of the first two authors signed to Strange Chemistry! I know a lot of you have been waiting impatiently to hear about the novels that will be coming out later this year, so it’s very exciting to be able to start giving you some details. Both of these authors have been signed into the Strange Chemistry family for two novels, so you will be hearing lots about them over the next few years!


Kim Curran is an incredibly talented debut novelist, with an absolute flair for YA writing.

Her debut novel, Shift is the tale of your average, 16-year old loser Scott Tyler. When he meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not quite so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world quickly starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

Shift is a page-turning, kick-ass SF thriller novel with a very down-to-earth male protagonist. It will be published Autumn 2012, with a sequel to follow in 2013.

When we asked Kim how she felt, she said, “When I saw Angry Robot was launching a YA imprint I literally said I would kill to be published by those guys. So to have signed with Strange Chemistry is everything I could have wished for and then some. To say I’m excited is a massive understatement. I just hope I won’t be expected to actually kill anyone!” We got a teensy bit nervous at that last comment – we will try to keep her in check!

In our formal press release, we said: “As soon as I read the first page of Shift, I absolutely knew I wanted Kim on board. The novel is fast-paced, exciting and a real page turner. I simply cannot wait to introduce the world of Scott and Aubrey to YA readers!” And this pretty much equates to you needing to read the book NOW. Except you’ll have to wait *grins*

The deal was made between Amanda Rutter of Strange Chemistry and Sam Copeland of Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd. Sam said of the deal: “I’m delighted to have placed Kim with Strange Chemistry. They are a great match; Kim is a hugely exciting young writer, and Strange Chemistry are a hugely exciting new imprint. I have admired from afar the work Angry Robot have been doing, and I’m sure Amanda and Strange Chemistry are going to do great things.”

Find out more about Kim on her website.


Our second new author is Sean Cummings, who brings us the remarkably dark and funny Poltergeeks. Julie is an apprentice witch – or so she believes. When a dark power comes stalking out of the past to haunt her and her mother, Julie learns that she is far more than just a witch. With the help of her best friend Marcus and a rather unusual Great Dane, Julie has to race against time to ensure she can defeat the bad guy, save her mother and avoid being grounded – again!

We have signed Sean for two novels in the Poltergeeks universe, the first to be published in Autumn of this year with the second to follow in the summer of 2013.

Sean said, “I’m a huge fan of Angry Robot Books and when I heard they were starting a Young Adult imprint I just knew they’d be publishing some of the best in YA fiction. I’m thrilled that POLTERGEEKS has found a home with Strange Chemistry and I look forward to working with Amanda. (Did I mention that Angry Robot has fantastic cover art, too?)” while our Amanda said, “Sean has written a wonderful book with a title that made the whole AR office sit up and take notice – who wouldn’t want to read a novel called Poltergeeks?! And, as you read further, you just become gripped by this sassy and sarcastic apprentice witch who has to face down the darkest of powers. It’s just a tremendous story, and I’m thrilled that Strange Chemistry is bringing it to you.”

The deal was negotiated by Amanda Rutter, and Jenny Savill and Ella Kahn, from Andrew Nurnberg Associates. Jenny and Ella said: “We are thrilled that Strange Chemistry will be publishing POLTERGEEKS on their launch list this September. They have been hugely enthusiastic from the start and, with their obvious passion for genre YA, we knew they would be the perfect home for Sean’s fabulously funny and distinctive YA voice.”

Author picture credit is: David Marc Anderson and you can find out more about Sean (including details about his three previously published adult novels) on his website.


SO! HOW EXCITED ARE YOU NOW?! WE’RE SO EXCITED WE’VE MOVED TO ALL CAPS LOCK! *ahem* Anyway, give some love to Kim and Sean in the comments and stalk them on Twitter (Kim Curran and Sean Cummings) – and look out for more announcements soon!



How excited am I now? Very excited indeed. Both of these books sound absolutely brilliant, looking forward to reading them already. Roll on the Autumn!


These both sound incredibly cool! Am looking forward to them :-D


Both sound like great quirky and original YA reads. I’ll definitely be adding those to the to-read pile. :)


Both sound good! :)


These sound like very cool books. Congratulations to both the authors and Amanda :-)

Lisa Myers

I’m so excited. Congratulations Kim and Sean! And well done Amanda :)

I have personally read Shift (as I’m one of Kim’s close friends) and it’s truly AWESOME. I’m so happy that Kim and Shift found such awesome home.


Can’t wait!

Sandie Zand

I’ve also beta-read a draft of Shift – as has my daughter – and we are thrilled, but not at all surprised, to hear of Kim’s deal. Can’t wait to see the finished item and we just know she’s going to go on and on and on and on producing fab books that teens (and their mothers!) want to read.

Love the imprint name, btw. Also love the capital letter excitement.



Both sound very interesting. Yay for firsts! :D


WOOT! Congrats to both of you. The books sound like fabulous reads.


Congratulations to both authors on being signed for two-book deals!

I’m especially happy to see that Kim’s book Shift has found such a terrific home. I beta-read it last year and thought it was excellent. I’m so pleased that it’ll be in the hands of many more readers later this year.


These titles sound really interesting! Congrats all around. yayyyy!

Honorah Curran

Can’t wait – looking forward to reading them both. Congrats Kim & Sean. xxx

Maryam Hussein

I’m really excited! Congratulations to Kim and Sean – I can’t wait to start reading!


This is awesome! Those books look great. Congrats to Kim and Sean.


These sound like interesting books, look forward to hearing more.

Lelia Taylor

I am SO looking forward to both of these books!

YA Book Queen

Both stories sound wonderful! Congrats to everyone :)

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