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Welcome Kat Ross, into the Strange Chemistry fold!

Happy Halloween, folks, and what a treat (did you see what I did there? Clever, huh?) we have for you this All Hallows’ Eve: introducing Kat Ross, the latest addition to the Strange Chemistry family!

Our Amanda acquired Kat’s debut, Some Fine Day (July 2014), plus the as-yet-untitled sequel (July 2015), with World English Rights from Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. Read on to find out why this fantastic book, set in future Earth, where superstorms have sent survivors to live beneath the ground, and author grabbed our collective attention!


Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty:

  1. She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
  2. She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
  3. Most of all, she knows there’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to.

On all counts.

Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…


Kat Ross grew up in New York City and worked as a bike messenger, legal secretary, coat check girl and iguana-brander before settling on a career as a reporter and editor. She did not write one word of fiction between the Reagan and Obama administrations, although she secretly wanted to and finally got around to it when her daughter turned four, which just goes to show that it’s never too late to follow your third-grade dream. She does believe that journalism taught her to wage war on adverbs and fluff, so her master’s degree and associated student loan debt is not entirely pointless. The main thing is that she loves to read, and good books are the best writing teachers.


“I’m beyond thrilled to have found a home at Strange Chemistry. Their catalogue is amazing, and I’m already a fan of many things English: my boyfriend’s a Brit, my daughter is obsessed with Fawlty Towers, and my new ringtone is Eric Idle beating a triangle with a wooden spoon and shouting Bring out your dead! Huge thanks to my agent, Jeff Ourvan, and of course, Amanda Rutter and her fab team. It’s a warm and wonderful feeling to know my book is in such good hands.”

Amanda Rutter:

Some Fine Day is an absolutely stunning novel, and I am so proud that Kat has decided to publish her debut book with Strange Chemistry. I feel sure that Kat will take the world by storm”

Jeff Ourvan:

“We’re very excited about the prospects for Some Fine Day, and we’re thrilled about our partnership with Strange Chemistry.  Both Angry Robot and Strange Chemistry have excellent reputations in the United States, as well as the UK, of course, and we’re confident that this work is in very fine hands.”

Say hello to Kat, and give her a huge Strange Chemistry welcome through her twitter or check out her blog!