Alissa Grosso is a young adult novelist, among other things.

Alissa’s books have been published on four continents. She’s the author of the novels Popular (Flux, 2011), Ferocity Summer (Flux, 2012) and Shallow Pond (Flux, 2013). She’s the creator of the weekly YouTube show Awkward Author.

Alissa grew up in Bergen and Sussex Counties in New Jersey. She’s lived in the Pocono Mountains; Hunterdon County, New Jersey 6.25.13 alissa benchand, briefly, in a basement in Maine. These days she lives in a small town in Pennsylvania, but she can walk to New Jersey (There’s a bridge.)

She holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and like most English majors has held a variety of jobs. In the past she has worked as a newspaper editor, a children’s librarian, a book distributor sales rep and a long, long time ago as a tavern wench complete with Colonial style costume.

These days she spends her days writing whether it’s work on a new novel or one of the freelance writing projects that helps to pay the bills and buy the cat food. She is a monthly contributor to YA Outside the Lines and  an assistant editor at The Lascaux Review.

She shares her home with some more or less domesticated furry creatures and DSCF7270has been known to post the occasional cat photo and dog walk pic on her Tumblr.

She enjoys spending her free time outdoors walking, running, biking or, when the weather allows, cross country skiing.

She is a member of  The Class of 2K11, The KidLit Authors ClubThe Elevensies and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

 Alissa is represented by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Want to learn more about Alissa? Listen to an interview with Jeanne Murphy on Talented People Radio.

You can connect with/follow/friend etc. Alissa online at:

Awkward Author on YouTube



Facebook Author Page



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