Anna is the author of When We Were Young, In Midair, and Drowning in Light. Her writing explores the intricacies of human relationships, overcoming personal struggle, and the connections between good and evil.
When We Were Young
Livvy and Jack are nothing alike. Livvy is the courteous, studious daughter of two jet-setting professors; Jack is an angry transplant with a criminal record.
But Livvy’s life isn’t as easy as it seems. Unbeknownst to most, Livvy spends most of her time avoiding Luke—her overbearing, manipulative boyfriend of six years. Even though she knows she needs a change, she’s terrified to make it, so she resigns herself to a miserable senior year of high school.
Jack is new to town. Originally from Philadelphia, he is ordered to live with his biological father, David, after committing a heinous crime. Having only met David a handful of times, Jack is furious about the move… until he meets Delia, a rebellious bombshell who instantly attracts him with her risky lifestyle.
When David decides to take in Livvy after her parents surprise her with a permanent move, Jack is forced to befriend her. Quickly, the two discover they have more in common than they originally thought.
As the year erupts with heartbreak and tragedy, Livvy and Jack must find a way to keep their delicate bond from being swept away into the turmoil.
Drowning in Light
It all started with a single pain pill.
Up until that pill, high school junior Matt Davidson had it all—or, at least, everyone thought he had it all. A star athlete from a good family, no one suspected the trouble lurking beneath Matt’s carefully constructed façade. And Matt was just fine with that. Because if anyone could hear the dark thoughts that cluttered his mind, they’d know what a selfish, miserable mess he really was.
Matt thinks he can stop. He knows he can stop. And he will, just not yet. Because nothing but the pills can give him a break from his thoughts. Nothing else makes him invincible. Nothing else halts the sinking spiral of his depression.
Nothing… until he meets Amy, a mysterious and beautiful classmate who sparks a passion in him he’s never felt before. As their relationship progresses, Matt knows he can’t have them both. But he also knows he needs his pills. And when he’s finally forced to choose, the decision isn’t as easy as he’d hoped.
Eve is in shock after the sudden death of her mother. To make things worse, she is forced to move halfway across the county to live with her estranged brother and alcoholic father—the very people her mother had desperately tried to protect her from. Already battling gruesome nightmares from her past, Eve’s state of mind further deteriorates as tensions between family members turn violent.
After being ostracized at her new school for being an outsider, Eve finds solace in Eric, an attractive loner. The two of them form a strong bond, providing Eve an escape from her chaotic family life.
But soon, demons from Eric’s past begin to emerge, shattering Eve’s trust in their relationship. As Eve tries to put the pieces back together, hidden memories of her own resurface and threaten to destroy all she thought was real.
Now, Eve must struggle to come to grips with this new reality, confronting her worst fears as she questions whether anyone can truly escape their past.
In Midair is a coming-of-age story that explores the way in which our earliest experiences shape us, and grapples with the bonds that often threaten to keep us caged in the past.