Becky Allen Books

YA fantasy writer. Not a morning person.

Category: My Life

  • Writing Through the Pandemic: 2020 Wordcount

    Hello! First a reminder that I only update this blog once a year for this very word count post. If you want to know what I’m up to more often, try my newsletter (though even that isn’t too frequent…). After everything the horrors of last year took from us, perhaps the pettiest complaint is that […]


  • Dad watching Tammy, my oldest sister, in the 60s.

    Reading and Writing and Dad, and Freed by Flame and Storm’s Pub Day

    Today is the release of my second book, Freed by Flame and Storm. This should be a celebratory blog post, but it isn’t quite. This is the book’s dedication: My father passed away two weeks ago today. You can see how Freed’s release is bittersweet. * It wasn’t until I was in college that I […]


  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Scourge of Apathy and The Catcher In The Rye

    So. The Catcher in the Rye. I have to admit, this was one of the books I most dreaded reading for this project, because it’s also one of the very few I’ve read before. And the truth was, I didn’t like it very much. And it’s really hard to talk about why without feeling like […]


  • The Free World of Francie Nelson’s Brooklyn

    I knew even less about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I started reading it than I had about Little Women. But it was, in a lot of a ways, a perfect answer to Little Women, right down to the moment, early on, where Francie mentions that she read and enjoyed Little Women. Liberty vs. […]


  • Hardcover, audio, ARCs. Maybe I will use them to build a fort.


    It’s here. Wow. A little under two years ago I first posted on Facebook that my book had sold. I just snuck a glance back at that post (which involved a little bit of profanity and a lot of capslock) and a friend who’s known me pretty much my whole life commented, “I know this […]


  • BBB&S promo

    It’s Almost Here! Roundup and Teaser

    LOOK WHAT JUST ARRIVED!!! The CD copies of my audiobook! It's nine hours, eight discs, read by the ridiculously talented January LaVoy. I can't wait to listen! (Uh… Does anyone have a CD player I could borrow…?) #YAfantasy #YAbooks #bookstagram #BBBAS #audiobooks A photo posted by Becky (@allreb) on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:20am PDT […]


  • writing notes

    Fun With Numbers, or, One Year Writing

    I’ve tracked my writing in various ways for years and years – but generally only in sheer number of words drafted, which (I’ve mentioned before) has always led to me feeling as if I’m not making progress when I do anything but draft, and that is no good! So in late January 2015, I decided […]


  • Looking Back, From Pit to Peak

    Well, here we are at the beginning of a shiny new year. As I’ve said in previous years, I don’t really tend to make resolutions. I’ve found they don’t really work for me. When I’m ready to make a change or do something I need to, I just do it; trying to force myself to […]


  • Introducing BOUND BY BLOOD AND SAND, aka, MY BOOK SOLD!!!

    I’ve been trying to think of a fun or artful or eloquent way of putting it, but mostly I just keeping doing this to anyone who stands still long enough: Here’s the blurb from the Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report: Kate Sullivan at Delacorte Press has acquired Becky Allen’s debut Bound by Blood and Sand and […]


  • Exclamation Point

    The Big, Exciting News

    So I have some news. Some pretty big news. Some pretty rad news. Some pretty big and rad news. Which is this: I’ve recently signed on as a client of literary agent Hannah Bowman, of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency. Holy crap, wow. This is something I have been working towards for a long, long […]