Kristen Simmons

Young Adult Dystopian

How They Came to Us

Joanna found Kristen’s query for her first novel, Article 5, in the slush pile.  She was instantly drawn to the set-up: can you still love someone even after they’ve been indoctrinated by a totalitarian government?  Still, Joanna almost passed on this project.  Kristen asked if she could take some of Joanna’s comments and resubmit.  Thank goodness she did!  The more Joanna read the manuscript, the more she fell in love with Kristen’s hero, Chase.  Joanna wishes she could say that it was as simple as that, but despite Chase’s dreaminess, the manuscript took a few rounds of revisions and several editors passed before Kristen found a home with TOR.

Six novels later, Kristen has become a bookseller and librarian favorite garnering tremendous praise for her YA dystopian titles.


Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.

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Article 5 Series

Article 5

Breaking Point



The Glass Arrow



The Deceivers

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