Lynn Slaughter

Welcome to my official author's web site! I'm so glad you're visiting. I hope you'll check out my debut Young Adult novel, WHILE I DANCED.

A SOARING STORY that will engage the heart of the reader, whether or not they love ballet. As much a mystery as a young adult romance, Ms. Slaughter tells a haunting story, enhanced by her inside knowledge of the world of dance."

             —Arline Chase, author of KILLRAVEN, GHOST DANCER, and the SPIRIT SERIES, SPIRIT OF EARTH, SPIRIT OF FIRE, etc

While I Danced cover


I'm delighted to announce that my YA novel, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, will be published in early 2018 by Page Street Publishing. The deal was announced in Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf on November 7.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU centers around a cyberstalked high school advice columnist who takes matters into her own hands to figure out the secrets behind her twin sister's murder and puts herself into grave danger.

I'm thrilled to be working with Alyssa Raymond and Will Kiester at Page Street, and am very grateful to my agent, Katie Shea Boutillier, at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

     A  nerve-wracking audition for a summer ballet workshop reminds fifteen-year-old  Cass how much she wishes her mom hadn't died so young. Her dad isn't exactly  Mr. Encouragement when it comes to her dancing, and he shuts down whenever she  asks about her mother. Cass feels as though her life is a puzzle with a giant piece missing. Dancing has  become her safe place where she doesn't have to think about why her father  won't discuss her mother, or why her best friend and her boyfriend are acting weird.

     But as she  moves closer to her dream of a career in ballet, Cass uncovers secrets her friends have been keeping. Then, in the midst of an intensely competitive summer dance program and the beginnings of a new romance with a fellow dancer, she makes an even more devastating discovery, a betrayal that leaves her  questioning whether she even wants to dance at all.

     In a year when  everything Cass has ever believed about her life turns out to be false, can she  heal and forgive? And can she find her own way to pursue her passion for dance?