Hi there! I’m the author of The Secret Life of Sam (HarperCollins), Hello Future MeBone Hollow and Skeleton Tree (Scholastic). I’ve held a variety of interesting jobs, including children’s librarian, scare actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor and overnight staff person at a women’s shelter, but my favorite job title is author. I live in Oklahoma City with my dog and co-writer, Hera. For the latest updates, follow me on Twitter and Instagram or visit me online at

I write stories that explore big emotions with gentleness, hope and a little magic. Learn more about each of my novels below. You will also find options for ordering signed copies, downloading discussion guides and inviting me to join your class or book club for virtual visits when you click “Learn More.”

The Secret Life of Sam is “…rooted in evocative descriptions and strong emotions… Magically mesmerizing and moving.”

—Kirkus starred review

🦄  “A sensitive story filled with humor, adventure and characters you want to hug. A wonderful read for all.” 

—Samantha M. Clark, author of The Boy, The Boat and the Beast

⭐ “…a sensory delight. Gabe’s voice is distinct, and…reinforces the humanity amid the magic. A heck of a good read about the bright side of some durn bad luck.”

–Kirkus starred review

💀 “Skeleton Tree is a powerful and tender story. Kim Ventrella knows when to be playful and when to break your heart.”

—Cassie Beasley, NYT-bestselling author of Circus Mirandus

🎃 Flesh-hungry ogres? Brains full of spiders? Haunted houses you can’t escape? This collection of 35 terrifying stories from today’s top horror authors will chill readers to the bone. Featuring my story, “Jingle Jangle!”

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