Kevin St. Jarre is the author of Celestine, as well as Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle, his first novel with Encircle Publications. He previously penned three original thriller novels for Berkley Books, the Night Stalkers series, under a pseudonym. He's a published poet, his pedagogical essays have run in English Journal and thrice in Phi Delta Kappan, and his short fiction has appeared in journals such as Story. He has worked as a teacher and professor, a newspaper reporter, an international corporate consultant, and he led a combat intelligence team in the first Gulf War. Kevin is a polyglot, and he earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Popular Fiction from University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program. Twice awarded scholarships, he studied at the Norman Mailer Writers Center on Cape Cod, MA, with Sigrid Nunez and David Black, and wrote in southern France at La Muse Artists & Writers Retreat. He is a member of MWPA and the International Thriller Writers. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Kevin grew up in Maine's northernmost town, Madawaska. He now lives on the Maine coast, and is always working on the next novel. Follow Kevin at www.facebook.com/kstjarre and on Twitter @kstjarre.
"Futuristic and yet incredibly relatable, Celestine's loneliness and confusion becomes what we connect with the most. St. Jarre's gripping writing and witty humour captures a sense of alienation that is familiar to any reader, no matter if they're an interstellar voyager or teenage girl in her senior year. Celestine turns the old and ordinary into the strange and unknown, invoking fresh starts and nostalgic curiosity within everyone." -Bruna Gomes, author of How to Disappear"This is a kick-ass, smart, affecting, engrossing, and savvy YA novel." -Benee Knauer, New York Times bestselling editor"If you like a hit-the-ground-running story like I do, then you'll really groove on Celestine." -Judi Valentine, author of two YA books: The Crystal Chain and The Reluctant Ghost of Brivalle Castle"Celestine by Kevin St. Jarre is an emotional exploration of the passing of time, the impact of loss, and ultimately what matters most in a changing world." -Shana Youngdahl, author of As Many Nows As I Can Get"In St. Jarre's latest work, a seventeen-year-old girl survives a deadly disease on an interplanetary mission and returns to Earth as an outcast in her small town. Both coming-of-age novel and eerily appropriate social commentary, Celestine gives readers a heroine to root for in an uncertain world." -Paula Treick DeBoard, critically acclaimed author of The Drowning Girls and The Mourning Hours