Every Little Piece, a guest post by Betty Culley

One day last summer two surprises arrived—one in my inbox and one by snail mail. The first was an email from my wonderful editor Tara Weikum, who shared the beautiful cover art for my sophomore verse novel with HarperTeen, THE NAME SHE GAVE ME. The second was my original birth certificate, which I also saw for the first time.

I like to think it wasn’t a coincidence, and that the universe was letting me know the truths in this book of my heart deserved to be seen.

In THE NAME SHE GAVE ME, Rynn, an adopted sixteen-year-old girl, lives on a small garlic farm in rural Maine. I love how the artist, Julia Feingold, incorporated the garlic design around the words in the title.