In 2007, her world was shaken by a local tragedy. Over the course of the following year, she got into the habit of writing, including The Selection and handful of other titles. She self-published The Siren in 2009.
In early 2010 she started querying The Selection and was lucky enough to find an agent in Elana Roth. After a few months, Erica Sussman at HarperTeen snapped up The Selection, and it came out in the spring of 2012. She is now a New York Times bestselling author.