About Catherine Ryan Hyde
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 19 published and forthcoming novels, including Pay it Forward, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, and Don’t Let Me Go.
Other newer novels are Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, When You Were Older, and Jumpstart the World. Forthcoming is Walk Me Home.
How to be a Writer in the E-Age and Keep Your E-Sanity, which Catherine co-authored with writer and industry blogger Anne R. Allen, is due out this month from Mark Williams International.
Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 25 languages for distribution in over 32 countries.
She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation.
About Don't Let Me Go
Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and 9-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen.
But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building’s front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy’s patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”
Her answer changes everything.
Accolades for Don't Let Me Go
“Catherine Ryan Hyde at her utter best.” –ChickLit Reviews
“An excellent read.” –New Books Review
“Original and wonderful.” –The Sun