Rose Szabo

Rose  Szabo

Rose is no longer able to make it to this year's TBF. Check out the other authors coming this weekend!

Queer writer from Richmond, Virginia. Obsessed with horror, tabletop games, and material culture, particularly fashion. I’ve written some short stories about monsters and some essays about the intersection of gender, sexuality, and clothes.

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We All Fall Down: The River City Series (Book 1)

We All Fall Down: The River City Series (Book 1)
Fantasy, LGBTQ, 9780374314323
Recommended for teens

In River City, where magic used to thrive and is now fading, the witches who once ruled the city along with their powerful King have become all but obsolete. The city's crumbling government is now controlled primarily by the new university and teaching hospital, which has grown to take over half of the city. Moving between the decaying Old City and the ruthless New, four young queer people struggle with the daily hazards of life―work, school, dodging ruthless cops and unscrupulous scientists―not realizing that they have been selected to play in an age-old drama that revives the flow of magic through their world. When a mysterious death rocks their fragile peace, the four are brought into each other's orbits as they uncover a deeper magical conspiracy.

What Big Teeth

What Big Teeth
Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, 9780374314309
Recommended for teens
Recommended to read before TBF

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds. Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.


When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Rose answered I did run losing campaigns for both Senior Class President and Miss Brentsville District High School..

Other Fun Facts

  • I almost got suspended in high school for running a tabloid version of the school newspaper.
  • I love coffee, and am growing a coffee plant in my home.
  • My favorite book is Moby Dick, and I have a Moby Dick tattoo.
  • My best friend from high school is now my neighbor.
  • My favorite YA author growing up was Tamora Pierce.