Food & Fiction Writer

Alanna Peterson

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Welcome!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you’re here. 

My background is in molecular biology and nutritional science, and I’m the author of a series of food justice-focused young adult thrillers. I love learning new languages, creating elegant spreadsheets, digging in the dirt, and chopping vegetables.

My Books

When We Vanished

When We Vanished, a YA thriller about four young people, a secretive research facility, and one very addictive snack food, is now available in paperback and digital editions!

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of When We Vanished

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  • & more!

On the Blog

On Hiatus

I'll be taking a break from blogging for a little while to give me time to dive into edits for the sequel to When We Vanished, which will be coming out in November 2020.

The Privilege of Clean Eating

It's easy to eat healthy on a budget, right? Well... not exactly. In this post, I delve deeper into the way that food choices intersect with privilege.

Sourdough Crackers

I used to have the hardest time making homemade crackers--until I unlocked the secret to baking these perfectly crisp, savory snacks.

Virtual Launch of When We Vanished!

When We Vanished is now available in stores! Check out the online launch: read an interview, watch the virtual reading, and join me for Q&A.

My Journey to Publication

My path to publication was full of setbacks, but now my debut novel is about to hit stores! This is the story of how When We Vanished became a real book.

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