Food & Fiction Writer

Alanna Peterson

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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 hitting the shelves on June 2, 2020!

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Resource Portal

Dive Deeper into the world
of When We Vanished

  • Behind the scenes stories & photos
  • Recommended reading & resources
  • Discussion questions
  • Glossary
  • Maps
  • Recipes
  • & more!

On the Blog

Win a $ 50 Bookstore Gift Card + When We Vanished Prize Pack

Enter before 6/2/20 to win a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice, a signed copy of When We Vanished, a swag pack & handmade tote bag!

When We Vanished Available for Preorder

My debut young adult thriller, When We Vanished, is now available for preorder at various online retailers ahead of its June 2 release date!

Writing About Violence

My debut novel, When We Vanished, contains some violent scenes. A few early readers suggested toning them down. I decided not to - and here's why.

Vegan Pizza Night

For a long time, the perfect vegan pizza eluded me... but now I've cracked the code! Vegan ricotta + an olive oil-herb base = pizza perfection.

Food Justice in the News: May 2020

Catch up on some of the recent news about the impact of Covid-19 on food chain workers, particularly workers on farms and in meat-packing plants.

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