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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Erica O'Rourke  

Pen Name: Lucy Kerr


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in

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Illinois Connection

O'Rourke lives outside of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Erica O'Rourke also writes under the pen name of Lucy Kerr. She is an award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her debut adult mystery, ''Time of Death'', was published in December 2016 under her pen name.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Torn (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
ISBN: 060623537X

Turtleback Books. 2011

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When Mo Fitzgerald witnesses her best friend's murder, she must enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances in order to find the murderer, and she becomes entangled with two different and equally dangerous boys between whom she must choose.

Tangled (Torn)
ISBN: 0758267053

Kensington -Teen. 2012

Constance started to keen as the air around us began to thrash and twist, the caustic scent of ozone burning my nose. As I watched, her dark gold hair began to lift and kink into knots.

"I'm here. It'll be okay." It was the last thing I said before my best friend's little sister went supernova in the second-floor girls' bathroom, taking me with her.

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend's murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic – and the Chicago Mob – have other plans.

Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help – and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she's dreamed of and the one she's destined for.

Praise for Erica O'Rourke's Torn

"Dark, magical, and delicious!"

--New York Times bestselling author C. L. Wilson

"Exciting and totally addictive! Just. . .wow!"

--Kristi Cook, author of Haven

Be sure to read Erica O'Rourke's magical debut novel!

"Torn will keep you turning pages ‘til the very end."

--New York Times bestselling author C. L. Wilson

Bound (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
ISBN: 0606263764

Turtleback Books. 2012

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice--a life and future in Chicago with Colin, leaving behind magic, the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs--but every decision she has made, from avenging her best friend's death to protecting the people she loves, has come at a terrible price, and the more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. Original.

ISBN: 1442460245

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2014

In this inventive romantic thriller, Del has the power to navigate between alternate realities—and the power to save multiple worlds.

Delancey knows for sure that there is more than one universe. Many more. Because every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—all of these choices create alternate universes in which echo selves take the roads not traveled. Del knows all of this because she’s a Walker, someone who can navigate between the worlds, and whose job is to keep the dimensions in harmony.

But Del’s decisions have consequences too. Even though she’s forbidden from Walking after a training session goes horribly wrong, she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds. She’s particularly intrigued by the echo versions of Simon Lane, a guy who won’t give her the time of day in the main world, but whose alternate selves are uniquely interested. But falling for Simon draws Del closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

Resonance (Dissonance)
ISBN: 144246027X

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2015

As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice...

“O’Rourke brilliantly builds an intricate and complex alternate science-fiction universe…fans will be longing for the next installment.” —School Library Journal

Time of Death: A Stillwater General Mystery
ISBN: 1629539910

Crooked Lane Books. 2016

It’s been twelve years since ER nurse Frankie Stapleton fled the quiet banks of Stillwater, but with her sister’s pregnancy taking a dangerous turn and a string of failed relationships in Chicago hanging over her, Frankie is back–and hoping to put the past behind her. Within minutes of arriving at Stillwater General Hospital however, she ends up saving a man’s life, only to have him turn up dead hours later – and the hospital blames Frankie.

Her instincts say Clem Jensen didn’t die of natural causes, but the more she digs, the more she discovers too many suspects, a few surprising allies, and some hard truths about the first man she ever loved–and left. Now the boy she once knew is a skeptical sheriff’s deputy, her family's hardware store is in jeopardy, and the rift between Frankie and her loved ones is deeper than ever.

With her career–and future–on life support, Frankie must catch a killer, clear her name, and heal the wounds of the past in Lucy Kerr’s enthralling mystery debut, Time of Death.



  • Golden Heart Award for Best Young Adult Manuscript, Romance Writers of America, 2010

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    O'Rourke enjoys talking about books and writing. As a former junior high and high school teacher, she is comfortable speaking with groups (book clubs, school visits, writing groups, Skype visits)

    of all ages and sizes on a variety of topics and is happy to customize a program for a group's specific needs.

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    Literary Agent

    Joanna Volpe, President New Leaf Literary and Media, Inc. 110 West 40th Street, Suite 2201 New York, NY 10018