Author Angela Small
AK Small



BIRDS OF PARADISE, starring Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth, a film based on BRIGHT BURNING STARS, drops on Amazon Prime September 24, 2021! Read before you watch or watch before you read! Here is a glance at the trailer.


"A.K. Small’s debut novel, Bright Burning Stars, is basically YA catnip."

—  Entertainment Weekly



A.K. Small's debut novel, BRIGHT BURNING STARS, was published by Algonquin Young Readers in May 2019 and released in paperback March 2021. It was one of BN Teens Most Anticipated Books of 2019 and the cover was revealed at It received a starred Kirkus Review and was a recommended read in the August issue of Cosmopolitan.

In addition to BRIGHT BURNING STARS, A.K. Small's second novel, FEATHER GIRL, is in the works.

A.K. Small also spends time on short stories. Her short story, Anthrocon, 2017 was nominated for a Pushcart prize by the Bellevue Literary Review. Other stories such as the Flour Baby and The Interior Designer were also nominated or runner-up to prizes.


A.K. Small grew up in Paris near the Sacré Coeur, graduated from the College of William and Mary, and later received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

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Dear Readers!


I have been fast at work on FEATHER GIRL and hope to be able to share this new story with you in not too long. I'm wondering what everyone thought of BIRDS OF PARADISE. I've received messages from some of you and it's been great fun to hear the comparisons between book and film! I am so grateful for my readership. 

May spring come soon and warm us all.

xx, A.K Small




Attention fiction writers: If you're looking to take your manuscript to the next level, A.K. Small is available for consultation.

Her expertise will provide micro and macro edits, as well as character, plot, setting, and most importantly, internal and external struggles within your novel. 

A.K. Small currently provides manuscript consultation services for Literary Fiction, YA Fiction, and Women's Lit. She does not accept non-fiction or genre fiction. 

Consultation Process:

  • Email A.K. Small a little about your writing experience and goals, a brief description of your book, and the first 5 pages

  • A.K. Small will provide you with pricing details and information on turnaround time

  • Once approved, A.K. Small will read your whole novel thoroughly, then supply a detailed editorial letter. After reading her suggestions, she will spend an hour on the phone or via Skype discussing any questions you still might have.