Mindy McGinnis

Kiley Kinnard

Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, Not A Drop to Drink, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, In A Handful of Dust was released in 2014. Her Gothic historical thriller, A Madness So Discreet was released in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books.


Join award-winning author Mindy McGinnis as she discusses her novel HEROINE, an in-depth look at the opioid crisis in the heartland, that follows the downward spiral of a promising teen from college-bound athlete to addict. Hear about the research behind the novel, including myths about addiction, and learn more about the crisis that is touching lives everywhere.

The Dirt Behind Not A Drop To Drink

Author Mindy McGinnis shares the environmental research behind her post-apocalyptic YA novel, Not A Drop to Drink, a Choose to Read Ohio title.

Blood, Brains & Lobotomies

Author Mindy McGinnis shares the research behind her Edgar Award-Winning Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET. Learn about how doctors treated brain injuries in the 1890’s and the different aspects of care for the mentally ill – for better or for worse. Also included is a brief history of The Athens Lunatic Asylum, the setting for the novel.

The Initial Insults and the Last Laugh

Mindy McGinnis discusses the inspiration for her duology The Initial Insult and The Last Laugh which draw heavily on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, while covering modern themes of class, bullying, and small town politics.


Mindy McGinnis

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