About Diana Urban

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Diana Urban, Author

Diana Urban is an author of dark, twisty thrillers, including All Your Twisted Secrets, These Deadly Games, and Lying in the Deep (Penguin Teen, coming May 2, 2023). Her novels have been published internationally, and she’ll be featured in the Firsts and Lasts anthology (Penguin Workshop, 2023). When she’s not torturing her fictional characters, she freelances in video game narrative writing. She lives with her husband and cat in Boston and enjoys reading, playing video games, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance. Visit her online at dianaurban.com.

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Author Headshots

All photo credit goes to Diana Urban. Yep, tripod headshots during pandemic times.

Key Information About My Books

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Title: All Your Twisted Secrets
Publisher: HarperTeen / HarperCollins
Release date: March 17th, 2020
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audio
Rights sold: UK, Canada, Australia, France, Russia, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain
ISBN-10: 0062908219
ISBN-13: 978-0062908216

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

Title: These Deadly Games
Publisher: Wednesday Books / Macmillan
Release date: February 1, 2022
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audio
Rights sold: Spain, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic
ISBN-10: 1250797195
ISBN-13: 978-1250797193

When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call.

But then Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt—and kill—her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did…

As Crystal makes the impossible choices between her friends and her sister, she must uncover the truth and find a way to outplay the kidnapper… before it’s too late.

Title: Lying in the Deep
Publisher: Razorbill Books / Penguin Random House
Release date: May 2, 2023
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audio
Rights sold: TBD
ISBN-10: 0593527607
ISBN-13: 978-0593527603

A juicy mystery of jealousy, love, and betrayal set on a Semester at Sea-inspired cruise ship, with a diverse cast of delightfully suspicious characters who’ll leave you guessing with every jaw-dropping twist.

After being jilted by her ex-boyfriend and best friend, Jade couldn’t be more ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—11 countries in 4 months, all from the luxurious Campus on Board ship—and to wedge an entire globe between her and the people who broke her heart.

But when Jade discovers the backstabbing couple are also setting sail, her obsession with them grows and festers, leading to a shocking murder. And as their friends begin to drop like flies, Jade and her new crush must race to clear her name and find the killer they’re trapped at sea with….before anyone else winds up in body bags.

News & Buzz

These Deadly Games

Cosmopolitan: 10 of the Best New Books to Read (February 2022)

Girls Life: 8 Books to Read Based on the Cutest Candy Heart Messages (February 2022)

The Nerd Daily: Q&A: Diana Urban, Author of These Deadly Games (February 2022)

Paste Magazine: The Best New Young Adult Books of February 2022 (February 2022)

BookRiot: Most Anticipated Books of 2022 (January 2022)

Goodreads: The 68 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2022 (January 2022)

The Nerd Daily: 72 Upcoming YA Book Releases to Add To Your TBR (January 2022)

Seventeen: The Ten Best Young Adult Books Arriving in 2022 (December 2021)

Buzzfeed: 40 Highly Anticipated YA Books Releasing in the First Half of 2020 (November 2021)

She Reads: Best Fiction Books Coming in 2022 (November 2021)

All Your Twisted Secrets

Elite Daily: 10 Books to Read if you Love Squid Game (October 2021)

Epic Reads: 2020's YA Fiction Books to Read Before the Year Ends (November 2020)

BuzzFeed: New YA Thrillers and Mysteries You Won't Want to Put Down (July 2020)

The Nerd Daily: Read These 2020 YA Mystery Books for the Ultimate Thrill Ride (April 2020)

Paste Magazine: The Best Young Adult Books of 2020 (March 2020)

Cosmopolitan: The Best Young Adult Books You Literally Won't Be Able to Put Down in 2020 (March 2020)

Goodreads: The Best Young Adult Books of March (March 2020)

Epic Reads: YA Books that Wonderfully Blend Revenge and Romance (March 2020)

Publishers Weekly: Children's Book Review - All Your Twisted Secrets (January 2020)

BookBub: The Young Adult Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2020 (January 2020)

PopSugar: New Thriller and Mystery Books to Look Out For in 2020 (January 2020)

PopSugar: Promising New YA Books to Look Out For in 2020 (December 2019)

Forever Young Adult: Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (December 2019)

School Library Journal: All Your Twisted Secrets Review (November 2019)

SheReads: The Most Anticipated YA Books of 2020 (October 2019)

Hypable: ‘All Your Twisted Secrets’ Cover Reveal, Excerpt (July 2019)

The Big Thrill: Unlocking the Allure of Locked-Room Thrillers (March 2019)