Alyssa Schwartz is a screenwriter and author. She has sold multiple television pilots to NBC, Fox, CW and ABC, and written films for major studios including Paramount, New Regency and MGM. Books have always been Alyssa’s first love, though, so she and her writing partner, Jessica Koosed Etting, recently expanded into young adult fiction, channeling their inner teen with the four-book “Georgetown Academy” series. Their new young adult thriller, “The Lost Causes,” was released in September 2017 and edited by Kate Egan (of The Hunger Games trilogy). Alyssa currently resides in Bethesda, Md.
Author Website: http://www.jessicaandalyssa.com/
The Lost Causes are five teens with serious problems and only one thing in common: people have written them off. Now they’re thrown together in group therapy, with vague promises of healing. Their problems do go away when they drink the water their therapist gives them. But that’s because it’s not just water ...
Unknowingly, the teens have ingested a serum that gives them psychic powers, part of an FBI plan to find out who was behind the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities, and their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.
But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.