Kristen Otte

Finding Love and Laughter through Story

Young Adult

ThePhotograph_Ebook_FinalThe Photograph

On a quest for truth, one girl will find more than she bargained for.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Brandt is excited about her six-month anniversary with her boyfriend, Brent, getting her driver’s license, and competing for a district championship in her first season on the varsity basketball team.

But when Rachel stumbles across a photograph of her parents, she can’t shake the feeling that she is meant to find her mother, whose identity is a secret her grandparents have closely guarded. All Rachel knows is that her mother disappeared around the time her father was killed in action in the Gulf War a few months after she was born.

Her discovery of the photograph sends Rachel on a search for her mother against her grandparents’ wishes and propels her life into a tailspin. She never imagines her search will reveal a series of lies that jeopardizes every important relationship in her life and ultimately lead Rachel to question her identity.

The Photograph is a contemporary young adult novel for ages 12-16 that follows Rachel’s search for her mother through the backdrop of her basketball team’s quest for its first district championship in twelve years.

Read an excerpt from the first chapter here.


Amazon (The Photograph is currently an Amazon exclusive title.)


The Final Hour – Free Short Story

Jake knows his fears are becoming reality when the phone rings at 4am. But Jake gets out of bed to face the inevitable- the death of his mother.

The Final Hour is a contemporary young adult short story which puts you into the thoughts and emotions of a teenager struggling with loss.

The Final Hour is a free short story available on my BlogWattpad, and Noisetrade books.


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