Welcome to James, whom Carlisle found through 2020’s DVPit. DVPit is an annual Twitter pitch event “for self-identifying, historically marginalized authors & illustrators.” Carlisle fell in love with James’s contemporary YA novel, which James pitched as “Track star and resident Sad Boy Bash Villeda has a hard time separating Bro and Bae when he starts hanging out with Italian teddy bear Sandro Miceli, a sweet but volatile shot putter,” and she hopes teen audiences will love it too.