Caitlin Lochner

Tokyo, Japan



I studied creative writing at the University of South Florida and used my BA in words to become an English teaching assistant in Tokyo. I'm in love with storytelling of any kind, but especially in the form of books, manga, and video games. If you ever want to talk nerdy, I am VERY down.

Favorite Books

Series: The Seven Realms, Harry Potter, The False Prince, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Song of the Lioness, Matt Cruse

Standalones: Hawksong, The Alchemist, The Floating Islands, Seraphina

Manga (because why not?): Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket, Tokyo Ghoul, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles

Favorite Quotes

"Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live." - Anne Sweeney

Favorite Genres

Caitlin Lochner's Manuscripts

Most Recent Blog Posts

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Celebrating in the Time of Coronavirus

When everything first started shutting down and it became clear just how dangerous the coronavirus situation had become, I was devastated for entirely personal/selfish reasons. My thesis defense would now be online. The commencement ceremony at my university was cancelled when I was supposed to walk this semester to celebrate hard work in graduate school. I was supposed to go … Read More


Caitlin Lochner, An Outcast and an Ally
Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Asexual Representation in YA: Part II

About a year ago, I wrote a Swoon blog post about asexual representation in YA. About how I wished I’d been able to see more asexual characters in the fiction I read growing up so I could’ve felt comfortable in my own skin sooner. About how I wanted to write asexual characters who are able to have their own, not-sex-dependent … Read More


A Soldier and A Liar, Caitlin Lochner, diversity, LGBTQIA+, An Outcast and an Ally
Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Announcing AN OUTCAST AND AN ALLY by Caitlin Lochner!

I can’t believe the day has finally come that I get to talk about my second book with Swoon (what??). It’s been a long, difficult process in which I wanted to bang my head against my keyboard several times over. There were more times than I can count that I thought no one would even want to read this book … Read More


An Outcast and an Ally, news, new book, A Soldier and A Liar, Caitlin Lochner
Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Swoon Author Caitlin Lochner: Ace Rep in YA

Something that’s been getting a lot more discussion in the YA field over the past few years (and deservedly so) is representation of diverse identities. Just look at how many amazing and diverse books have been coming out! The Hate U Give; Love, Hate, and Other Filters; If I Was Your Girl; Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda; The Astonishing … Read More


diversity, Caitlin Lochner, A Soldier and A Liar, LGBTQIA+

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