WELCOME TO THE BLOG! With over 140 interviews logged to date, I love nothing more than getting the chance to talk to authors about their books, the writing process, what they've learned navigating the publishing journey, and even picking their brains on craft-related topics (such as how to write distinct POVs and world-building tips). They've taught me so much! I hope you enjoy reading through these amazing interviews as much as I've enjoyed putting them together.

Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Tammi talks Outrun the Wind

I'm thrilled to be featuring Elizabeth Tammi on the blog today! In addition to being an author, Elizabeth is currently studying at Mercer University as a Stamps scholar. With interests in journalism, acting, and creative writing, she has a passion for story, and with over 26,700 followers, she runs one of Tumblr's most prominent YA fiction/writing blogs at Elizabeth's debut novel, OUTRUN THE WIND, released yesterday from Flux Books and you can check out the synopsis below! The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a par

Author Spotlight: Stephanie Burgis talks The Girl With the Dragon Heart

I'm so happy to welcome Stephanie Burgis on the blog! Before Stephanie became a full-time writer, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria, earned a Master’s degree in music history, and spent three years as a doctoral student researching late-eighteenth-century opera and politics in Vienna and Eszterháza – research which directly inspired her adult historical fantasy novel, Masks and Shadows! Though born American, Stephanie spent seven years living in Yorkshire, England (where A Most Improper Magick/Kat, Incorrigible is set) and now lives in Wales with dual US/UK citizenship. Her latest middle grade novel, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON HEART, came out on November 6th from Bloo

Author Spotlight: Natasha Ngan talks Girls of Paper and Fire

I'm over the moon to be featuring the lovely Natasha Ngan on the blog today! Natasha grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger. In fact, she is co-owner of the fashion, travel, and lifestyle blog Girl in the Lens. Her YA novels THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS are out now from Hot Key Books, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE was just recently published by Jimmy Patterson/Little Brown (US) and Hodder & Stoughto

Author Spotlight: Jackson Pearce talks Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level

I'm so happy to feature Jackson Pearce on the blog today! I first discovered Jackson's work back in 2010 when I picked up a copy of Sisters Red (her YA Little Red Riding Hood re-telling) and I've been a fan ever since! As an author for young adult and middle grade readers, Jackson's latest release is Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level, which came out on November 6th from Bloomsbury Children's Books. Check out the synopsis below! "Look out, Junie B. Jones! Ellie the engineer is thinking, making, creating, and showing enthusiasm and brilliance with her creations!" - School Library Connection After Ellie's first elevator build goes terribly wrong, her parents decide her "punishment" is to assist a

Author Spotlight: Mary Watson talks The Wren Hunt

I'm thrilled to be featuring Mary Watson on the blog! Mary grew up in Cape Town where she worked as an art museum custodian, library assistant, actress in children's musicals, front-of-house duty manager, and a university lecturer. Her doctorate is in film studies and she's always been obsessed with stories. Mary attempted her first book (with illustrations) when she was five. At sixteen, she had a vivid dream about a girl and her father who walked a magic garden, hiding an awful secret. This grew into a collection of connected short stories, Moss (Kwela, 2004) which she wrote under the mentorship of André Brink at the University of Cape Town. She was awarded the Caine Prize in 2006. Her sec

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