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Interview: Paige Rawl, author of Positive: A Memoir

Sep 2, 2014

What would you do if you told your best friend your deepest secret --- and than she told everyone within the hour? That's exactly what happened to Paige Rawl, who divulged her HIV positive status to her friend and soon after was bullied by the entire school with nowhere to turn for help. At 15 she found herself facing a bottle of pills, but pulled herself back, fought the system about bullying laws and has become an inspiration for teens everywhere.

Interview: Em Garner, author of Contaminated 2: Mercy Mode

Aug 5, 2014

Most of us have a pretty good working definition of zombies: shuffling beings who have come back from the dead and want some humans for dinner. In Em Garner's Contaminated series, though, the zombies aren't "undead" at all --- they're simply living people who sipped a diet-drink-gone-wrong, and instead of losing some extra pounds, they became shambling creatures unable to stop their violent impulses. In our interview, Em talks about why she took this new twist on zombies, as well as the inspiration for her protagonist, Velvet, and how writing CONTAMINATED 2: Mercy Mode was different from writing the first book.

Interview: Gwendolyn Heasley, author of Don't Call Me Baby

Jun 4, 2014

Blogs are fantastic --- anyone can write one, and they can take readers into the worlds of fashion, cooking, music, middle grade novels... pretty much anything a person could ever want to know. But what if there was a blog about you that spared no details --- a blog that shared everything from your first words to your school troubles, and, if you're a girl, even talked about your first period?!

That's what Imogene, the protagonist in DON'T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley, has to contend with every day --- her mom is a famous blogger, and Imogene is her favorite, er, only, subject. When Imogene is forced to start her own blog as part of a school project, she is reluctant to put even more of her life in cyberspace. However, she realizes that this might be the chance she's been waiting for --- the chance to define herself for the first time.

In our interview with Gwendolyn, she tells us what she thinks about mommy bloggers, what actress would play Imogene in a movie and just how obsessed she was with The Baby-Sitters Club when she was a teen.


Interview: Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Lost

May 21, 2014

Have you ever wondered what happened to that lost pearl earring, or your other sock? What about those play tickets that you know you had in your back pocket? According to award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst, they’re all floating around in Lost, a mysterious desert town that is filled with lost glasses, keys and people --- people who can’t escape until they’ve figured out what they’re missing. Sarah Beth’s new book, THE LOST, follows a young woman named Lauren who ends up in this dusty place and needs to figure out how to get back home. Read below to learn more about the book --- as well which personal items Sarah Beth thinks she might have misplaced in Lost, why she loves the southwest and what’s next for the series.


Interview: Kerri Majors, author of This is Not a Writing Manual

May 19, 2014

Kerri Majors knows a thing or two about writing --- she has an MFA from Columbia and is the founder and editor of the Young Adult Review Network, an online literary journal that focuses on all things YA. We asked her to give aspiring teen writers some advice. See below for some "rapid fire" words of wisdom, and some more in-depth knowledge.