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Author News & Interviews

: Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann, author of Night Sky

Sep 10, 2014

Although Suzanne Brockmann’s latest novel, NIGHT SKY takes place in the same world as her adult book BORN TO DARKNESS --- a darkly futuristic one where girls are devalued --- it was a very unique writing experience. Not only was it Suzanne’s first foray into YA --- and she’s written 55 books! --- but it’s also the first book she wrote together her 15-year-old daughter, Melanie.

Below, Suzanne talks about what it was like to write as part of a mother-daughter team, the inspiration for some of the main characters and powers featured in NIGHT SKY, and what readers can expect from the sequel, WILD SKY.

 

Interview: Catherine Reef, author of Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life

Sep 3, 2014

Author Catherine Reef has written about authors, poets, psychologists and composers, but her latest nonfiction work takes a turn for the visual, focusing on Frida Kahlo and Diego, who are famous for both their provocative paintings and their deep love for one another. Below, read Teen Board member Maya B's.interview with Catherine, where they talk about the legendary artists as well as Catherine's research and inspiration for FRIDA & DIEGO: Art, Love, Life.

 

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.