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Interview: Karen Fortunati, author of The Weight of Zero

Oct 11, 2016

For a few years now, young adult authors have taken huge steps to discuss mental illnesses and the symptoms, treatments and life with these conditions. Few books, however, approach the topic of bipolar disorder with the grace, respect and humanity of debut author Karen Fortunati's THE WEIGHT OF ZERO. Already a title on the Indies Introduce list for Summer/Fall 2016 and a Seventeen magazine pick for "What's Hot This Month," THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is poignant, honest and above all, respectful. In celebration of the release, Teenreads had the pleasure of interviewing Karen about being a debut author, discussing difficult topics and staying true to her young readers. Read below to learn more!

Interview: Matt Phelan, author of Snow White: A Graphic Novel

Sep 13, 2016

SNOW WHITE: A GRAPHIC NOVEL --- written and illustrated by award-winning author Matt Phelan --- is a retelling of the classic fairytale like you've never seen before. Set in New York in the 1930s, Phelan's gorgeous artwork will sweep you away into a familiar story, but with a lot of interesting changes on the characters and story you love. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Dana Cuadrado, Matt Phelan shares his inspiration for his "Snow White" reimagining as well as his artistic process in illustrating the story. 

Interview: Catherine Egan, author of Julia Vanishes

Jun 15, 2016

In JULIA VANISHES, the first book in debut author Catherine Egan's Witch's Child trilogy, Julia has the ability to disappear --- more or less. It's the perfect ability for a thief and a spy. Julia's latest job requires her to infiltrate Ms. Och's mansion and spy on the goings-on of its mysterious residents.

Interview: Liz Kessler, author of Read Me Like a Book

Jun 13, 2016

Who am I? Who will I become? These are tough questions for any teen to answer.  In READ ME LIKE A BOOK, 17-year-old Ashleigh Walker’s life has become a whirlwind; from coping with her parents’ marital troubles, to navigating her first sort-of relationship, Ash’s future is daunting and uncertain. The answers to these questions become even less clear when Miss Murray --- the cool English teacher --- takes over Ash’s class...and her heart. Miss Murray becomes the one constant for Ash; forcing her to try a little harder, to care a little deeper, and to confront these difficult questions head on. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Terrell Orr, author Liz Kessler discusses the social and political climate surrounding the novel, her thoughts about social media, and what she has in store for readers next!

Interview: Kat Helgeson, author of Gena/Finn

May 25, 2016

In this technologically-ripe age, teens are finding tons of new ways to make friends, be it through online forums about shared interests or conversations with people you know IRL via text or email. Either way, it's clear that there are more ways than one to get to know a person. In GENA/FINN, authors Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson --- who met online, by the way --- team up to share the story of two girls who become fast friends through their shared love of a popular television show. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Katherine Szabo, Hannah and Kat discuss their love of fandoms and how they feel technology has allowed people from various backgrounds to connect.