Skip to main content

Author News & Interviews

: 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.

Interview: Gene Luen Yang, author of Secret Coders

Jan 4, 2016

We were thrilled to hear that Gene Luen Yang --- award-winning author of graphic novels AMERICAN BORN CHINESE and BOXERS & SAINTS and the new Secret Coders series --- was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Below, Gene talks about his platform "Reading Without Walls," how his experience teaching has influenced his writing and why he thinks graphic novels --- and reading as a whole --- is so important. 


: Monica McGurk, author of Dark Rising

Nov 16, 2015

A lot of authors will tell you that research is paramount to writing a good novel. Even if you’re working on a piece of fiction, you want it to breathe with authenticity --- the issues should be dealt with in realistic ways, events should be historically accurate and settings should look like the real thing.

Luckily, Monica McGurk, author of the Archangel Prophecies series, is an expert at this, and dug into all kinds of fascinating (and at times upsetting) research for DARK HOPE and DARK RISING (and the final book, DARK BEFORE DAWN); she studied angels, child trafficking and even took trips to Las Vegas and Istanbul!

Monica talks about her research below, as well as the hardest scene to write, why she loves writing young adult fiction and the most interesting thing about forbidden love (a major plot point in the series). Read the full interview, below, and be sure to check out DARK HOPE and DARK RISING!


Interview: Ryan Graudin, author of Wolf by Wolf

Nov 9, 2015

We were so excited to run a Twitter chat with YA author Ryan Graudin on November 4th, whose latest book, WOLF BY WOLF, came out on October 20, 2015.  Did you miss it? Don’t worry --- we reposted some of our Tweets back and forth, below! AND, because we only got to chat for half an hour, Ryan graciously agreed to answer our remaining questions via email. You can see those below, too --- which format do you like better?

P.S.: Curious about the hashtag #MBFGraudin? The MBF stands for the Miami Book Fair, who helped put this together. Ryan will be speaking there on November 20th, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check her out!