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Author News & Interviews

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!


Interview: Gregory Maguire, author of After Alice

Oct 28, 2015

Gregory Maguire is no stranger to rewriting classic children’s fairy tales for adults. His first try was an overwhelming success; WICKED --- a vividly realized revisionist take on L. Frank Baum’s THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ --- was adapted into one of the most popular Broadway shows of all time. Now he returns with AFTER ALICE, a magical new twist on ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, which was recently published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic. In this interview with The Book Report Network’s Bronwyn Miller, Maguire discusses what interests him about rewriting children’s stories and how he chooses his subject matter. He also talks about the importance of books in children’s lives --- a subject he is deeply passionate about --- and how he’s careful to avoid a fistfight with Harper Lee.