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Author News & Interviews

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.

Interview: C.E. Laureano, author of Oath of the Brotherhood

May 5, 2014

What do you get when you combine one part Celtic fantasy and two parts action-oriented epics? THE OATH OF THE BROTHERHOOD by C.E. Laureano, the first installment of The Song of Seare! As C.E. tells Teenreads, she was reading (and adoring) books that fell into these two categories, and knew that combining the themes --- and adding some evil faeries, fast-paced battle scenes, ancient religion and a beautiful harp –- would make for an unforgettable series. C.E. tells us more about her inspiration below, along with her fascination with Ireland, the novel she wrote when she was 16-years-old and her favorite fantasy authors.

Author Talk: Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Apr 3, 2014

Gabrielle Zevin is the author of award-winning books for young adults, including MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC and ELSEWHERE. Her latest novel for adults, THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY, is about a bookseller and collector who, after a series of tragic and disappointing events, is slowly but surely isolating himself from all the people around him. But when a mysterious package appears at his bookstore, it gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over and the ability to see everything anew.

In this interview that originated from Bookselling This Week (a dedicated section of BookWeb.org), Zevin talks about how this book was inspired by the “trauma of getting published at 27,” and how the publishing world is different in real life than it appears in the movies (hint: There’s a way larger cast of supporting characters). She also discusses why bookstores are so beloved, why she chose to feature short stories in her novel, how risky it was to write a book about the book community --- and how lucky she feels to have its support.