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January 30, 2012

Jodi Meadows on Countering Feelings of Inadequacy

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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. Her first published novel, INCARNATE, is the first in a trilogy about a girl who is the first new soul born in a society where everyone else has been reincarnated many times before. Here Jodi talks about how the themes of her genre-crossing fantasy novel are actually very relevant to real life.
January 25, 2012

Tess Hilmo on What Makes Middle Grade Fiction

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Tess Hilmo is a writer and an amateur composer who lives in Utah at the base of the Rocky Mountains. With a Name Like Love is her first novel. For more information, visit www.tesshilmo.com.  
Steve’s fiction, poetry, and non-fiction articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, Poets & Writers, Mississippi Review, 100 Percent Pure Florida Fiction, North American Review and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. A graduate of Florida State University, Steve teaches journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington. He also teaches Ashtanga yoga, and has worked as an investigator and advocate for abused and neglected children through the child advocacy organization CASA. Steve lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife Janet, and is the father of four daughters–Maggie, Eva, Claire, and Lili. Steve and Janet have served for the past three years as co-directors of the religious education program at the Fredericksburg Unitarian Universalist Church. Steve and Lili, who is 6, are active volunteers in Tree Fredericksburg, an urban reforestation project.
January 12, 2012

Cate Tiernan on Her Brain, the Bread Machine

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  Cate Tiernan was born and raised in New Orleans, but now lives in North Carolina with her husband and children.  She is also the author of the popular young adult fantasy series Sweep and Balefire. Here she talks about how she goes about writing her books.    
January 5, 2012

Alecia Whitaker on a Solid Foundation

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Alecia Whitaker Alecia Whitaker grew up with a big imagination on a small farm in Kentucky. She knows more about cows, tobacco, frog gigging, and carpentry than the average girl, and she applies the work ethic and common sense she learned from her southern upbringing to the way she now navigates her career and family life in the big city.
January 3, 2012

Veronica Rossi on the Appeal of the Apocalypse in Fiction

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  Veronica Rossi graduated from UCLA and studied fine art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She began writing fiction for teens and received first-place awards in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SouthWest Writers annual contests before completing UNDER THE NEVER SKY. It’s since captivated publishers in more than twenty-five countries worldwide and been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Veronica lives in northern California with her husband and two sons. Here she talks about The End.