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February 24, 2012

Gaby Rodriguez and THE PREGNANCY PROJECT

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Gaby Rodriguez is just your typical high school girl. Standing in front of a room full of librarians, booksellers and publishers at Simon and Schuster’s 2012 Spring Preview, she was cool and confident --- and you never would have guessed she’d been the topic of national news headlines for the past nine months.
February 16, 2012

Melody Carlson on the Story Behind the Story

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  Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including NEVER BEEN KISSED and DOUBLE TAKE. She recently was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and FINDING ALICE. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Here she writes about the inspiration for her new book THE JERK MAGNET. Check out our special feature for the book here!  
February 15, 2012

Abby McDonald on Getting it Done

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  Abby McDonald was born in Sussex, England. She studied at Oxford, then dabbled in music-writing, receptionist work, and low-paid data monkey jobs until she sold her first novel in 2007. She has been a full-time author ever since, publishing six novels --- four YA, and two for adults --- by the time she was twenty-six. She lives in Los Angeles. Here she talks about how she motivates herself. Click here to win a copy of her book!  
February 14, 2012

Daisy Whitney on Writing a Sequel

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Daisy Whitney is a new-media producer, a reporter, an internationally known web show creator, and author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel, THE RIVALS. She lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband, kids, and adorable dog. Daisy believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies, and karma.   
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of two previous young adult novels, THE COMEBACK SEASON and YOU ARE HERE. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Here she talks about choosing a title.
  Jennifer E. Smith is the author of two previous young adult novels, THE COMEBACK SEASON and YOU ARE HERE. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Here she talks about choosing a title.  
February 6, 2012

Love Maia Talks to Herself

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  Love Maia has worked construction, flown planes, and starred in an infomercial. She loves the freeing energy of the club world, as well as pizza, butterflies, death metal, and underground hip-hop. Her debut novel, DJ RISING, was released on February 6th. When not hard at work on her next novel, Love can be found playing drums in an alternative rock band around San Francisco. Here she talks about writing, music, and butterfly wings.  
February 1, 2012

Julie Cross on Becoming a Published Author

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Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never wrote fiction before May of 2009, but since then, hasn't gone a day without writing. Here she talks about what it felt like to become a published author.