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Interview: Hamish Steele, author of DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1)

Aug 22, 2018

This August, animation director and comic book artist and writer Hamish Steele released his second book, DEADENDIA. The first book in a series, DEADENDIA follows best friends Barney and Norma, who are employees at a strange theme park (which doubles as a portal to hell) as they struggle to battle demonic forces and get by in their personal lives. In celebration of the release, we had the opportunity to ask Steele about his inspiration for the plot, his wonderfully diverse characters and his artistic influences. Read our interview to learn more about how close DEADENDIA is to its author, and what we can expect from future installments.

Interview: Maggie Ann Martin, author of To Be Honest

Aug 21, 2018

Last year, author Maggie Ann Martin made her debut with THE BIG F, about a young woman who must retake her senior English class to get into her dream school. This year, Maggie is back and tackling some important social issues in TO BE HONEST. Her sophomore contemporary novel is about high school senior, Savannah, or Savvy, as she navigates this pivotal time in her life and deals with issues such as body image, parental pressure, first love, feeling lonely and finding your path.

Interview: Jennifer Gilmore, author of If Only

Aug 15, 2018

This July marked the release of Jennifer Gilmore's second young adult book, IF ONLY. The narrative follows Bridget, a 16-year-old, who finds herself pregnant and alone with only her best friend Dahlia to support her. Bridget's story alternates with her daughter Ivy's story 16 years later. Despite the safety and comfort Ivy has enjoyed surrounded by her two loving moms, she feels that it's time she finally learned about her past. Ivy will emabark on a journey where she might not only learn more about her mother but also more about herself. In this interview, Jennifer Gilmore reveals her motives behind the adoption theme, her writing process for IF ONLY, and tells us a bit about her future projects. Keep on reading to learn more about IF ONLY and its acclaimed author!

Interview: Nadine Brandes, author of Fawkes

Jul 2, 2018

In Nadine Brandes' newest novel, FAWKES, seventeenth-century London is turned upside down in a tale of magic, corruption and faith. In a world where color power can make or break you, Thomas Fawkes is at a disadvantage: in addition to his lack of a color mask, he is also a victim of the Stone Plage, which has rendered him blind in one eye. Desperate to reclaim his future, he goes off in search of his father, the famous Guy Fawkes --- and soon finds himself part of a plot to kill the king and rid the world of color wars forever. FAWKES hits shelves on Tuesday, July 10th, but you can get a sneak peek into the world in this interview with Nadine, where she discusses the Gunpowder Plot, the fantasy-related elements of her book, and introduces us to her main character, Thomas.

Interview: Mackenzi Lee, author of Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

Feb 26, 2018

Mackenzi Lee is the bestselling author of THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, an 18th-century romantic adventure featuring a young bisexual British lord, his best friend/secret crush and plenty of hedonistic hurrahs. Mackenzi drew upon her background in history to write her book, but soon realized that there were plenty of amazing historical women who deserved more attention and kicked off #BygoneBadassBroads, a weekly Twitter series where she spotlighted forgotten women. In BYGONE BADASS BROADS, Mackenzi shares the stories of 52 of these remarkable trailblazers from all over the world. In anticipation of the release of this incredible new book, we had the opportunity to ask Mackenzi about the success of her Twitter series, compiling stories for her new book and, of course, the gorgeous art. Read below for her answers!