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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!

Interview: Michael Moreci, author of Black Star Renegades

Feb 8, 2018

Whether you're a teen or an adult, there's no doubt that you've seen all of the tremendous buzz around the new Star Wars films. As the films have recaptured our attention, science fiction has also made a huge comeback in the book world, especially in YA. One book that has recently been getting tons of praise is Michael Moreci's BLACK STAR RENEGADES, a fantastic mashup of all of our favorite sci-fi elements with perfectly flawed characters and tons of action. Our reviewer, Matthew Burbridge, recently had the chance to speak with Moreci, a self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd, about the inspiration for his book, transitioning from writing comics to novels and where his characters will go in the sequel. Read an excerpt here and read below to see his answers!

Interview: Marie Lu, author of Warcross

Sep 7, 2017

New from New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu comes WARCROSS, a dazzling adventure set in a future not too far off from our own time. In the world of WARCROSS, people worldwide are constantly logging into Warcross, a virtual reality combat game. Teenage hacker Emika Chen is a great player, but an even better bounty hunter. Struggling to make ends meet, she hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championship and becomes an overnight sensation. Convinced she is going straight to prison, Emika panics, but she soon receives a call from the game's mysterious billionaire creator --- and he has an unusual offer that she simply cannot refuse. In celebration of the release of WARCROSS, we interviewed Marie Lu about her inspiration for the book, her love of gaming, and what she hopes readers will take away from the scientific developments that make Warcross possible. Read below to see her answers.

Interview: A.J. Hartley, author of Firebrand: A Steeplejack Novel

Jun 21, 2017

Last year, A.J. Hartley introduced readers to his steampunk drama, STEEPLEJACK. In this book, readers met Anglet Sutonga, Hartley's fearless heroine, who works as a Steeplejack in the city of Bar-Selehm. When her new apprentice is murdered, Anglet sets off on a harrowing journey to uncover his murderer and expose the unrest rising in the streets of her city. One year later, Hartley has delivered to his readers a sequel to the series, FIREBRAND. Anglet must now use all that she has learned to secretly assist a political leader of Parliament. Her investigation into the government's stolen secret weapon leads her to infiltrate Elitus, the most exclusive social club in the city. But Anglet soon learns that the secrets behind one theft could lead to a whole conspiracy against the most vulnerable in Bar-Selehm. In celebration of the release of Hartley's sequel, our own Matthew Burbridge spoke with Hartley about his thrilling series, including the inspiration behind his writing and the possibility of mapping his imagined world. Read below to find out more! 

Interview: Gena Showalter, author of Lifeblood

Mar 16, 2017

Last year, readers were introduced to Gena Showalter's FIRSTLIFE, a book set in a world where life begins after death. The star of the book, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood, is only 17, but has spent the last year of her life in an insane asylum --- not because of a mental instability, but because she has refused to allow her parents to choose where she will live after she dies. You see, in the Everlife, your Firstlife is only a dress rehearsal for what comes after, and Ten is caught in the middle of a deadly battle for her soul. With two powerful, but deadly, realms fighting over her, Ten must stay alive long enough to make the right choice. Now, Showalter returns with LIFEBLOOD, the explosive sequel where we reunite with Ten, who must learn about her chosen realm from the ground up --- all while struggling to launch her first mission. In celebration of the release of LIFEBLOOD, Teen Board member Isabel C. had the chance to ask Gena a few questions about the Everlife series, her favorite characters, and where the series will go next. Read below to see her answers!