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Interview: Natasha Preston, author of Awake

Jun 10, 2015

Author Natasha Preston has a few words to the wise for wannabe writers --- don’t write something unless your heart’s in it, and pay attention to your dreams…and nightmares! Yup, you read the second one right --- according to Natasha, your unconscious mind comes up with some great material. That’s how she thought up her latest novel, AWAKE, which follows a teen girl who lived with a cult as a young child and doesn’t remember…but now her birth parents want her back.

Read our interview with Natasha below to learn more about this romantic thriller, as well as get some behind-the-scenes glimpses into her writing regimen, thoughts on WattPad and more!

Interview: Rachelle Dekker, author of The Choosing

May 18, 2015

A lot of older siblings want to inspire their sisters and brothers --- to teach them to be kind human beings, to go after their goals and stick up for their beliefs.

But Rachelle Dekker went above and beyond --- she wrote an entire book (and soon-to-be series) to teach her sisters that “they are worth everything.”

The result is THE CHOOSING, in which Carrington Hale’s Choosing Ceremony goes horribly awry and she’s sent to spend her life as a Lint, the lowest level of society. But rumors of rebellion rattle all of her beliefs, and, surprisingly, resonate deeply with her.

Read below to learn more about THE CHOOSING, the first book in The Seer series, as well as Rachelle’s must-have writing accessory, what it’s like to have a bestselling author for a father and how her imagination and real-life inventions aren’t as different as she once presumed.

Interview: S. E. Green, author of Killer Instinct

May 15, 2015

You get all sorts of female protagonists in YA literature, whether they’re fighting to save an empire, overcoming a difficult family situation or trying to summon the guts to talk to their crush.

Lane, the protagonist of KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN by S.E. Green, is a slightly rarer breed --- she’s obsessed with serial killers, and struggles with an urge to kill, herself. We talked to Green about her series, and she revealed the most difficult scenes to write, at which point in the writing process she determines the identity of the serial killer and the inspiration for Lane’s character.

Read below, and be sure to check out KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN!

Interview: Holly Brown, author of Don't Try To Find Me

Apr 8, 2015

Holly Brown is a practicing marriage and family therapist, in addition to being a recent debut author. Her first book, DON’T TRY TO FIND ME (now available in paperback), is a gripping psychological thriller about one family's search for their missing daughter and the very public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets. In this interview with The Book Report Network’s Alexis Burling, Brown discusses her decision to place the mother-daughter relationship at the center of her story (a move that is somewhat atypical for the genre) and how her writing is informed by her work as a therapist. She also talks about runaways, reinvention, and why she believes nobody is ever truly beyond redemption.

Interview: R. L. Stine, author of Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel

Mar 24, 2015

Leave it to R.L. Stein --- who's been called the Stephen King of children's and young adult literature --- to turn a fun babysitting job into a thing of nail-biting terror. This is the premise of DON'T STAY UP LATE, Stein's first Fear Street novel in nearly 20 years, and believe us --- it contains just as much twisting, eerie surprises as the other books in the series. In the below interview, we talked to Stein about his new book, the reason he stepped away from his original genre of choice (humor) and what it's like to have Jack Black play him in an upcoming movie. See his answers, here!