Interview: Gail Sidonie Sobat

Since we posted an excerpt from Chance to Dance for You and we’re giving away a copy, we thought you might like to hear more about the book straight from the author!


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Gail Sidonie Sobat . . . is a witch at heart, a pirate in her dreams, and a gypsy in practice. She has worn many disguises in her lifetime, and her most noteworthy roles include: flower seller, grounds keeper, woman-in-black, professional actor and singer, teacher, adjunct professor, parimutuel seller and flag girl. Gail is the creator/ coordinator of YouthWrite/ WordsWorth, camps for kids who love to write, and also the creator/director of SWYC (Spoken Word Youth Choir). Ridiculously, she has moved twenty-seven times in her life from Badlands to...

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Interview: Jeri Smith-Ready

We’ve posted an excerpt from the new book in the Shade series, Shift, and now you can hear more about the books straight from the author!


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Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound. Her novels include the SHADE ghost series for teens and the WVMP RADIO adult vampire series. When not writing, Jeri can usually be found–well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter ( Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. Visit her at

Q. Shift, the sequel to your book Shade, was recently published. Can you tell us a little about the story?

A. Without being too spoilery,...

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Interview: Lili St. Crow

If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, then you won’t want to miss our interview with Strange Angels series author, Lili St. Crow! Learn about the latest Strange Angels book, Defiance, get St. Crow’s take on writing for adults versus young adults, and see what book St. Crow recommends you read this year. You can also check out an excerpt from Defiance here!


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Lili St. Crow is the author of several urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels, and the young-adult Strange Angels series. She has been writing since second grade and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She currently resides in Vancouver, Washington, with two children, three cats, a dog, and various other strays.

Q. Can you tell us...

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Interview: Megan McCafferty

Can’t wait hear more about Megan McCafferty’s new book, Bumped? Ever wonder whether McCafferty prefers Edward or Jacob (or other)? Want some reading recommendations? Then check out the interview below! And don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Bumped here.


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Megan McCafferty is the bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings and Perfect Fifths.

Q. Your new book, Bumped, takes place in a dystopian future where women become infertile when they turn eighteen. What was it like imagining this world? Was it ever scary?

A. What’s scary is how every aspect of the book is inspired by real life, the result of a year’s worth...

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Interview: Micol Ostow

Later this week we’re going to be giving away a copy of Micol Ostow’s new book, family. To learn about the book and meet its author (and even get some writerly advice from her) check out our interview below!


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Micol Ostow was working as an editor of young adult fiction when she began to write her own books; since then, she has published over 40 works for readers of all ages. Micol received her MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2009, and currently teaches a popular young adult writing workshop through Media Bistro. Her newest novel, family, is an exploration of cult dynamics told in lyrical vignettes, published by Egmont USA. She...

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Interview: Jordan Dane

Meet Jordan Dane, author of In the Arms of Stone Angels, and a contributor to our upcoming House of Night anthology! Interested in reading an excerpt from her book? Just scroll to the bottom and click “browse” on the widget.


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Jordan Dane launched her back-to-back debut suspense novels in 2008 after the three books sold in auction. Ripped from the headlines, Jordan’s gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag–and named her debut book No One Heard Her Scream as Best Book of 2008. And In the Arms of Stone Angels (April 2011, Harlequin TEEN) will be the first of two young...

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Interview: Karen Mahoney

Meet Karen Mahoney, a contributor to our upcoming House of Night anthology, Nyx in the House of Night, and author of The Iron Witch.


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Karen Mahoney is the author of The Iron Witch, the first book in a trilogy that continues in 2012 with The Wood Queen. She has also published stories about a kick-ass teen vampire called Moth in The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly. Karen is British and currently lives near London with way too many books, though she dreams of one day living in Boston. She doesn’t mind if you call her Kaz.

Q. In your new book, The Iron Witch, seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood just wants to be normal. But instead, she...

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Interview: Lili Wilkinson

Today we’re excited to share an interview with you from one of our upcoming Hunger Games anthology authors, Lili Wilkinson.


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Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of Scatterheart, Angel Fish and The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend.  When she’s not reading, writing, or working on her PhD, she can usually be found watching something awesome on DVD, riding her bicycle or making monsters out of wool. Pink is her first US release. You can find her at or @twitofalili.

Q. In your latest American release, Pink, teen Ava trades in her super-cool persona, girlfriend, and black clothes for conformity, a boyfriend, and a pink sweater–the typical high school experience at a private school. What do you hope teen...

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Interview: Jana Oliver

Did you enter to win The Demon Trapper’s Daughter? You can also meet the book’s author, Jana Oliver!


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Jana Oliver is the author of novels for both teens and adults. Her young adult Demon Trappers Series (St. Martin’s Griffin) is set in a dystopian 2018 Atlanta populated by Hellspawn, Deaders and scheming necromancers. The series has gone international with editions in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil and Russia.

Jana’s foray into time travel and alternate history resulted in the multi-award winning Time Rovers Series (Dragon Moon Press). The series won twelve awards, including the Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, the Prism Award for Time Travel and ForeWord Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Fiction.

Her next novel, Soul...

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Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith

You may have noticed the Blessed galley giveaway posted on the blog earlier this week; now you can meet the book’s author, Cynthia Leitich Smith!


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Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of Eternal, Tantalize, and Blessed (Candlewick). She is a member of faculty at the Vermont College M.F.A. program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her website at was named one of the top 10 Writer Sites on the Internet by Writer’s Digest and an ALA Great Website for Kids. Her Cynsations blog at was listed as among the top two read by the children’s/YA publishing community in the SCBWI “To Market” column.

Q. What was it like combining the...

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