Interview: Robin Wasserman

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Robin Wasserman wrote her first science fiction novel when she was ten years old. Unfortunately, it was only sixteen pages long and a rather blatant rip-off of E.T., so it wasn’t exactly the best launching point for an illustrious publishing career. But two decades later, she tried again, and is now the author of the Skinned trilogy, as well as Hacking Harvard and the Seven Deadly Sins series (which recently aired as a Lifetime miniseries). She lives in New York, where she spends much of her time hunting for the perfect cupcake.

Q. Your Skinned trilogy brings up some interesting questions about what it means to be an individual, or even a person. Given the way Wired ended, could you share your...

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Kelly McClymer

Kelly McClymerauthor websiteKelly McClymer was born in South Carolina, but crossed the Mason-Dixon line to live in Delaware at age six. After one short stint living in South Carolina during junior high, she has remained above the line, and now lives in Maine with her husband and three children. Writing has been Kelly’s passion since her sixth grade essay on how to not bake bread earned her an A plus. After cleaning up the bread dough that oozed on to the floor, she gave up bread making for good and turned to writing as a creative outlet. A graduate of the University of Delaware (English major, of course) she spends her days writing and teaching writing.

Q. In your essay in Secrets of the Dragon...

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Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnesauthor websiteJennifer Lynn Barnes began writing for teens when she was still a teenager herself, completing her first published novel at age nineteen. Since then, she’s published a total of seven novels for teens: Golden, Platinum, Tattoo, Fate, the Squad series, and most recently, Raised by Wolves. When she’s not writing, Jen is a full-time graduate student at Yale University, working on a PhD in developmental psychology. She has a weakness for teen television and doesn’t like chocolate. Her next novel, Trial by Fire, is due out in 2011.

Q. Your latest book, Raised by Wolves, is about a girl named Bryn who lives with a werewolf pack. Why did you choose to write about werewolves?

A. When I write, I generally...

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Nancy Holder

Nancy Holderauthor websiteNancy Holder is the New York Times best-selling coauthor of the Wicked series (with Debbie Viguie, published by Simon and Schuster). Nancy and Debbie will begin a young adult dark fantasy series, Crusade, in the fall. The Evil Within is her third novel for Razorbill. The other two are Possessions and Pretty Little Devils, available wherever books are sold. A third Possessions novel, The Screaming Season, will be out soon.

She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, who is not possessed, and their two Corgis, Tater and Panda. Tater is definitely possessed. Everyone is always in obedience school. In their spare time the Holder women can be found in theme parks all over Southern California, most especially the kingdom of...

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Rachel Caine

Rachel Caineauthor websiteRachel Caine is the author of about eleventy-million books since 1991 (okay, it’s more than twenty-five, anyway), most recently the Morganville Vampires series and the Weather Warden series. She loves writing for the YA world. Visit her Web site, MySpace, and Livejournal, and look for her on Facebook, too.

Q. The seventh Morganville Vampires book, Fade Out, was action-packed and tumultuous for your characters. After everything that had happened, how did it feel to start on your latest book and the eighth in the Morganville Vampires series, Kiss of Death?

A. Every time I start a Morganville book, there is this sense of the unknown . . . how much I still don’t know about the town and...

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Janette Rallison

Janette Rallisonauthor websiteJanette Rallison writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms. Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 10 award winning young adult novels, which have sold over 900,000 copies. Most of her books are romantic comedies because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage on both humor and romance. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric. Her latest novel, My Double Life, comes out May 13, 2010.

Q. In your latest book, My Double Life, eighteen-year-old Alexia Garcia experiences every teen girl’s wish come true when she has the opportunity to work as a double for pop star Kari...

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Carol Plum-Ucci

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Carol Plum-Ucci’s six released Harcourt novels have drawn many awards and honors. Her first publication, The Body of Christopher Creed, earned her a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award in 2002, and she was named a finalist in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Her second novel, What Happened to Lani Garver, was a Printz nominee, and the book was named Amazon Editor’s #1 Choice in Teen Lit.

By late 2008, Plum-Ucci had received seven citations from YALSA, the young adult division of the American Library Association for three of her four releases. Two novels have been named to Best Books for Young Adults, and she’s also had two nominations.  She was again an Edgar Allan Poe nominee for The Night My Sister...

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Deb Caletti

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Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of The Queen of Everything, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, The Nature of Jade, and The Secret Life of Prince Charming, among others. In addition to being a National Book Award finalist, Deb’s work has gained other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School Library Journal’s Best Book award, and finalist citations for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Literary Award. Her seventh book with Simon & Schuster, The Six Rules of Maybe, was released in 2010. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Foundation Features (Formerly Infinity Features, makers of “Capote”) have also recently partnered to bring five of Deb’s novels...

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Cameron Dokey

Demigods and MonstersCameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty teen novels. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Q. What was it like growing up with authors for parents?

A. Actually, only one of my parents is an author, my father, Richard Dokey. All during my childhood, he taught school during the day (as did my mother, who was a kindergarten teacher), and wrote in the evenings after dinner. This was in the days before computers. Dad wrote things out in longhand, then typed them–via the two-finger method as he’d never taken a typing class–on this old Royal typewriter. He was pretty inspirational, actually. Incredibly disciplined and dedicated. He works on a word processor now, but he still types with just two fingers. Gotta love it!

Q. Your...

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Jenny Han

Jenny Hanauthor websiteJenny Han is the author of teen novels Shug and The Summer I Turned Pretty. The Summer I Turned Pretty is about a sixteen-year old girl named Belly who spends her summers in Cousins Beach, and it is the first in a trilogy of three books. The sequel is called It’s Not Summer Without You and it’s out this April.

Q. If you could have the powers of one Greek god, whose would you choose?

A. I am a total water baby, so I would choose Poseidon. How cool would it be to have the ocean at your beck and call?!

Q. In your essay you write that Hermes’ child could do all the traveling he or she wanted. Where is your...

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