Author Jessica Kim's debut novel Stand Up, Yumi Chung is especially close to my heart. Yumi, the book's young heroine wants to be a stand up comic, but her immigrant Korean parents want a different path for her. When Yumi ends up in a comedy camp as a result of mistaken identity, she grabs the [...]
Author Janae Marks' debut novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington is one of my most anticipated 2020 middle-grade books. Thankfully, I read an ARC and LOVED it! Today, I'm speaking with Janae about why she wrote about an incarcerated parent, middle-school friendships, and her most valued advice for writers. She also shares four of [...]
I spoke with Rari's founder and my friend, Esther Edoho, who's a poet (I interviewed her here). We discussed the birth of this project, the skilled, talented people on her team, Rari's future, and Rari's free poetry workshop among other things.
In this interview, we chat about why she wrote about such a strong grandparent-grandchild bond, parental mental illness, HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory), and why science and storytelling will always be linked to her. Of course, we talk about more fun stuff like traveling and horses.
Jamie and I discuss her choice to write about a child with cerebral palsy, the inclusion of a grandparent with Alzhiemer's, baking, and how she makes time for writing despite a busy schedule. We also talked about how others can show more consideration to people with a disability.
Hena Khan and I talk about her love for Little Women, why she finally started to believe she could write books for a living, and the best writing advice she's ever received.
Author Paula Chase discusses why she writes about teen friendships, her characters' authentic voices, and her future as a middle-grade author.
Bassey shares a bit about the conceptualization of her book's cover and which essay was the most challenging to write. We also talk about how to navigate writing your story without encroaching on the rights of others to share their own story or not.
Kristina Forest is the author of the forthcoming YA novel, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE. Meet the author who thought she'd be a dancer, but loved writing more. Kristina Forest loves music, Beyoncé, and love stories. We discuss why she chose to write YA, the story behind her book title, and the best advice [...]
Tiffany Schmidt is the author of the Bookish Boyfriends series--a YA series that I adore! I've read the first and second books in the series and especially loved The Boy Next Story, the second book. The first one A Date with Darcy is also sweet, but I related less to the main character. I was curious [...]