An Interview with Author Saadia Faruqi on A Thousand Questions

An Interview with Author Saadia Faruqi on A Thousand Questions

My introduction to Saadia Faruqi's writing was in A Place at the Table, the middle-grade book she co-wrote with Laura Shovan (another author whose writing I love). Saadia's solo middle-grade debut, A Thousand Questions is out today! I absolutely loved talking to Saadia about this book, writing about home when home is a third world country, creating two vastly different characters, and of course, Pakistani food in her books. This is one of my favorite interviews I've ever done! I learned so much about Saadia, and gained deeper insight into the book. Enjoy!

[BLOG TOUR] When Life Gives You Mangoes: Interview with Author Kereen Getten

[BLOG TOUR] When Life Gives You Mangoes: Interview with Author Kereen Getten

I'm thrilled to participate in my first blog tour with author Kereen Getten and her debut middle-grade book, When Life Gives You Mangoes! This lovely book is set on an island (which is close to my heart, because I lived in the Caribbean for five years). It's such an honor to be the first stop in this month-long blog tour. We talk about her book, her journey as a writer, and some of her childhood memories from Jamaica. Please enjoy my interview with Kereen.

Author Claire Swinarski on What Happens Next, Chasing Dreams, and Sisterhood

Author Claire Swinarski on What Happens Next, Chasing Dreams, and Sisterhood

In this interview, Claire and I discuss her debut middle-grade novel, writing about anorexia and ballet, her feelings about chasing dreams, and why sisterhood is so important to her and her book. Her protagonist, Abby is one of my favorites ever, so I asked a lot about her!

An Interview with Jessica Kim, Author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung

An Interview with Jessica Kim, Author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung

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 on Writing About an Incarcerated Parent, Friendships, and Baking — Plus, Advice for Writers

Author Janae Marks on Writing About an Incarcerated Parent, Friendships, and Baking — Plus, Advice for Writers

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 [...]

Jennifer Camiccia, Author of the Memory Keeper, on the Link Between Science and Storytelling

Jennifer Camiccia, Author of the Memory Keeper, on the Link Between Science and Storytelling

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.

Author Jamie Sumner on Her Middle-Grade Debut, ROLL WITH IT, Baking, and Writing About a Child with a Disability While Raising one.

Author Jamie Sumner on Her Middle-Grade Debut, ROLL WITH IT, Baking, and Writing About a Child with a Disability While Raising one.

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.

“I didn’t want to tell stories I don’t have the permission to tell” – Bassey Ikpi on Her Debut Essay Collection

“I didn’t want to tell stories I don’t have the permission to tell” – Bassey Ikpi on Her Debut Essay Collection

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.

Meet the Author: Kristina Forest (I Wanna Be Where You Are) + Bite-Sized Review

Meet the Author: Kristina Forest (I Wanna Be Where You Are) + Bite-Sized Review

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 [...]

5 Minutes with Tiffany Schmidt, Author of the Bookish Boyfriends Series

5 Minutes with Tiffany Schmidt, Author of the Bookish Boyfriends Series

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 [...]

Q & A with Alicia D. Williams, Author of Genesis Begins Again

Q & A with Alicia D. Williams, Author of Genesis Begins Again

Author Alicia D. Williams is the author of the powerful debut novel, Genesis Begins Again. Her book tackles many issues, but it's hard to ignore the role of colorism in this book. I spoke to Alicia about the reasons why this theme came easily to her, the similarities between her and Genesis, and how she balances work as a middle-grade history teacher with writing.

BOOK’D| Crystal Hana Kim

BOOK’D| Crystal Hana Kim

It was truly enjoyable to interview Crystal Hana Kim for BOOK'D. She shares the brilliant short story writer whose work she forces all her friends to read, some of her favorite recently released books and her "loud" reading habits. In addition, she shares a book that made her want to take her writing more seriously, her thoughts on book clubs and her extensive TBR.