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 [...]

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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 [...]