Category Archives: YA author chat

Take good, gentle care of yourself. You deserve your tenderness.

Take good, gentle care of yourself. You deserve your tenderness. It’s so easy to absorb negative messages from others–our parents, the media, people around us. So easy to work so hard we forget to find joy or take a moment … Continue reading

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks because….

I believe so strongly that we need diversity in books. I hope you do, too. Join in the discussion through the Twitter Chat on May 2nd at 2pm (EST) using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Share your thoughts on the issues with … Continue reading

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I will be speaking this Thursday at York University on Writing LGBT Characters in YA Literature

I’m honored to be speaking to Professor Cheryl Cowdy’s class this Thursday on writing LGBTQ characters in YA fiction. It’s really important to me to have a queer character in every book I write, whether it be the main character, … Continue reading

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Listen to my radio interview on Matters of the MInd – on being an incest and torture survivor, why I write the books I do, and what’s most rewarding for me.

Yesterday I was interviewed on Matters of The Mind by Dr. Peter Sacco and Todd Miller on ListenUpTalk. I talked honestly about being an incest and torture survivor and some of the effects (including, for me, self-harm, PTSD, dissociation, depression), … Continue reading

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Join 3 best-selling fantasy authors in a video chat Nov 28

Join three best-selling fantasy authors in an online video chat on Shindig.com! FANTASTICAL WORLDS: In Conversation with Rachel Hartman, Stefan Bachmann, and Christopher Paolini November 28, 2012, from 2PM – 3PM Rachel Hartman, author of the critically acclaimed, instant New … Continue reading

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If you missed Maureen Johnson on NPR today with Meghan Cox Gurdon…

you can still listen in through the podcast! I LOVED how articulate, clear, strong, and intelligent YA author Maureen Johnson was! I also called in (since Gurdon slammed Scars in her WSJ essay). I was glad to be able to … Continue reading

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YA author Maureen Johnson on NPR TODAY with Meghan Cox Gurdon, talking about “dark” YA!

The wonderful Maureen Johnson, who started the #YASaves movement on Twitter in response to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s WSJ article that slammed so many good books (including Scars) will be on NPR TODAY at 11am EST!! I hope some people will … Continue reading

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chat with YA author Libba Bray on There.com April 28th

Libba Bray, author of The New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing), will be hosting a virtual event on There.com, a 3D online virtual world that is free … Continue reading

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Join Cynthia Leitich Smith in a chat tonight

Did you enjoy Tantalize (YA gothic fantasy)? Want to talk with the author, Cynthia Leitich Smith–or just listen in? Then go to the ALAN Book Chat tonight–9 pm EST, 8 pm CST–for the live chat. You don’t have to be … Continue reading

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120 YA authors blog at Simon & Schuster’s BlogFest until March 27th

Many wonderful teen authors are over at Simon & Schuster’s BlogFest, creating a sort of blog, answering 14 reader questions (that have already been chosen), one question a day, from now until March 27th. 120 teen authors will be featured. … Continue reading

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