Category Archives: YA author interviews

Mary Amato, author of YA novel Get Happy, on divorce–and win a signed copy!

I’m happy to host Mary Amato, YA author of Get Happy, today–talking about divorce and writing about painful issues. Readers, if you’d like to win a signed copy of Get Happy, please leave a comment on this post. US and … Continue reading

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My Anti-Bully Dear Teen Me letter. #OneVoice Against Bullying

Dear Teen Me, I know you have no safe place—not at home being abused, and not at school being bullied. You are an easy target: shy, scared, jumping at touch, not looking people in the eyes—the marks of someone who’s … 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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Guest Post. Humor and Hurt: We All Have Our Demons by YA author Deb Vanasse

Today YA author Deb Vanasse joins us to talk about her and Gail Giles’ new book, and the way they both drew on their own experiences and emotions to write it–the way I think most writers do. I respect and … Continue reading

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Interview with Karen DelleCava, author of A Closer Look, AND a chance to win a copy & a surprise gift

Today I interview Karen DelleCava, author of realistic YA A Closer Look, which deals with a teen who has alopecia–her hair falling out. If you read the interview and leave a comment on this post, you’ll be entered to win … Continue reading

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Guest Post by YA author Emily Beaver: How to Write According To Emily Beaver

Today Emily Beaver, author of Slipping Reality, talks to us about how she writes. Take it away, Emily! How do you write? How to Write According to Emily Beaver I’m hardly the person to ask when it comes to this! … Continue reading

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Q & A with Emily Beaver, author of Slipping Reality

You’ve been writing since you were 8 years old! I think that’s one of the signs of being a writer! And you wrote Slipping Reality when you were just 14! Tell us how you came to write it. I wrote … Continue reading

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YA author Lena Coakley on why fantasy saved her life

Today Lena Coakley opens up about a difficult childhood and why reading fantasy saved her life. Lena Coakley is the author of Witchlanders, a fantastic YA fantasy that I love.

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My banned book video mentioned in Shelf Awareness!

Oh my GOSH!! My video on reading banned books was mentioned today in Shelf Awareness! What a thrill! I can’t stop smiling! (beaming)

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Cheryl Rainfield: My Inspiration for writing HUNTED

Ever wonder what inspires writers to write their books? In this video, I talk about what inspired me to write HUNTED, including some of the books I loved as a teen that helped me survive. I hope you’ll check it … Continue reading

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