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Interview: A.J. Hartley, author of Firebrand: A Steeplejack Novel

Jun 21, 2017

Last year, A.J. Hartley introduced readers to his steampunk drama, STEEPLEJACK. In this book, readers met Anglet Sutonga, Hartley's fearless heroine, who works as a Steeplejack in the city of Bar-Selehm. When her new apprentice is murdered, Anglet sets off on a harrowing journey to uncover his murderer and expose the unrest rising in the streets of her city. One year later, Hartley has delivered to his readers a sequel to the series, FIREBRAND. Anglet must now use all that she has learned to secretly assist a political leader of Parliament. Her investigation into the government's stolen secret weapon leads her to infiltrate Elitus, the most exclusive social club in the city. But Anglet soon learns that the secrets behind one theft could lead to a whole conspiracy against the most vulnerable in Bar-Selehm. In celebration of the release of Hartley's sequel, our own Matthew Burbridge spoke with Hartley about his thrilling series, including the inspiration behind his writing and the possibility of mapping his imagined world. Read below to find out more! 

Interview: Gena Showalter, author of Lifeblood

Mar 16, 2017

Last year, readers were introduced to Gena Showalter's FIRSTLIFE, a book set in a world where life begins after death. The star of the book, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood, is only 17, but has spent the last year of her life in an insane asylum --- not because of a mental instability, but because she has refused to allow her parents to choose where she will live after she dies. You see, in the Everlife, your Firstlife is only a dress rehearsal for what comes after, and Ten is caught in the middle of a deadly battle for her soul. With two powerful, but deadly, realms fighting over her, Ten must stay alive long enough to make the right choice. Now, Showalter returns with LIFEBLOOD, the explosive sequel where we reunite with Ten, who must learn about her chosen realm from the ground up --- all while struggling to launch her first mission. In celebration of the release of LIFEBLOOD, Teen Board member Isabel C. had the chance to ask Gena a few questions about the Everlife series, her favorite characters, and where the series will go next. Read below to see her answers!

: Dan Wells, author of Ones and Zeroes (Mirador)

Mar 2, 2017

In an increasingly-technology driven world, lots of themes and ideas we thought we totally understood are taking on new meanings. For example, did you know you can technically be considered an athlete if you're a professional video game player? Author Dan Wells explores these and other concepts in his action-packed Mirador series, which began last year with BLUESCREEN. In celebration of the release of ONES AND ZEROES, the second book in the series, Teenreads.com interviewed Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series. This action packed series will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wondering about the future of technology. In our interview, you'll learn about what inspired this fantastic series!

Interview: Jonathan Friesen, author of Unfolding

Jan 12, 2017

Conspiracies and conspiracy theories make for great stories --- who is hiding the truth, and why? In UNFOLDING, by Jonathan Friesen, a teenage boy named Jonah must investigate these and other questions when his town falls to chaos after a dangerous premonition made by his best friend, Stormi. With so many questions and complicated layers, UNFOLDING makes for a real page-turner, and we had to learn more from Friesen about his inspiration. Teen Board member Jeremy H., who reviewed the book, actually knew Friesen from his former writing course, so we were delighted when he agreed to answer some questions for us. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Jeremy H., Friesen discusses his writing style, which character he would love to meet and offers advice to up-and-coming YA authors.

Interview: Karen Fortunati, author of The Weight of Zero

Oct 11, 2016

For a few years now, young adult authors have taken huge steps to discuss mental illnesses and the symptoms, treatments and life with these conditions. Few books, however, approach the topic of bipolar disorder with the grace, respect and humanity of debut author Karen Fortunati's THE WEIGHT OF ZERO. Already a title on the Indies Introduce list for Summer/Fall 2016 and a Seventeen magazine pick for "What's Hot This Month," THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is poignant, honest and above all, respectful. In celebration of the release, Teenreads had the pleasure of interviewing Karen about being a debut author, discussing difficult topics and staying true to her young readers. Read below to learn more!