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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Jimmy Cajoleas, author of The Good Demon

Oct 4, 2018

With Halloween just in our rear-view mirror, who doesn't want to curl up with a dark yet hopeful YA novel about demons and romance to make the spooky mood last a little longer? In Jimmy Cajoleas' latest YA horror, THE GOOD DEMON, what they did to Clare wasn't technically an exorcism. When the reverend and his son ripped her demon from her, they called it a “deliverance.” But they didn’t understand that Clare and her demon --- known simply as Her --- were like sisters. She comforted Clare, made her feel brave, helped to ease her loneliness.

Interview: Kristina Pérez, author of Sweet Black Waves

Sep 13, 2018

A retelling of the star-crossed legend of Tristan and Iseult, author Kristina Pérez's debut novel SWEET BLACK WAVES hit shelves in June. Informed by Pérez's own work as a scholar of medieval literature, the novel is a feminist fantastical adventure about Branwen, a lady-in-waiting who becomes the heroine of her own story. We spoke with Kristina about legends and retellings, the best YA "ships" and teasers about the sequel, WILD SAVAGE STARS, out next August. Check out our interview for all the details!

Interview: Courtney Summers, author of Sadie

Sep 4, 2018

Courtney Summers, best known for her dark, gritty stories about tragic female characters, returns this fall with SADIE. SADIE tells the story of two sisters, one murdered far too young and the other hell-bent on revenge. Written half in the form of a podcast, SADIE tracks the journey of the eldest sister, Sadie, as she travels through small, poverty-stricken towns and glittering developments, hunting the man who she believes murdered her little sister. In addition to being hailed as one of 2018's Young Adult Buzz Books by BookExpo America, SADIE has earned a whopping four starred reviews and tons and tons of advance praise. In celebration of the release of SADIE, we spoke with Courtney about the phrase "girls go missing all the time," the concept of found families and what makes Sadie so special. Read on to learn all about this must-read book!

Interview: Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great is Not Okay

Aug 27, 2018

Adib Khorram's heartfelt and hilarious debut, DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, releases on August 28, 2018, but it has already been earning rave reviews and praise. As one of the 2018 BookExpo Young Adult Buzz picks, DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY offers a meaningful exploration of heritage, identity and self-worth. Already struggling with depression and the stress of finding somewhere to fit in, he expects his first trip to Iran will only add to his sense of loneliness. So it comes as a surprise when he meets Sohrab, the Iranian teen living next door who opens his arms to Darius. But Darius' time in Iran is only temporary, and eventually he'll have to figure out how to be the person Sohrab discovered in him. In celebration of the release of the book, we spoke with Adib Khorram about Iranian culture, nerdiness and relationships. Check out our interview for the full scoop!

Interview: Hamish Steele, author of DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1)

Aug 22, 2018

This August, animation director and comic book artist and writer Hamish Steele released his second book, DEADENDIA. The first book in a series, DEADENDIA follows best friends Barney and Norma, who are employees at a strange theme park (which doubles as a portal to hell) as they struggle to battle demonic forces and get by in their personal lives. In celebration of the release, we had the opportunity to ask Steele about his inspiration for the plot, his wonderfully diverse characters and his artistic influences. Read our interview to learn more about how close DEADENDIA is to its author, and what we can expect from future installments.