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Interview: Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House

Aug 12, 2015

Aside from being a bit more tired (or a bit more glammed up, depending on the evening), you’re probably the same person in the day as you are in the night. You have the same personality, the same eye color, the same body, the same wants and values. But what if, as soon as it got dark, you turned into someone different? An alter-ego who did whatever he or she wanted, and your day self could do nothing to stop it?

That’s the backstory of the protagonist in Dawn Kurtagich’s debut novel THE DEAD HOUSE --- when the sun dips below the horizon, Carly Johnson transforms into Kaitlyn. And Kaitlyn is the main suspect for the Elmbridge High fire, which killed three students and caused Carly’s disappearance. Now, 20 years later, Kaitlyn’s diary has been found, and THE DEAD HOUSE shows us all of its gritty details, along with video footage, psychiatric reports and witness testimonials.

Below, check out our interview with Dawn, where she talks about the writing process behind such an untraditional novel, her favorite books growing up and what the inside of her mind looks like (pretty awesome, if you ask us!).

Interview: Jeremy Scott, author of The ABLES

Jul 23, 2015

Phillip Sallinger is blind. He also has telekinesis, and can move objects with his mind. Phillip is just one of the disabled teen superheroes in Jeremy Scott’s debut YA novel, THE ABLES, which features four friends in the Special Education program at a superhero high school who have to save the world from impending evil. Below, we talk to Jeremy about his inspiration for the book, his favorite superhero and what exactly fills the old suitcases he has lying around his house.


Interview: Natasha Preston, author of Awake

Jun 10, 2015

Author Natasha Preston has a few words to the wise for wannabe writers --- don’t write something unless your heart’s in it, and pay attention to your dreams…and nightmares! Yup, you read the second one right --- according to Natasha, your unconscious mind comes up with some great material. That’s how she thought up her latest novel, AWAKE, which follows a teen girl who lived with a cult as a young child and doesn’t remember…but now her birth parents want her back.

Read our interview with Natasha below to learn more about this romantic thriller, as well as get some behind-the-scenes glimpses into her writing regimen, thoughts on WattPad and more!

Interview: Rachelle Dekker, author of The Choosing

May 18, 2015

A lot of older siblings want to inspire their sisters and brothers --- to teach them to be kind human beings, to go after their goals and stick up for their beliefs.

But Rachelle Dekker went above and beyond --- she wrote an entire book (and soon-to-be series) to teach her sisters that “they are worth everything.”

The result is THE CHOOSING, in which Carrington Hale’s Choosing Ceremony goes horribly awry and she’s sent to spend her life as a Lint, the lowest level of society. But rumors of rebellion rattle all of her beliefs, and, surprisingly, resonate deeply with her.

Read below to learn more about THE CHOOSING, the first book in The Seer series, as well as Rachelle’s must-have writing accessory, what it’s like to have a bestselling author for a father and how her imagination and real-life inventions aren’t as different as she once presumed.

Interview: S. E. Green, author of Killer Instinct

May 15, 2015

You get all sorts of female protagonists in YA literature, whether they’re fighting to save an empire, overcoming a difficult family situation or trying to summon the guts to talk to their crush.

Lane, the protagonist of KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN by S.E. Green, is a slightly rarer breed --- she’s obsessed with serial killers, and struggles with an urge to kill, herself. We talked to Green about her series, and she revealed the most difficult scenes to write, at which point in the writing process she determines the identity of the serial killer and the inspiration for Lane’s character.

Read below, and be sure to check out KILLER INSTINCT and KILLER WITHIN!