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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Lost

May 21, 2014

Have you ever wondered what happened to that lost pearl earring, or your other sock? What about those play tickets that you know you had in your back pocket? According to award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst, they’re all floating around in Lost, a mysterious desert town that is filled with lost glasses, keys and people --- people who can’t escape until they’ve figured out what they’re missing. Sarah Beth’s new book, THE LOST, follows a young woman named Lauren who ends up in this dusty place and needs to figure out how to get back home. Read below to learn more about the book --- as well which personal items Sarah Beth thinks she might have misplaced in Lost, why she loves the southwest and what’s next for the series.


Interview: Kerri Majors, author of This is Not a Writing Manual

May 19, 2014

Kerri Majors knows a thing or two about writing --- she has an MFA from Columbia and is the founder and editor of the Young Adult Review Network, an online literary journal that focuses on all things YA. We asked her to give aspiring teen writers some advice. See below for some "rapid fire" words of wisdom, and some more in-depth knowledge.

Interview: C.E. Laureano, author of Oath of the Brotherhood

May 5, 2014

What do you get when you combine one part Celtic fantasy and two parts action-oriented epics? THE OATH OF THE BROTHERHOOD by C.E. Laureano, the first installment of The Song of Seare! As C.E. tells Teenreads, she was reading (and adoring) books that fell into these two categories, and knew that combining the themes --- and adding some evil faeries, fast-paced battle scenes, ancient religion and a beautiful harp –- would make for an unforgettable series. C.E. tells us more about her inspiration below, along with her fascination with Ireland, the novel she wrote when she was 16-years-old and her favorite fantasy authors.

Author Talk: Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Apr 3, 2014

Gabrielle Zevin is the author of award-winning books for young adults, including MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC and ELSEWHERE. Her latest novel for adults, THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY, is about a bookseller and collector who, after a series of tragic and disappointing events, is slowly but surely isolating himself from all the people around him. But when a mysterious package appears at his bookstore, it gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over and the ability to see everything anew.

In this interview that originated from Bookselling This Week (a dedicated section of BookWeb.org), Zevin talks about how this book was inspired by the “trauma of getting published at 27,” and how the publishing world is different in real life than it appears in the movies (hint: There’s a way larger cast of supporting characters). She also discusses why bookstores are so beloved, why she chose to feature short stories in her novel, how risky it was to write a book about the book community --- and how lucky she feels to have its support.

Interview: David Baldacci, author of The Finisher

Mar 28, 2014

You may have seen David Baldacci's name on your parents' bookshelves before --- he's written 27 novels for adults, and there are more than 110 million copies of his books in print worldwide! We're happy to report, though, that his latest endeavor --- THE FINISHER --- belongs squarely in the YA section of your local library. This fantasy follows Vega Jane, a girl who lives in Wormwood. No one ever leaves Wormwood --- the surrounding forest, the Quag, is filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But when her friend Quentin flees to the Quag, Vega Jane knows that something isn't as it seems --- and she follows Quentin's trail of clues to uncover the deep, dark secrets about her society. In this interview, David tells us about his writing process, the mythological creatures that inspired some of the monsters in the book and why he chose to write from a female perspective.