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Archives - February 2017

If you're anything like us at Teenreads, we will do anything possible to hear every detail of a favorite character's backstory. Does Harry Potter prefer chocolate ice cream, or vanilla? Would Celaena Sardothien wear a dress or a totally killer suit to the prom? In this post, author Brenda Drake gives us the lowdown on Nick D'Marco, the carefree yet protective best friend of the main character of her Library Jumpers series. Although the main characters Gia and Arik may take the center stage of THIEF OF LIES and GUARDIAN OF SECRETS, you'll be eager to see more Nick after reading this post.
Here at Teenreads, we know that many of our readers are aspiring authors themselves. If you're one of them, you may keep a list of ideas and characters somewhere, or perhaps you've even begun drafting your first book. Believe it or not, writing your book is only half of the journey to publication. After you've sold your book to a publisher --- and even a little before --- you must deal with the editing stage. In this post, Erica Cameron, author of ISLAND OF EXILES, explains what she loves about editing, and how she was able to strengthen and improve her richly detailed fantasy so that it could become the book it is today.
Themes, tropes, motifs --- you've probably heard all of these words in your English class at school and been asked a question or two about them on a quizz or test. But have you ever thought about how an author goes about weaving important themes into his or her work? The answer isn't quite as easy as you may expect. Below, Merrie Destefano, author of LOST GIRLS --- a gritty and unpredictable thriller about a normal girl who wakes up in a ditch, missing a year of her life --- discusses how she worked several popular themes into her book.
If you're a lifelong reader and professional bookworm, the chances are pretty high that you've considered writing stories of your own, whether for fun or in hopes of eventually getting them published. Although many teens have all of the potential and talent necessary to write and publish their own books, it can be really tricky to navigate the early steps that set you on the path to success. In this post, author Stephanie Morrill --- whose latest book, THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET, releases this February --- explains how she got on the early track to publishing and offers helpful advice for young authors hoping to make it in the book world.
Every year, librarians, authors, publishing professionals, educators and students convene at ALA Midwinter, a conference held by the American Library Association. The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, and their mission to enhance learning and ensure access to books and information for readers of all ages is one they take very seriously. This year, Teen Board member Grace P. had the opportunity to attend and participate in a teen feedback panel. Along the way she picked up dozens of books and had some great interactions with popular YA authors. Although her TBR pile is now nearing a record high, she took some time to answer questions for us about her awesome experience. Read on to learn more!