I always love Libba Bray’s writing and Lair of Dreams, the second installment in the Diviners series, doesn’t disappoint. The first book was one of the best speculative fiction novels I’ve read in a long time for younger and older readers alike. What Bray does so well is mix together genres and characters in unique …

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I had hoarded my copy of Virginia Bergin’s H20 on my bookcase for sometime and finally read it when I noticed the sequel, The Storm, had just come out and I hadn’t read the first one yet. This is another fast-paced YA thrill-ride reminiscent of a zombie story, but the virus here is caused by alien …

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I’m so pleased to bring readers this interview with Angela Pneuman, writing teacher extraordinaire, and author of the recently released and critically acclaimed Lay It on My Heart. Here’s what Angela had to say when I asked her about the book, her other work and her approach to teaching and writing …. KC: Your debut …

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I’m a big Rainbow Rowell fan and it’s lovely to see her writing in the fantasy genre so she can join the ranks of the speculative fiction aficionados among us. Her latest book, Carry On, is particularly interesting because it’s based on the novel-within-a-novel from her highly successful Fangirl. For anyone who has been living …

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I’ve had writing instructors tell me in the past to NEVER use adjectives or adverbs because they weaken the prose and become distracting to the reader. They’ve suggested that strong nouns and verbs ALWAYS work better than reliance on the qualification provided by adjectives and adverbs. Not many books you pick up in the library …

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One thing many writers struggle with, especially in the young adult space, is when to reveal information to readers. Craft books and writing instructors will tell you that you shouldn’t necessarily reveal information until the reader needs to know it. Otherwise, you risk front-loading your story with too much exposition and bogging the reader down …

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I’m so pleased to present an interview with author and editor/writing instructor, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga (at left is the cover of one of my favorite of her books). As well as being a great teacher and editor, she is the author of a number of novels and other works with an emphasis on cross-cultural romance. …

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I haven’t read Colleen Houck‘s previous series, Tiger’s Curse, but I picked up this new release because who could resist the cover, honestly??? And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s kind of reminiscent of Indiana Jones in that it’s all about archaeology and fast paced action. The heroine (a tough New York teen) loves hanging out at the …

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 I’m pretty much beside myself to be able to share an interview with amazing (not to mention amazingly prolific and amazingly versatile) author Heather Demetrios. I’ve read and loved everything Heather has written so far and I’m going to keep this intro short so I don’t burble off into incoherent fangirling. Oops, too late! When …

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I’m really excited to present an interview I recently did with debut YA sci-fi author, Fonda Lee, who, apart from being a great writer and fellow sci-fi aficionado, was also a student in the first writing class I ever took many years ago! Her debut novel, Zeroboxer, was recently released by Flux. When I asked …

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