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ANDREA THOME: HOUSE OF BELONGING

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People come to writing through many different paths. For Andrea Thome, one of the most challenging times in her life gave rise to her literary career. She says, “Writing is something I’ve always loved to do, but I didn’t feel a sense of urgency about it until my mom died. While she was in Hospice care, she gave me the greatest advice.

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AVERY LAVAL: A TYCOON’S SECRET

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For me, there are few feelings more exciting than finding a new book I love at the library—and then discovering that the author has a massive backlist. This happened to me just recently with Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I read my way through every book in the series that the library had, feeling much the way I do when I eat my way to the bottom of a pint of Double Dark Chocolate Talenti gelato (shhhh…don’t tell anyone).

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KELLY DEVOS: FAT GIRL ON A PLANE

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Like many authors, Kelly deVos found her way to writing on the heels of another career—in her case, as a graphic designer. She queried her first novel for several years without finding a home for it, but never gave up on her dream. Kelly says, “I’ve been very fortunate to make a lot of great writer friends who inspired me. It can be a lot easier to keep going when you’re not going it alone.”

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LAURA SHOVAN: TAKEDOWN

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Laura Shovan is a poet, a teacher, and a novelist. She says, “I spend about a month ‘in residence’ at each school I visit, doing poetry workshops with an entire grade. It’s the perfect job for me.” I was fascinated to learn about how she intermingles poetry in her book-length works—her first book, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, is a novel in verse, and in her newest one, TAKEDOWN, one of the main characters uses writing poetry to cope with anxiety

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SAMANTHA HEUWAGEN: DAWN AMONG THE STARS

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Being a person who juggles several lives at once—and often struggles to balance them—I’m always intrigued when I discover someone else who does the same. Samantha Heuwagen is a debut novelist, but she is also a bilingual therapist and an activist. She says, “I’m very, very lucky to be able to mix all that I do together in such a way that is meaningful and creates the change I wish to see in the world.”

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K.T. HANNA: SOMNIA ONLINE—INITIALIZING

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Before I had the opportunity to interview K.T. Hanna about her newest book, SOMNIA ONLINE—INITIALIZING, I had no idea that LitRPG existed. So of course, I was excited to have the chance to ask her lots of questions about it … and I’ve learned a ton. Welcome to the blog, K.T. … and congrats on bringing your newest book into the world!

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KATIE ROSE GUEST PRYAL: FALLOUT GIRL

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There are so many things I could say about Katie Rose Guest Pryal. Our lives have intersected in interesting and bizarre ways. We went to college together and didn’t know it, took a (traumatic) creative writing seminar together and never met. Somehow, we connected on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere and realized we were a coincidence waiting to happen.

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SHARON WRAY: EVERY DEEP DESIRE

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This week’s theme on my blog (accidentally, I swear…not quite sure how it happened!) is YA and adult re-tellings of ROMEO AND JULIET. Last Thursday, I had the honor of interviewing Tiffany Schmidt about her newest YA novel, BOOKISH BOYFRIENDS . . . and today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Wray about her debut novel, EVERY DEEP DESIRE, the first book in the (definitely adult) DEADLY FORCE series.

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Blue Crow Publishing

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Lauren Faulkenberry and Katie Rose Guest Pryal are authors and also the founders of Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, an independent press founded in 2016 with headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Full disclosure—Katie and I were in the same writing seminar for an entire semester in college, yet somehow didn’t formally meet until many years later, at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains.

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Becca Syme: Helping Fellow Authors Write Better, Faster

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I’m not calling anybody out here, but there were—ahem!—five years between the publication of my first novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, and my second one, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. In between, I wrote another book. I loved the storyline and my crazy, flawed characters—but alas, the plot didn’t quite coalesce, and so after over a year of writing and revisions, I had to scrap it and start a new project.

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Book Review: All the Missing Girls

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I have a confession to make. For the past six months—other than research for my upcoming novel—I’ve almost exclusively read young adult lit: Tahereh Mafi, Michelle Hodkin, Sally Green, Rick Yancey, Marie Lu, John Green, Cassandra Clare, Jandy Nelson, Julie Kagawa.

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My Second Novel is Coming Out Next Summer!

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I am thrilled beyond words to announce that Ballantine Books will publish my as-yet-untitled second novel in Summer 2017. Right now, the book is in the revision phase with my editor, and we’re going back and forth, tightening it down—for those of you who know me well, it will come as no surprise that I tend to overwrite—and making it as good as it can possibly be.

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