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AIMEE SALTER: LOVE OUT LOUD

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I’m excited to host Aimee Salter on the blog for several reasons. The first is that it gives us a chance to chat about her soon-to-be-released novel, LOVE OUT LOUD—which looks like it’s going to be pretty amazing. And the second is that Aimee has a really interesting story to tell.

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CAROLYN WALKER: IMMORTAL DESCENT

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Like debut author Carolyn Walker, I’ve always been drawn to dark contemporary fantasy. Her first novel, IMMORTAL DESCENT, mixes the fantasy and psychological thriller genres to tell the story of Ethan West, a man with ‘a haunted past and a strange sixth sense he sometimes can’t control.’

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HANNAH FIELDING: APHRODITE’S TEARS

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Hannah Fielding is fascinating for so many reasons. First, she divides her time between three countries: “a rectory in Kent, England; an old farmhouse near St Tropez in the south of France; and a Georgian house in County Wicklow, Ireland”—and she writes at a desk with a spectacular view in each one.

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NEGEEN PAPEHN: FORBIDDEN BY FAITH

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I love having debut authors on the blog, and having the privilege of being part of their books’ introduction to the world. You know what else I love? The trope of forbidden love. Negeen Papehn’s new novel, FORBIDDEN BY FAITH, is the tale of a Muslim woman and a Jewish man who fall for each other—and it’s inspired by Negeen’s own marriage.

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LISSA LINDEN: ONE MATCH FIRE

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When I was growing up, I never went to sleep-away camp—but there always seemed to be something magical about it: the inside jokes campers shared, the songs only they knew, the intense bonding that came from creating a home away from home with a group of kids your own age.

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KELLY SISKIND: LICKS

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Each time I interview an author on the blog, I feel like I get a glimpse into the world beyond the page. In Kelly Siskind’s case, I discovered that she shares my obsession with cheese—so much so that she and her husband opened their own cheese shop.

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MELANIE HOOYENGA: THE TRAIL RULES

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I was excited to interview Melanie Hooyenga about her latest YA sports romance, THE TRAIL RULES—and I did learn a lot about the book, which sounds like a lot of fun to read!—but y’all, I made one very important discovery: Melanie has a 12-year-old schnauzer named Owen who has nearly 12,000 followers on Instagram.

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AMY TRUEBLOOD: NOTHING BUT SKY

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Before I read the blurb for Amy Trueblood’s debut, NOTHING BUT SKY, I’d never really thought about wing walkers . . . probably because the very notion terrifies me. As anyone who knows me can tell you, it’s a feat if I manage to make it through the day without bumping into something or tripping over my own feet. Performing stunts on the wings of a moving airplane?

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BARBARA CLAYPOLE WHITE: THE PROMISE BETWEEN US

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Sometimes I really wish I had a teleportation device . . . and February 7, 2018 was one of those times. That night, The Regulator Bookshop (where I used to work, lo these many years ago), hosted an event that I would’ve adored to attend: Crazy Love—Writing Love and Mental Illness, with Katie Rose Guest Pryal, Katharine Ashe, and Barbara Claypole White.

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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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