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.
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.
“I was an under the covers nightlight reader with a serious addiction to the books that came from the musty section of the library.” This is the first line of the answer to the first question I asked Tiffany…but it might as well be the beginning of one of her novels.
I’m always excited to have a new-to-me author on the blog . . . but I’m especially thrilled to host Nadia King, to chat about the re-release of her debut novella, JENNA’S TRUTH. The book deals with an issue that, as the mother of a middle schooler, I can’t help but think about: bullying.
The last time Rebecca Petruck was on the blog, it was June 2016 and her new middle grade novel, BOY BITES BUG, was almost two years from publication. To pass the time, Rebecca was doing some important research: Making earthworm jerky, waxworm cookies, and cricket tacos with a few of her closest friends.
Julia Day’s new novel, FADE TO US, features a teen with Aspergers—and Julia’s own daughter served as her sensitivity reader. Julia says, “Although the book has a sweet romance, it’s mostly about two stepsisters—new to each other—learning how to love each other when one of them has a developmental disability. I’m an autism mom.
Amy Dominy writes every kind of kidlit—books for teens, tweens and toddlers. She says, “Part of the fun is getting to write completely different things. I might start the day with a teen character facing life or death—and then end the day with a dinosaur cookie.”
I first had the good luck to meet Jill Hendrix, owner and manager of Fiction Addiction, when she graciously hosted me at an author’s luncheon to chat about THE MEMORY THIEF. This past year, we met again when I spoke on a panel at her bookstore with two other authors.
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.
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.’