Young Adult Category

Interview with Debut YA Author Shari Green + Book & Starbucks Giveaway

1. Your debut YA book—FOLLOWING CHELSEA—just debuted on October 17th. Can you tell us about your road from starting the story to getting it published? It was a long and winding road! (But that’s probably true of many stories.) I wrote FOLLOWING CHELSEA in 2008, signed with an agent and worked on revisions with her, […]

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Why We Need Diverse Books

I’m proud to join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign because as an Asian American girl growing up in a mostly Caucasian suburb of New Jersey, I searched for characters who looked like me. Claudia Kishi, bless her, was my role model. She was creative, quirky, and stylish. I’m pretty sure every Asian girl in the 90s looked […]

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When People Tell You that You Can’t Become a Writer, Read This. Realize You Can Do It. Then Get Back to Work.

“All of those people who told you’d never become a writer because you come from a blue-collar background—they’re wrong. You can accomplish anything if you work hard. All those hardships, the depression, I would learn to harness into my work. Things would get better. The most important thing you can do for a teenager is […]

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Balancing Work & Writing

I recently was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Hyphen, a San Francisco-based Asian American magazine, about being a full-time magazine editor and writer. Hyphen online Q&A editor Rachel Filipinas asked how I balance my time to juggle both careers. And often, my blog readers ask me the same thing. I wish I could say […]

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A Reader’s Writing Questions

Recently a reader, Marlee Rubel, contacted me with some questions. Since I receive similar questions from readers, I thought I’d share my answers on my blog instead. Thanks Marlee for reading and asking some great questions! I’m always open to questions. Feel free to email me. Q: I’m interested in writing for a living (or […]

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Interview with YA Author Kody Keplinger

When I first read about THE DUFF, I loved the idea because I felt like the DUFF in high school (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) even though many years later, I realized I wasn’t. But at the time all my friends shopped in the size 0-2 department and I felt like a whale in comparison. Of […]

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Interview with writer extraordinaire Brendan Hay

Full disclosure: Brendan is my husband. And he’s an amazing writer. I’m not just saying that cause I married him. We first met at NYU in our sophomore year of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated a semester early, interned at The Daily Show, became a production assistant, then a […]

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Why SPEAK is an Important Book

Amid the controversy that SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson is “soft pornography,” as deemed by Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor at Missouri State, who requested that SPEAK be removed from the Missouri public school system, I picked up a copy of the book at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, while I was on vacation in […]

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Interview with WriteOnCon founder Elana Johnson

My fellow agency sister Elana Johnson is a busy gal. Her dystopian novel, POSSESSION, just sold to Simon & Schuster, to be published in summer 2011. And oh yeah, she and her six fellow founders launched WriteOnCon, an entirely online writing conference for kidlit writers (covering the genres of picture books, middle grade, young adult). […]

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What YA I’m Reading: Jellicoe Road and The Hunger Games

A few months ago, I asked several YA authors for their suggestions of what I should read in the young adult fiction world. I got a ton of great recommendations. For that post, click here. I also asked on Facebook for a young adult series that I should read. I love series. Ever since I […]

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