Archive | Author Blog Posts

Each month, we ask one distinguished author or illustrator to write an original post that reveals insights about their process and craft.

Jason Reynolds

Guest Blogger: Jason Reynolds

I’d take it all in, digesting these words, this language, these codes and sounds sloshing around in my head, mixing with the language of my older brother and what I’d hear him saying outside with his friends, also a language all their own.

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Inspiration for Isabel

Guest Blogger: Alan Gratz

If I could have nameless, faceless avatars running around making my plots function, my work would be a lot easier. But no one wants to read that story—including me. Readers want characters that have lives off the page. Characters that feel like friends, or enemies. Characters to root for, and root against. Characters that are […]

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Child-ed

Guest Blogger: Ruth Behar

As I listened to Ruthie, I discovered the magic of yielding to a story. Memory and fiction became my wings. At times I wrote about things that I thought I’d made up and was surprised when I learned that they were actually true.

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Guest Blogger: Barbara Dee

Children are eager for books that validate and empower them. I passionately believe that positive, inclusive stories can inspire all readers, no matter their gender or orientation—but because girls crave books about smart, strong female protagonists, I’m happy to see my middle grade novel Star-Crossed in their hands.

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