In the 1980s I wanted to be Phil Donahue because 1.) he got to meet smart people, 2.) he could ask them whatever he wanted, and 3.) he was on TV holding a microphone.
Eventually, I may hold a microphone on TV, but ta-da! I can interview smart people without a microphone.
Selene Castrovilla on her YA novel Melt
“Kids who grow up in abusive homes often think that it’s normal. They don’t know there’s hope beyond their immediate situation. They don’t know who to trust. Kids keep so many things secret.” — Selene Castrovilla
Missy Anne Peterson on her debut novel Jimmy James Blood
“The publishing industry has and is changing. Writers have more power to own their work and produce it in any way they see fit. I think that allows more creative freedom.” — Missy Anne Peterson
Christa Desir on her debut YA novel Fault Line
“I believe in ‘enthusiastic consent’ when it comes to sex, versus deciding to just “get it over with.” I want this modeled for more girls. I wanted to portray a strong and confident female character.” — Christa Desir
Erica Lorraine Scheidt on her debut YA novel Uses for Boys
“I knew, even as I was writing, that it would be a risk. But I always believed there was a place for Uses for Boys on the shelf. It is more explicit about what the character is going through than many other YA books, but young people hunger to know what other kids are going through, to make sense of their own experiences and understand the experiences of others.” — Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Carrie Mesrobian on her debut YA novel Sex & Violence
“I don’t like to get all reductive about my stories or characters…Yeah, I have my opinions, but that’s boring. The great thing about getting your book published is seeing how everyone else responds.”
— Carrie Mesrobian
Leave me a comment if you’ve written an amazing novel (preferably YA) that will be out soon (or has recently been published) and you’re interested in being interviewed. Check out what I read on my Book Lists and Goodreads to see if your book is a good fit for a future interview!