author interviews

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want…
By Cristina Arreola

This YA Romance Was Written By An IRL Couple & They Got Engaged In A Bookstore

Does it get any sweeter than a good old-fashioned YA contemporary rom-com? For the co-authors of Always Never Yours, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, the answer is a resounding yes. Because not only are they a real-life couple who have…
By Kerri Jarema

Jessica Knoll's New Book About A Reality TV Murder Isn't An Ordinary Thriller

When it was published in 2015, author Jessica Knoll's thriller Luckiest Girl Alive took the book world by storm. The best-selling debut of 2015, it spent four months dominating New York Times list, has been translated into several languages, and is…
By Sadie Trombetta

This Legendary Audiobook Narrator Has A Fascinating Process For Getting Into Character

Anybody who has listened to an audiobook knows that they have enormous power to transport you into a story in a way that reading in print doesn't quite do. Much of that feeling can be attributed to the narrator — and Robin Miles is among the best. A…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Immigrant Stories Aren't "Timely" Right Now — They've Always Been Important

When I was six, just as I was learning to read, I asked my mom what "alien" meant. I was confused, because here was this word in all the paperwork that always seemed to trouble her, and there were no pictures of little green men in outer space…
By Natalia Sylvester

This New Memoir Is Basically A Rock Climbing Version Of 'Wild' & You'll Love It

Jan Redford often describes herself as afraid; or occasionally, in her words, “chicken sh*t.” In fact, she’s actually kind of a badass — at least, the story she tells in the page of her debut memoir leads me to believe as much. That memoir is End of…
By E. Ce Miller

How This Author Used Index Cards To Write While Breastfeeding Her Daughter

Living in a mansion might sound like heaven, but it quickly turned into hell for Monsoon Mansion author Cinelle Barnes. She moved into "Mansion Royale" in the Philippines with her family at age three, but they lost their luxurious lifestyle and so…
By Lacy Cooke

This Book Is About A Woman Who Falls In Love With A Merman — But It's Way More Than That, Too

Storytellers have been fascinated with sirens and mermaids since the beginning of time, and that infatuation hasn't waned — just look to the latest Academy Award winner for Best Picture for proof. But in her debut novel, The Pisces, poet and…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The Women Who Led Slave Revolts Were Forgotten By History — Until Now

The educational system in the U.S., from elementary school to college, is undeniably shaped by systemic racism and discrimination. The history of U.S. slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and experiences of Black Americans are glossed over (or…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This New Book About The Life Of "Ordinary Women" Is STUNNING

My bookshelves are filled with women: women writers and women’s stories; women who look and live and love like me, and women who don’t; fictional women and real women and women who fall somewhere in between. My bookshelves have always looked like…
By E. Ce Miller

This YA Book Will Totally Feed Your Royal Wedding Obsession — In The Best Way

No, Rachel Hawkins did not purposefully time the May 1 publication of her latest YA book, Royals, to coincide with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 royal wedding, but that doesn't mean she's not super excited about the fact. "God, I want to…
By Kerri Jarema

This New Novel Is A Feminist Retelling Of The Story Of The First Witch In Literature

You might remember Circe as the beautiful enchantress from The Odyssey, famed for turning men into pigs. Or perhaps you only know her as a vague figure from hazy Greek antiquity, or as the namesake of the Game of Thrones character. But there is more…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Advice Columnist Wrote A Memoir & It's EXACTLY What You Need To Get Through This Week

When writer Meredith Goldstein pitched a relationship advice column to her Boston Globe editors in 2008, her life (and relationship) were sailing smoothly. By the time that column launched on the daily newspaper’s website in early 2009, not-so-much.…
By E. Ce Miller

Mari Andrew's New Book Will Feel Just As A Relatable & Raw As Her Instagram

In her debut graphic memoir Am I There Yet?, out now, Mari Andrew traces her winding path to adulthood through a series first person essays peppered with tiny revelations about life, heartbreaks, and travel. Her words sit side-by-side with heartfelt…
By Laura Studarus

We Need To Talk About Why 'Under The Gaydar' Novels Are So Important

Being a teenager is hard. Being an LGBTQ teen is even harder, especially if you're a POC or another marginalization. Although LGBTQ teens (and the community at large) have more acceptance legally and socially than ever before, there is still a…
By Meaghan O'Brien

Why Poetry Should Break You Apart, According To Philadelphia's New Poet Laureate

You may know Philadelphia for its cheesesteaks and historical sites, but right at the heart of the city is a buzzing, vibrant arts scene. Energized by a diverse array of neighborhoods and strong local identity, poetry is thriving in the City of…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Why 'Stray City' Author Chelsey Johnson Wrote A Queer Novel That Isn't A Coming Out Story

When Chelsey Johnson sat down to write her debut novel, she knew she wanted to write a queer book that wasn't a coming out story. “For a long time, if you ever tried to rent a gay movie — especially in movies but also in books — we always got the…
By Lacy Cooke

Cleo Wade's Book Is What You Need If The World Feels Like A Little Bit Too Much Right Now

In the introduction to her debut book Heart Talk, artist, poet, and speaker Cleo Wade invites readers to treat it “less like a book and more like a friend or companion,” and she means it. “I definitely write in service to other people, and I always…
By Sadie Trombetta

How Neil Gaiman Retold The Stories Of Norse Mythology — Without All The Sexism

Winter isn't finished quite yet, and as people across the country prepare for more weeks of driving snows, howling winds, and apocalyptic conditions both natural and political, the old gods of the far North are making their presences felt once…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This Black Mexican American Poet Hopes To Be A "Curandera" Through Her Words

Poet Ariana Brown was doing a show in Tucson, Arizona when a fellow performer broke out in a rash. Having grown up in the Southwest — San Antonio, to be exact —  Brown is familiar with the local plant life. She set off to find some aloe vera, and…
By Virginia Isaad