author interviews

This New Memoir Is 'Kimmy Schmidt' Meets 'The Glass Castle' & It's A Must-Read

She’s been compared to memoir superstar Jeannette Walls and Netflix sensation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but Tara Westover’s story is wholly her own. In her widely anticipated memoir, Educated, out now from Random House, Westover tells the story of h…
By E. Ce Miller

This Book Explains Exactly Why Your Female Besties Are Actually Your Real Soulmates

I was a freshman in high school when I saw Tina Fey's Mean Girls in theaters in 2014, and it isn't an exaggeration to say it changed my entire outlook on girlhood. For the next decade, I looked at other young women in my life with suspicion, treated …
By Sadie Trombetta

Erica Garza Opens Up About Her Sex & Porn Addiction In A Powerful New Memoir

Less than a week after The New York Times published their bombshell report that revealed over 50 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape, the disgraced Hollywood producer checked himself into a rehabilitation…
By Sadie Trombetta

This Eerie YA Novel Is The Twisted Fairy Tale You Didn't Know You Needed

When it comes to fairy tales, most readers know exactly how the stories go: The baby is cursed at birth by a jealous rival; the wish is granted, but with unintended consequences; the ugly old witch is actually a beautiful being in disguise. If their …
By Sadie Trombetta

The Author Behind 'Shadowhunters' Is Taking A Risk That Could Shake Up Publishing

"What's the one weird project you've always wanted to do?" This is author Cassandra Clare's favorite question — the one she asks of nearly every creative person she meets. Clare, the prolific young adult author behind the The Mortal Instruments, buil…
By Maddy Foley

This New Novel Is The Darker Version Of 'Gossip Girl' You've Always Wanted To Read

Imagine this: at your mother's funeral, you are approached by three of the most glamorous humans you have ever laid eyes on. They radiate so much class, wealth, and charm that you hardly believe them when they tell you that they are your family — a f…
By Sadie Trombetta

Why This Author Believes Her Memoir About Sexual Abuse & Mental Illness Is A "Conjuring"

It took Terese Marie Mailhot four years to finish writing a single line about her father’s death. That line — "My father died at the Thunderbird Hotel on Flood Hope Road..." — can be found in her debut memoir, Heart Berries, published by Counterpoint…
By E. Ce Miller

This Breathtaking New Memoir Is About One Author's 17 Near-Death Experiences

Acclaimed novelist Maggie O'Farrell has spent her career actively avoiding autobiographical writing. When she signed a book deal to write a memoir, she only asked her publisher for £1, unsure that she would be able to write about her own life experie…
By Sadie Trombetta

This YA Fantasy Is A Deep Dive Into The Dark Side Of Beauty & Ambition

In the acknowledgments to The Belles, author Dhonielle Clayton writes, "This book has haunted me for almost 20 years." "Haunt" is just the right word to describe Clayton's powerful YA fantasy, which takes a deep dive into the dark side of beauty, ex…
By Kerri Jarema

This New Book Is Tackling An Unconventional Topic — What Happens AFTER A Revolution

If you've paid attention to science fiction at all in the last several years, then you probably already know that the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown has spawned a tribe of fiercely devoted readers, all of whom believed the space opera saga was ov…
By Lacy Cooke

How Star Wars Inspired This Story About Growing Up Muslim In America

Young adult author Samira Ahmed remembers her first experience with racism vividly. “I was about seven or eight years old, in the midst of the Iran Hostage Crisis,” she tells Bustle. There was quite a bit of anti-Muslim sentiment in America at the ti…
By Swapna Krishna

Holly Black's 'The Cruel Prince' Combines Palace Intrigue With Faeries & It's Even Better Than It Sounds

Every year when I travel home for the holidays, I pore over the books I accumulated in high school: The battered, dog-eared copies of Pride and Prejudice, the small stack of vampire novels (yes, I read and enjoyed Twilight as a teenager, but I fell h…
By Cristina Arreola

This New YA Fantasy Imagines A World Where Time Is Money — Literally

You've probably heard the phrase "time is money" more often than you can count. But chances are equally as high that you've not really thought about what the idiom means in our daily lives. But author Sara Holland clearly has, if her YA fantasy debut…
By Kerri Jarema

The Crystal You Need In 2018, Based On What You Want To Achieve In The New Year

As the new year inches closer and closer, you may be in the process of deciding how next year will be different from this one. Maybe that means letting go of some of the emotional baggage of 2017, and hopefully it means working towards manifesting mo…
By Cristina Arreola

This Subscription Box Is Completely Dedicated To LGBTQ+ Authors & Literature

The popularity of literary subscription boxes has exploded over the past five years. The phenomenon of the in-person book club has been partly transformed into the monthly or quarterly book box — a handpicked selection of books delivered to subscribe…
By Laura Dorwart

How This Author Is Challenging The YA Status Quo With Her #BlackLivesMatter Novel

Some writers stumble upon inspiration. Nic Stone was "punched in the forehead" by it. Stone's debut novel, Dear Martin, shadows Southern high schooler Justyce McCallister through a year bookended by racially motivated violence. Desperate to make sens…
By Maddy Foley

This YA Novel About Grief & Immigration Is A Call For Empathy — & You Can Start Reading Now

Acclaimed young adult author Marie Marquardt is known for creating works of emotional fiction that truly resonate with her readers, whether they are teens or adults. In her upcoming novel Flight Season, out from Wednesday Books/St. Martin's Press in …
By Sadie Trombetta

'The Disaster Artist' Was A Book Before It Was a Movie - And It's Actually Deeply Moving

It's not an exaggeration to say that the premiere of James Franco’s movie The Disaster Artist is the single thing I've most looked forward to in 2017. It has little to do with the post-film festival buzz, the rave reviews, or the all-star cast. It's …
By Katy Hershberger

My Book Is Helping To Fight Anti-Transgender Trolls — & You Can Help In An Easy Way

There is something happening at this moment. We all know it, whether we are glued to our cable news network of choice or making a conscious effort to tune out the noise. Whether we live in a red state or a blue, whether we stand with the accusers or …
By Jessica Herthel

These New Books & Dolls Are Basically The Political Version of 'American Girl'

A new children's book wants to get girls talking about politics. The Brookies vs. the Bully is the latest release from Girls & Co, and its story will be strikingly familiar to anyone who — for better or worse — remembers the 2016 election. In an inte…
By Kristian Wilson