Shannon Messenger still sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella (and thinks that anyone not cuddling with stuffed animals at night is seriously missing out). During the day, you can usually find her curled up in a comfy chair, surrounded by kitties while snacking on something sugary–and writingRead More →

Z Brewer is the NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as The Slayer Chronicles series, Soulbound, The Cemetery Boys, The Blood Between Us, Madness, and more short stories than they can recall. When not making readers cry because they killed off a character theyRead More →

At an early age I realized that all I wanted in life was to have a job where I didn’t have to wear shoes all the time. I hate shoes. I call them foot prisons. My feet have committed no crimes! Socks, are a different matter entirely. I like toRead More →

1.Cinda has a degree in philosophy and two degrees in nutrition. Therefore, she may be totally unqualified to teach anybody anything about writing. 2. Cinda once took a ride in a hot air balloon. It was fantastic except for the part about landing in the middle of the Interstate. ItRead More →

Ally Condie used to work at a shave-ice shack as a teenager. She ate so many tigers’ blood shaved-ices that it now runs through her veins. She likes to hike and isn’t afraid of falling, which is good because she’s not the most coordinated person on the planet. She’s reallyRead More →

I love dogs. I try to put them in all my books. In fact, I decided to put my dog Rue (named after Rue in Hunger Games) in my new book, HOW I BECAME A SPY. I changed her name to Roo. And I couldn’t leave my other dog outRead More →

Kazu Kibuishi was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States when he was very young. He grew up in southern California, and graduated with a degree in Film Studies from UC/Santa Barbara. Then he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Kazu isRead More →

I write stories that kids like; my most creative ideas come when I first wake up in the morning; I never read my books once they’re published; my writing partner is my dog who is incredibly sweet but not a rocket scientist; and most notably, I’m terrified of clowns. LearnRead More →

As a child, Jennifer Nielsen rode bicycles no-handed, cliff jumped, was the entire outfield on a three-person baseball team, and climbed trees with power lines running through them (that fortunately, she never touched). She somehow became a semi-responsible adult who now only writes about reckless young heroes. She is theRead More →

‚ÄčI don’t like the giant ocean crocodile in the new Jurassic Park movie trailer. It’s scary and now I’ll never go in the ocean again. I fear visiting the Pacific Northwest because of that story about a big earthquake coming, so every night I’m there I sleep in a helmetRead More →

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of seven novels for young adults and middle grade, including Flygirl, Orleans, and The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Her first nonfiction middle grade book, Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen will be in stores August 2018. Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books, construction, andRead More →

On my sixteenth birthday my mom threw me a surprise party and invited all the kids from school whose names were in my phone book…except they were all the cool upperclassmen boys who I had never actually met. My oldest friend – now known as the author Pseudonymous Bosch –Read More →

I was born in Mexico and came to the United States with my adoptive father when I was nine-years-old. One of the things that helped me learn English and adapt to my new country was that I turned out to be good at playing tennis, even though I had neverRead More →

Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; and Pyromantic. She spends most of her time reading about monsters, thinking about monsters, and raising two monsters. Lish prefers mini pies to cupcakes and probably watches tooRead More →