From demonic circuses to water elemental murder mysteries, alien exchange students to World War I-era necromancy, my urban fantasy book reviews from January to June.
If your kid is scouted for a fancy prep school, chances are they’ll develop weird powers, travel through time, or get murdered by the staff.
I talk about the epistolary style of Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, before sitting on the casting couch to talk about upcoming YA adaptations.
On this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about weaving multimedia into an analog narrative, some of the ups and downs of dating your grandfather’s ex-girlfriend, and sit down on the Casting Couch to make suggestions for the film adaptation coming our way in 2015.
I talk about friendship and feminism in a historical romance set in ancient Egypt, and discuss the newest publishing label applied to twenty-somethings.
Today’s podcast is all about Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Award Winning The Graveyard Book, which is great because it means I get to share my Neil Gaiman story with all of you, and hopefully encourage anyone who’s on the fence about him to open the gate and enter the world of Gaimania.
I’ve been in revision mode since the beginning of the year, which is why my podcast is sporadic and my blogging has been pretty lax. Despite the number of hours in the day, when I’m really trying to tune my focus, taking time for anything else feels like cheating, or wasting precious moments that should be spent correcting typos and eliminating the word ‘just’ from my manuscript.
Today on YA Rewind, I’m revisiting a certain sandstone Abbey in Mossflower Wood, home to anthropomorphic mice, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, moles, otters, and more. I’ll pay tribute to Brian Jacques as I once again explore his world of riddles, feasts, villainous vermin, and heroic exploits, and discuss the pros and cons of length in novels for young adults.
Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors.