Category: Author Interview

Author Interview: David Nei..

Author Interview: David Neilsen

Today, I have the marvelous David Neilsen, author of Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. Check out my review to learn my thoughts on this new book! How did you come up with the idea for Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom? The idea for the book came from an illustration by the late children’s illustrator Trina Schart Hyman. It had been hanging on the wall of my in-laws’ for years before I ever really looked at it.  It shows a man in a suit and top hat leering down at a little girl, who looks back at […]

Posted August 7, 2016
Author Interview

Author Interview: R.A. Spra..

Author Interview: R.A. Spratt – Blog Tour

I’m excited to be apart of the Blog Tour for Friday Barnes: Girl Detective with Macmillan Kids! Today, I have author R.A. Spratt answering some questions, along with sharing a piece of original art from the book’s illustrator Phil Gosier! Check out my book review of Friday Barnes: Girl Detective as well! • How did the idea for “Friday Barnes, Girl Detective” come to you? It basically started with me wanting to have more money (writing children’s books is generally not wildly lucrative), which lead to me trying to figure out how I could sell more books, which lead to be wondering […]

Posted January 20, 2016
Author Interview

Blog Tour: Oddly Normal + G..

Blog Tour: Oddly Normal + Giveaway

Review: Oddly Normal is a great graphic novel, appropriate for upper elementary and middle grade readers. Oddly Normal is a half witch, but who lives and goes to school like a normal middle schooler. One day, she gets fed up and wishes her parents away and finds that her spell has come true. This whole situation leads to her aunt taking her to Fignation, a strange oddball place with magic and lots of different creatures to encounter. She must find a way to get her parents back with her aunt’s help. What amazed me the most about this book, were […]

Posted October 15, 2015
Author Interview, Book Review, Giveaway

Author Interview: Maria T. ..

Author Interview: Maria T. Lennon + Giveaway

Today I have Maria T. Lennon, author of Watch Out Hollywood and Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child here to answer some of my questions! Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway at the end of the post. Do you have a favorite theme or genre that you like to write about? Is there a genre that you’ll probably stay away from and why? I really like realistic fiction. The real world. Dystopian stuff has never been for me. Sadly, my brain is firmly rooted on this planet so I could never write something like that, though I wish I could. […]

Posted August 19, 2014
Author Interview, Giveaway

Author Interview: Shaunta G..

Author Interview: Shaunta Grimes + Giveaway

Today we have Shaunta Grimes, author of Viral Nation and it’s sequel Rebel Nation, answering a couple of our questions. When did you know you wanted to be an author? When I was in the sixth grade, Tomie Depaola came to my school for an author visit. He talked about writing his stories on a yellow legal pad with a Sharpie marker. I carried a yellow legal pad and a Sharpie with me through high school. That author visit was the first time I made the connection between the books that I loved and the fact that there were people […]

Posted July 3, 2014
Author Interview

Author Interview: Rachel Se..

Author Interview: Rachel Searles

Today, The Book Monsters are excited to welcome Rachel Searles, author of The Lost Planet.  This is what the boy is told: – He woke up on planet Trucon, inside of a fence line he shouldn't have been able to cross.  – He has an annirad blaster would to the back of his head.  – He has no memory. – He is now under the protection of a mysterious benefactor.  – His name is Chase Garrety. This is what Chase Garrety knows: – He has a message: "Guide the star." – Time is running out.      Describe your book in five […]

Posted January 30, 2014
Author Interview

Author Interview: S.A. Bode..

Author Interview: S.A. Bodeen

Today, the Book Monsters are happy to host an interview with S.A. Bodeen, author of The Compound and The Fallout. Stay tuned for a chance to win both books at the end of the interview! It has been several years since The Compound was first released, what made you decide to write a sequel? Honestly, I was never going to write a sequel. To me, The Compound was a standalone with a sort of open ending, but the story was done. Then I spent three years doing school visits and Skypes and I got asked at every single one: “What happens […]

Posted September 20, 2013
Author Interview

Author Interview: Cristin B..

Author Interview: Cristin Bishara + Blog Tour

  The Book Monsters are excited to welcome Cristin Bishara, author of Relativity. And stay tuned after the interview for a special giveaway!   Describe RELATIVITY in five words or less. Fast-paced and thought-provoking.   What has your road to publications been like? My road had many stop signs and detours! Here’s a quick look at how it played out: 1) After I wrote RELATIVITY, it took fifteen months of querying before I signed with my agent, Minju Chang at BookStop Literary. 2) Before submitting to publishers, Minju asked me to rewrite the ending (it was pretty bleak) and consider […]

Posted September 19, 2013
Author Interview