Posts Tagged: author interview

An Ember in the Ashes: trailer feature + giveaway

An Ember in the Ashes: trailer feature + giveaway

Two months ago, I was invited to attend a lunch to meet author Sabaa Tahir and to watch the filming of  the trailer for her book An Ember in the Ashes. The shoot took place here in Los Angeles, and while I’ve been on location before as a film publicist, this was the first time I’ve ever walked into a studio filled with smoke! It was a dark, moody setting that suited the book perfectly, since the story follows an orphan named Laia who risks her life to save her brother Darin, who’s held captive by a brutal empire. The actress who played Laia was friendly and chatty, and she showed us the scar painted on her shoulder. It’s an important and serious part of the book, so it was cool to see the attention to detail in the make-up and costumes. The Kommandant was small, blonde, and totally badass… Read more »

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In Real Life: Tour Stop

In Real Life: Tour Stop

  I must admit my interest was immediately piqued when I heard about this Young Adult graphic novel that appealed to both my gamer soul and my feminist sensibilities. I was not let down! I enjoyed this graphic novel so much I thought the only flaw was its brevity. Perhaps too short to really go as in depth in characterization, or with the issues as I’d’ve liked, but still an all around solid story. I found In Real Life to be a very heartfelt and eye opening story about the intersection of gaming, feminism, economics, and labor rights.     And as such, we are so pleased to be a part of the 30 Questions with Cory Doctorow tour! Below I am privileged to present the questions and answers on our leg of the tour.   Anda gains a lot of confidence through her success with the all-girl gaming guild. What message… Read more »

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Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

The day before Comic-Con last month, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Ann Aguirre, and Anna Banks went to the Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles for a panel, and I got to interview them (in the employee break room) before the panel started. It had been a crazy week for me–I had a lot of work to get done for a project I’ve been working on for over a year, I was leaving the following morning for the convention, I had a bronchial infection (I wasn’t contagious, but I was taking antibiotics, steroids, and that awesome cough syrup with codeine in it)… and Obama was in town.   If you don’t live somewhere where presidents visit for fund raising, it’s hard to understand how badly having them in town can completely destroy the traffic system, but it’s really something. Major streets along his route are completely shut down,… Read more »

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Ruin & Rising Tour: Grisha Food Chat with Leigh Bardugo + series giveaway!

Ruin & Rising Tour: Grisha Food Chat with Leigh Bardugo + series giveaway!

The Grisha series is beloved by every single reviewer at The Midnight Garden, so we’re tremendously excited for the release of Ruin and Rising on June 17th, 2014.  Can you believe it’s almost here? As part of the official blog tour for the book, I sat down with author Leigh Bardugo for lunch at Mari Vanna, a beautiful, relaxed restaurant in West Hollywood named after a Slavic fairytale grandmother who welcomed hungry travelers for a home-cooked meal. Since the trilogy is set in Ravka, a world inspired by Russia, the setting could not have been more perfect for this interview. We were seated outside in the lovely garden patio, with birdhouses hanging from the trees and a samovar fountain right next to our table! At one point, a bird flew in and drank from it, and we were thoroughly charmed. Originally we’d talked about meeting up after the book was… Read more »

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Introducing: Stray with Elissa Sussman + Giveaway

Introducing: Stray with Elissa Sussman + Giveaway

There’s something so exciting about seeing a friend realize a lifelong dream. I’ve known my friend Elissa for five years, and she has always been passionate about smart entertainment for young people (she worked on Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, you guys!), so when I heard that her first YA novel, Stray, was going to be published by HarperCollins (it hits stores October 7), I lost my freaking mind. As one does. I’ve been able to see the fascinating process of what a first-time novelist goes through unfold in front of me at our weekly coffee dates, and one of the things Elissa was most excited about was the cover, because that’s the part that’s completely out of the writer’s hands. Every week I’d ask her if she’d seen the design, and every week the answer was no. Until last week. And you guys, it was worth the… Read more »

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YAuthor Talk: Katja Millay

YAuthor Talk: Katja Millay

  YAuthor Talk is a monthly feature where we ask our favorite authors 5 random questions just for fun! Join us for bookish musings, crazy tangential conversations, and more. This month we’ve got the author of one of the two books all four of us Midnight Gardeners named as one of our Favorite Books of 2013: Katja Millay, who penned the heartbreaking and beautiful The Sea of Tranquility.     1. If you could be any YA hero/heroine, who would you be and why? There are so many YA heroines I respect and admire for one reason or another, but although I think it might be nice to be like them, I don’t think I could handle actually being them.  I’d love to lay claim to their skills and personality traits – and, yes, if I’m being completely honest, their love interests – but they’re often put through such a… Read more »

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YAuthor Talk: Rosamund Hodge

YAuthor Talk: Rosamund Hodge

  YAuthor Talk is a monthly feature where we ask our favorite authors 5 random questions just for fun! Join us for bookish musings, crazy tangential conversations, and more. This month we’re featuring Rosamund Hodge, whose debut Cruel Beauty–out tomorrow, 1/28!–Kate called “an exquisitely crafted retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche.”

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