Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Mia Siegert

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait and the forthcoming Somebody Told Me (4/7/2020) for an interview!

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Mia Siegert’s sophomore novel SOMEBODY TOLD ME will come out with Lerner/Carolrhoda in Spring 2020 (#ownvoices). Their debut JERKBAIT made Goodreads Best YA of May 2016, Top 12 Indie YA from Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, Top 10 YA of 2016 from AndPop!, and gained attention from SB Nation, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, AndPOP!, MaximumPOP! UK, VOYA Magazine, Paste Magazine, Teen Librarian Toolbox, among many others.

Siegert is a self-taught costume designer with their husband. Their work has appeared on Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” When not writing or making costumes, Siegert can be found cosplaying, RPing, and playing Pokémon Go.

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Hey, Mia! Thank you for joining me today! Your second book, Somebody Told Me, comes out in April. How does it feel knowing that’s now less than six months away?

Thanks for having me! It’s pretty incredible and a bit surreal as it’s been some time since Jerkbait released. I’m really grateful for the readers for sticking with me and I can’t wait to get to know new readers.

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Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Jodie Lynn Zdrok, author of Spectacle and the upcoming Sensational (2/11/2020), for an interview!

If you are an author interested in being featured in this series please click here to fill out the Google form.

Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History (Providence College, Brown University) and an MBA (Clark University). In addition to being an author, she’s a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. She is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Hi, Jodie! Thank you so much for participating in the Sensational Sophomores feature! What new challenges did you face while writing your second book, Sensational, as opposed to when writing Spectacle?

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Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Chris Bedell

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Chris Bedell, author of In the Name of Magic and Deathly Desires, for an interview!

If you are an author interested in being featured in this series please click here to fill out the Google form.

Chris Bedell’s previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Entropy Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, among others. His debut YA Fantasy novel IN THE NAME OF MAGIC was published by NineStar Press in 2018. In addition to his YA Paranormal Romance novel DEATHLY DESIRES, Chris has other forthcoming books. A YA Thriller I KNOW WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED (Magnolia Press) and a NA Thriller BURNING BRIDGES (BLKDOG Publishing). Furthermore, Chris graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2016. You can find Chris on Twitter.

Hi, Chris! I’m so excited to have you here today! How different was the publishing and writing process between your first book, In the Name of Magic, and your second, Deathly Desires?

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Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Nicole Melleby

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Nicole Melleby, author of Hurricane Season and the upcoming In the Role of Brie Hutchens… (4/21/2020), for an interview!

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Nicole Melleby is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. Her debut novel, HURRICANE SEASON earned three starred reviews and was awarded the Skipping Stones Honor Award for exceptional contribution to multicultural and ecological awareness in children’s literature. Her second novel, IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS… will be released Spring 2020. When she’s not writing, Nicole can be found browsing the shelves at her local comic shop or watching soap operas with a cup of tea.

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Thank you for being here today, Nicole! I was hoping we could start off by talking a little bit about Brie from your forthcoming second book, In the Role of Brie Hutchins… Could you tell us a little bit about who she is and what her life is like?

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Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Amy Trueblood

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Amy Trueblood, author of Nothing but Sky and Across a Broken Shore, for an interview!

If you are an author interested in being featured in this series please click here to fill out the Google form.

Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. Fueled by iced tea and a good Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy settled in a quiet corner at her local coffee shop plotting her next book. Her debut novel, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her follow-up, Across a Broken Shore (A Winter 2020 JLG selection) is out now. For more information on Amy, check out her website (amytruebloodauthor.com) or follow her on Twitter (@atrueblood5) and Instagram (@atruebloodwrites).

Hi, Amy! Thank you so much for being here today! Let’s start by talking about genres – what is it about historical fiction that entices you?

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Shattering Stigmas: Author Interview with Ronni Davis

Welcome to the seventh day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Ronni, thank you so much for coming to talk about mental health. What does shattering stigmas mean to you?

To me, shattering stigmas means making things previously thought to be “taboo” more mainstream, so that we can have real conversations that are able to drive real change. In the case of mental illness, so many people still feel ashamed to admit they have it, and in turn, never get or use the treatment they need. I struggle with this myself. I’ll skip my medicine for no good reason, then wonder why I feel so terrible. And I think it’s because of a deep-seated shame that I even need it.

If the stigma gets shattered, well, I hope that means fewer people will feel shame because of their illness, and I hope it means more people will be able to get treatment. But we need to keep the dialogue open, and I’m so glad to see a lot of it happening. There are so many great Instagram accounts devoted to shattering this sigma, which is wonderful. I just hope this momentum keeps going.

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Shattering Stigmas: Author Interview with Candace Ganger

Welcome to the third day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Hi, Candace! Thank you so much for participating in this event. What exactly does shattering stigmas mean to you?

It means declaring who you are — all of you — without shame. It means being you, 100%, without apology. It means owning every part of you, flaws and all, and embracing the stigmas as just another piece of you — not all of you.

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