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!

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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!

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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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Sensational Sophomores: Miranda Asebedo’s Playlist Inspired by A Constellation of Roses

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second books. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Miranda Asebedo, author of The Deepest Roots, as she shares a playlist inspired by her upcoming novel A Constellation of Roses. You can read my review for A Constellation of Roses here.


My number one requirement when I’m writing is having a playlist that really fits the mood of the book. Sometimes it’s songs that remind me of a certain scene I want to write, or a tune that perfectly matches the attitude of a character in the manuscript. I write in a lot of different locations—in my kids’ dance studio lobby, my car, the coffeeshop, and occasionally, even in my office! But having a playlist helps me get in the right mindset quickly so that I can get as many words written as I can in whatever bit of time I’ve managed to squeak out.

Here are three of my favorite songs from my playlist for my upcoming sophomore novel, A Constellation of Roses, out November 5, 2019 from HarperTeen!

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