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Get to know your favorite (or soon to be favorite) authors by reading our exclusive interviews. We love shining the spotlight on brilliant authors!


Children's Book author interviews

When you read an author interview on The Children’s Book Review, it’s likely that you will discover some of the secrets behind the book writing process from concept to published book, how the author’s own life experiences shaped their book(s), or what they like to snack on while writing, or which character from their book they would prefer to go on vacation with. We have featured authors that cover a myriad of age groups and genres, and there is certainly something for everyone here.

To get you started, here are some of our more recent author interviews:

E.K. Johnston Discusses A Thousand Nights

Donna Gephart, Author of Lily and Dunkin | Speed Interview

The Rise of Graphic Novels

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Author Interviews

Interview sponsored by Alyssa Devine The Children’s Book Review | May 22, 2017 Author Showcase The Hypnotist is a murder mystery/thriller. What draws you to the murder mystery genre? That’s a great question, Bianca. It would be easy to say I’m influenced, for the most part, by the large number of superb made-for-television series in this genre that populate the cultural landscape . . . shows like Fargo and True Detective. But the truth is, if you look closely at this novel, and in fact, at all of the novels I wrote under my real name—Theodore Jerome Cohen—they are basically police procedurals. It’s not so much the crime with which I’m concerned, though believe me, if you’re going to write a mystery-thriller, you might as well go all the way and have the antagonist commit a murder, or two, or more. No, what intrigues me as a physicist is how the crime is solved. That is, how does the detective, or in this case, how do two teenagers, catch the killer? What clues do they uncover? What investigative tools and techniques do they use? How do they connect the dots? Meanwhile, just to spice things up, let’s put their lives in jeopardy and see

Pepe Builds a Nest is a story about making the right choices and standing up to bullies. Dr. Theodore J. Cohen discusses the book and more.

Author Joe Beernink talks to us about his young adult book 'Nowhere Wild' and novel writing.

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she dreams up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch is her debut novel

Which five words best describe The Scattering? Kimberly McCreight: Suspenseful, harrowing, timely, moving, surprising.

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is a Western at heart with some steampunk influences. Find out what inspired Eric Bower to write the novel.

My Writing and Reading Life: Johanna Hurwitz, Author of Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins

Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom

Tracy Bryan talks about the inspiration for the book “Too Many Things.”

Recognized as “the queen of children’s music” (People magazine), Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC.

In a courageous debut novel, Holly M. McGhee explores the loss that shakes one girl’s world — and the unexpected consequences of the things we do for love.

Which five words best describe You’re Welcome Universe? Whitney Gardner: Graffiti, Fury, Friendship, Fingerspelling, and Fire.

Get to know Addie Bell, the main character in Jessica Brody’s Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up.

Which five words best describe SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR? Debbie Levy: We’re all in this together.

"Glasses" is a positive book about babies and toddlers wearing glasses. Read all about it in this discussion with author Ann Gwinn Zawistoski.

Which five words best describe Flying Lessons and Other Stories? Ellen Oh: Best Stories in the World!

Another adventure story from Inca the extraordinary Siberian kitty-cat. It is Christmas time, and Inca is ready to enjoy the holiday season with her Siamese sister Cara and brother Fromage.

Which five words best describe The Lost Gift? Kallie George: Giving, Believing, Persevering, Love, Friendship

Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.

Wildlings, by Eleanor Glewwe, is a captivating fantasy about the bond between twins, and the power of children to stand up for what's right.