On Tuesday, 3/31/14, at 7pm, I’ll be part of an amazing panel of YA authors, including Danielle Page (Dorothy Must Die!), Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil), and Sara Benincasa (Great) at the 92nd St. Y in New York City. In our discussion, led by Margot Woods from EpicReads, we’ll be exploring what it’s like to rewrite classic tales. Tickets are required and can be pre-purchased here..
If you’d like to find out how my acting background helps my school author visits or why I had a robot in my house as a kid, check out this Q&A I did with the parenting blog, 7 Magic Islands.
Hey, you! Gonna be in New York City on Saturday, 11/22? Stop by Books of Wonder to see an epic author panel, featuring me, Geoff Rodkey (The Chronicles of Egg), Tim Carvell (Planet Tad), Isaiah Campbell (The Troubles of Johnny Cannon), Tom O’Donnell (For the Love of Gelo!), and Tommy Greenwald (Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money!). We author folk will answer questions, sign books, and probably say some goofy stuff. Check it out!
I am thrilled and honored to announce that The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has been selected for the Texas Library Association’s 2015-2016 Bluebonnet Award Master List. I am especially thrilled and honored considering the 19 other amazing books on that list. Even if you’re not at one of the schools eligible to vote, you should check out the nominees.
Here’s an interview I did with the blog Bookish Serendipity. It’s for their “Questioning AUTHORity” section. Man, I love good puns. Anyway, check it out. For some reason, I mentioned Power Rangers in it.
The Middle Grade Mafia does not stand around menacingly thwacking baseball bats into the palms of their hands (as far as I know). But they do have an awesome blog about kid-lit. Here’s my interview with them.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 27th, I’ll be greeting readers and signing books at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival in Chappaqua, New York (a good place to have the festival, considering its name). Click the poster below to check out the festival website, get details on time and place, and see the full list of over 80 authors in attendance.
Courtesy of The Pen and Ink Blog, here’s an interview with me conducted by third-grader, Sam Kroll.
So there’s this guy named Todd Harris who draws all the pretty pictures for the Hero’s Guide books (and the ones you see plastered all over the wallpaper of this site). Since I wrote those books (and used his artwork all over my site), I figured I should talk to him. Here’s the conversation. (Read to the end for a peek at some awesome unused art from Storming the Castle!)
ME: So, Todd, let me start off with a thank you for creating such awesome depictions of my characters for the Hero’s Guide trilogy. More often than not, you’ve nailed the images I’ve had in my head as I wrote. I’ve always been curious as to how much you use the text when creating your character designs. What kind of specific cues you take from the text?
TODD: I rely on the text completely in the initial phases, all in an effort of trying to understand the personality. Once I feel like I understand that, I’ll try to add little things that bring the character to life and compliment the story. Everything I draw flows from the personality of the character and the situation he’s in. I’ll even draw sad or happy hair depending on the scene! With good stories (like Hero’s), there are unique characters and each character gets a unique shape language. For instance, Frederick is kind of a wimp (at least at the beginning of the series), and his waist is smaller than Gustav’s wrist! Continue reading
What is The Worst Thing About Saving the World? I ask myself that very question. Click the pic to read my reply.