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Don’t Miss These Debuts

If you missed any of the debut interviews this week, be sure to check them out:

What Happens Next and Colleen Clayton:

“There is nothing like holding a book in your hands with your name on the front of it. . . . I would run my finger down the spines and think: Wow. I did it. I really did it.”

Read my interview with Colleen Clayton and enter to win a signed and personalized finished copy plus 10 bookmarks!

Meagan Spooner and Skylark:

“I made a promise to myself that I would write at least 500 words a day, every day, until the book was done. Weekends, holidays, sick days, days I was on an airplane for 16 hours… didn’t matter, the writing still got done.”

Read my interview with Meagan Spooner and enter to win a 16X24 poster of the Skylark cover!

Vahini Naidoo and Fall to Pieces:

Fall to Pieces wanted to be written nearly nonstop during a crucial exam period in my senior year of high school, which was a bit bratty of it, really. I appeased it by giving it its way—what can I say, I’m a bit of a pushover.”

Read my interview with Vahini Naidoo and enter to win a pre-order!

Laura Ellen and Blind Spot:

“It is dark, 3 or 4 a.m. and just a small table lamp is on. My ideal reader is huddled in bed, hunched over Blind Spot, its spine clutched in her hands. She is dog-tired, eyes barely open, but she cannot put the book down because she has to see what happens next.”

Read my interview with Laura Ellen and enter to win a signed ARC plus bookmarks! 

Kimberly Sabatini and Touching the Surface:

“If I had to pick one moment that has made me suck in my breath and say wow, I think it was being given an ARC of Touching the Surface to give to Laurie Halse Anderson. She was the first person I ever heard speak at a conference and it changed me—deeply. I was able to give her the first book I’ve ever signed. It was a very moving, full-circle moment for me.”

Read my interview with Kimberly Sabatini and enter to win a signed finished copy, a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, and some swag!

And come back tomorrow for an international chance to win one of the ten Fall 2012 YA debuts featured… your choice!