Turning Points: Choose Your Own Adventure by Jon Skovron

This guest post is part of the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Now, to celebrate the release of his new YA novel, Man Made Boy, out in stores on October 3, here is Jon Skovron sharing his… Guest post by … Continue reading Turning Points: Choose Your Own Adventure by Jon Skovron

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: INHERITANCE by Malinda Lo

Just last week, while I was away, the sequel to Malinda Lo‘s heart-pounding, gripping, sexy Adaptation series, Inheritance, entered the world—and now that I’m home I have an interview with Malinda to celebrate its release! I’ve asked Malinda to answer some of my favorite author interview questions, and here’s what she said… Scroll down to … Continue reading Author Interview & Book Giveaway: INHERITANCE by Malinda Lo

Writer-to-Writer Interview + Book Giveaway: Amy McNamara and LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP

This Writer-to-Writer Interview with Amy McNamara touches on telling ourselves stories in the face of things we don’t understand, the art she turns to when writing isn’t going well, and so much more about her debut YA novel, Lovely, Dark and Deep (Simon & Schuster BFYR, on sale TODAY). I’m excited to tell you about a beautiful, lyrical debut novel … Continue reading Writer-to-Writer Interview + Book Giveaway: Amy McNamara and LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP

Turning Points: Putting Book Reviews in Perspective by Kate Messner

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. Read on as Kate Messner tells how she came to gain perspective on bad reviews… Book reviews aren’t personal. They … Continue reading Turning Points: Putting Book Reviews in Perspective by Kate Messner

Guest Post: A Book That Scares Courtney Summers

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) By Courtney Summers, author of FALL FOR ANYTHING When Nova invited me to participate in her Halloween guest blog extravaganza, there were two prompts to mine a potential entry from: What’s one of the creepiest books you’ve ever read? and What makes a story scary for you? I didn’t even have to … Continue reading Guest Post: A Book That Scares Courtney Summers

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Micol Ostow on Her New Novel “family”

Sometime ago, I got an early read on the opening pages of a manuscript that has haunted me ever since. While I read, I was filled with a deep sense of foreboding about the story and its narrator, seventeen-year-old Mel. I was chilled, torn up by what going to happen, wanting to stop it, wanting … Continue reading Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Micol Ostow on Her New Novel “family”

How the Shyest Person You Know Found a Way to Talk in Front of People: A Great Mystery

I used to be painfully shy. I know I’ve spoken about this before—maybe here on the blog, maybe at events—but I used to be a really, really shy person. Horribly shy. Talking in front of groups of people, being made to speak, to answer questions, to say what I was thinking, being looked at by … Continue reading How the Shyest Person You Know Found a Way to Talk in Front of People: A Great Mystery