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Author Spotlight

  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Rick Yancey
  • Alison Goodman

Sabaa Tahir is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes and its sequel, A Torch Against the Night. She grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Rick Yancey is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th WaveThe Infinite SeaThe Last Star, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn’t writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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Alison Goodman is the author of the New York Times best-selling Eon/Eona duology, as well as the genre-bending Singing the Dogstar Blues and the adult thriller A New Kind of Death (originally titled Klling the Rabbit).

Alison lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ron, and their two exuberant Parson Russell Terriers, Xander and Spike. She was the 1999 D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at a postgraduate level.

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Stephanie Perkins on 3 True Crime Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Love a gripping true crime podcast? You’re not the only one! Stephanie Perkins, author of the new The Woods Are Always Watching a heart-stopping novel about friendship, survival, and navigating unmarked paths even as evil watches from the shadows, knows her way around a edge-of-your-seat thriller. So we asked her for some recommendations! Here are 3 … Continued
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5 Things That Inspired The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

The Taking of Jake Livingston is quickly becoming summer’s most beloved scary read. Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But when a vengeful ghost sets his sights on Jake, high school becomes a different kind of survival game—one Jake is not sure he can win. Sounds amazing, right?! Well, we had some questions for author … Continued
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Robyn Schneider’s Top 3 Influences for THE OTHER MERLIN

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Behind the scenes: Ayana Gray shares her biggest inspirations for writing Beasts of Prey!

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Cameron Lund’s Bookish Summer Playlist!

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What it’s like to watch your book become a movie: Stephanie Perkins talks about There’s Someone Inside Your House on Netflix!

What is it like to watch your book become a movie? We asked Stephanie Perkins, whose There’s Someone Inside Your House just hit Netflix! Here’s what she had to say.     Hi, there! I’m Stephanie Perkins, and I’m the author of the new horror novel The Woods Are Always Watching—but today I’m here for my previous novel, There’s … Continued
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The official Beasts of Prey playlist!

With Beasts of Prey just around the corner (hello, Sept 28th!!) and the fandom growing FAST, we asked author Ayana Gray to share her Beasts of Prey playlist so you’re ready to tune in on Spotify and read along as soon as your copy comes in! So without further ado, onto you, Ayana! Hello!  This is definitely one of … Continued
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5 things to know about HELLO (FROM HERE)

Hello (From Here) is a heartfelt, witty, and thought-provoking YA love story about two teens who fall for each other while forced apart during quarantine, written by two New York Times bestselling authors, and for fans of Five Feet Apart, Anna and the French Kiss, and My Life Next Door. Speaking of bestselling authors, we had some questions for Chandler and Wesley … Continued
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The official THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON playlist!

Ready to dive into the scariest novel of the summer? We asked Ryan Douglass to share his recommended playlist for his debut novel The Taking of Jake Livingston, so grab your copy and scroll down to start listening while you read!   The Taking of Jake Livingston – Official Playlist by Ryan Douglass The Taking of Jake Livingston … Continued
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