YA author draws upon adventurous spirit in writing her new novel

September 17, 2018

Author Makiia Lucier recently moved to the Triangle from Idaho, and she may be one of the few who loves North Carolina’s characteristically humid summers. “It reminds me of Guam where I grew up,” said Lucier, who has settled in read more »

Former teacher hit success with his first novel, ‘Nyxia.’ Then came the sophomore challenge.

July 20, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, July 15, 2018) (   Ten months ago, Scott Reintgen published “Nyxia,” launching a YA science-fiction trilogy that netted him a mid-six figure advance and a lot of buzz. His second book, “Nyxia Unleashed,” read more »

Award-winning author wants to add more diverse voices to children’s literature

April 28, 2018

(Published in the News and Observer, April 22, 2018)   I last spoke to Kwame Alexander in 2014, months before his book “The Crossover,” won the prestigious Newbery Award for his contributions to children’s literature.     The novel read more »

Talking with Jason Reynolds

April 27, 2018

(published in AudioFile April-May 2018) Jason Reynolds is a bestselling author whose novels for middle schoolers and teens have been honored by the National Book Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and the American Library Association. But perhaps his greatest read more »

Author strives to show a different face of homelessness: ‘She’s more than this one issue

February 26, 2018

In the acknowledgments for Brenda Rufener’s debut novel, “Where I Live,” the Durham author speaks of “writing from the heart.” She does just that in telling the story of teenager Linden Rose, whose intelligence and wit make her successful in read more »

In the Black Lives Matter era, the literary world has faced a ‘wake-up call’; Interview with Nic Stone

January 21, 2018

Atlanta author Nic Stone’s son was only 5 months old when Jordan Davis, an African-American teen, was fatally shot at a gas station in Florida after an argument about the volume of his music. It occurred to Stone that one read more »

Talking with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

December 18, 2017

(Interview published in Audiofile Magazine December, 2017)   Those who listen to Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s THE WAR I FINALLY WON may be surprised to find they love it even more than her award-winning first book, THE WAR THAT SAVED MY read more »

Meet ‘Nyxia,’ the debut novel from a former Wake teacher–He’s signing tonight!

September 27, 2017

Interview Published in the Raleigh News and Observer September 10, 2017     You won’t find Apex author Scott Reintgen in a high school classroom this year. Instead, he’s working hard to finish his trilogy of young adult novels that read more »

Interview with Grace Lin

March 6, 2017

published in AudioFile Magazine; December 2016-January 2017 Z Grace Lin “When I was younger, there were lots of times books became my friends. I hope I create books that have become friends for kids.” Rent audiobooks Talking with Grace Lin Grace Lin read more »

Chapel Hill picture book author has gift for rhyme and pacing: Linda Ashman-Interview

April 9, 2016

Author Linda Ashman will sign books at the Chapel Hill Library April 10.  BY SUSIE WILDE (published in the News and Observer, 4/8/16) Linda Ashman appeared to do the unthinkable earlier this year: She had three children’s books come out read more »