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 »

Christa Lewis Interview

February 23, 2016

published in AudioFile (February/March 2016)   Christa Lewis’s last three narrations earned AudioFile Earphones Awards. All three of them are challenging books that reveal the talents of someone relatively new to the field of narration. In Ryan Graudin’s  WOLF BY read more »

Euan Morton Interview

published in AudioFile (December 2015/January 2016) At age 6, Euan Morton found himself surrounded by snowballs made of rolled-up newspapers, playing Frosty the Snowman for a children’s festival. He knew then that he wanted to be an actor or a read more »