“Why I Write at Panera Bread” and More With Author Kwame Alexander

Last summer, I had the great pleasure of watching award-winning children’s book author Kwame Alexander bring down the house at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) annual conference in Los Angeles. Although I was not yet familiar with him or his work, after seeing Kwame speak, I… Read More

“Just Say No to Candy Crush,” Says YA Author Susane Colasanti

Recently, I attended a wonderful event to celebrate the launch of David Levithan’s book, Another Day, at New York City’s noted and adorable bookstore, Books of Wonder. After Levithan’s terrific presentation and signing, I was formally introduced to author Susane Colasanti. Lucky me! We first met, albeit briefly, last spring… Read More

Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, The Accident Season

The following review of The Accident Season (Kathy Dawson Books, August 2015) by Moira Fowley-Doyle comes from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores.    For Cara and her family, every fall brings misfortune. They call it the accident season. In Moira Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel, The Accident Season, Cara… Read More

Fat Shaming in Books: My Interview with Kelly Jensen

Sometimes, a tweet or series of tweets gives me a great idea for a blog topic. As a registered dietitian nutritionist and nonfiction nutrition book author now tackling my first young adult fiction book, I am particularly interested in promoting healthy body image and acceptance of people of all shapes… Read More

Interview With YA Author Valerie Tejeda

Below you’ll find a brief review of Hollywood Witch Hunter (Bloomsbury Spark, July 2015) and a Q and A with its author, Valerie Tejeda, from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor, Joshua Flores. Valerie Tejeda’s debut novel Hollywood Witch Hunter is a book that teens and adults alike can finish… Read More

Writers on Writing: My Interview with Meg Wolitzer

Although I arrived late to the work of New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, the cliché, “Better late than never” rings completely true for me. After reading and loving Belzhar, her first young adult novel (now out in paperback), I knew Wolitzer was a writer I needed to follow… Read More

Writers on Writing: Interview with Author Natasha Sinel

Several weeks ago at the amazing Society for Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrator’s annual conference in LA, I had the pleasure of meeting author Natasha Sinel.   Her debut book, The Fix (Sky Pony Press, September 1, 2015) follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were… Read More

Fiction Friday: EVERYTHING EVERYTHING with Nicola Yoon

Several months ago, I was thrilled to meet debut author Nicola Yoon at YALLWEST. Her new book, Everything, Everything (Delacorte Press, September 1, 2015), has hit shelves and I have no doubt it will be a book that resonates with teen readers (and adults like me who are really teens… Read More

Fiction Friday: Book Review, Extraordinary Means

I’m excited to share this review of Robyn Schneider’s Extraordinary Means (Katherine Tegen Books, May 26, 2015) by Joshua Flores (pictured below), a rising junior from Tustin, California. When Joshua and I met last spring at YALLWEST, we shared an enthusiasm for young adult books. I’m very excited he took… Read More

Fiction Friday: Interview with John Corey Whaley

I recently wrote about my experience at YALLWEST in Santa Monica, California (you can read a recap of day one here). Although I fangirled (is that a verb?) with some of my favorite authors including Jennifer Niven and Stephanie Perkins, I also had the opportunity to meet and get to… Read More