Marie Lu

Marie Lu is a hot commodity in the world of Young Adult fantasy fiction. She published book 1 of the very successful Legend trilogy in 2013. Like all 5 of her books so far, it was a New York Times bestseller. Born in China, Lu didn’t really understand that books had authors as a child. But once she did, and Read More

Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins always wanted to be a writer. In her 30’s, she began her writing career as a freelance journalist. From there she branched out to children’s nonfiction., publishing 20 books such as “Orcas: High Seas Supermen.” As a teen and young adult, Ellen’s daughter struggled with drug addiction, and out of this sorrow came Ellen’s first novel, written in Read More

D.J. MacHale

D.J. MacHale is the New York Times best-selling author of the “Pendragon” and “Morpheus Road” science fiction adventure series for young adults.  MacHale was also co-creator and producer of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” a Twilight Zone-inspired series for kids that ran on Nickelodeon for 7 seasons in the 1990’s.  This summer, book 1 of MacHale’s new trilogy, “Sylo” Read More

Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young is a high school teacher whose first five books went straight to the “novel graveyard.” But she kept writing, and perfecting her craft, and with her sixth effort she broke through to publishing success, in 2010. Since then she has published six young adult and crossover books, with three more on the way. In this interview we learn Read More

Anne Greenwood Brown

Join us for this lively interview with Anne Greenwood Brown. Ann grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the bow, and wondering what amazing thing might flash by. In her book, “Lies Beneath,” she answers that question. “Lies Beneath” is a Young Adult fantasy about three scary mermaids and their more compassionate brother. Anne lives in Read More

Deborah Halverson

For 10 years, Deborah Halverson edited children’s books before starting to write herself. She is the author of teen novels “Honk If You Hate Me” and “Big Mouth”. Her most recent book, “Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies”, gives aspiring writers for young adults writing exercises, tips, and more. She has also written three books in a forthcoming series for Read More

Delia Ray

Listen to a conversation with Young Adult book author, Delia Ray. Her most recent book, “Here Lies Linc”, a Junior Library Guild Selection, describes what happens when young Lincoln Crenshaw Jr. investigates a curse connected with an ominous statue in a nearby cemetery. A graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Course, Delia Ray wrote two nonfiction books while working as an Read More

Andrew Edlin

This Writers’ Voices features an interview with local Fairfield author, Andrew Edlin. Andrew Edlin was born in Brighton, U.K. and currently lives in Fairfield, Iowa. Andrew has written the fantasy novel “Inaccessible: Dragon Retreat”, which was self-published and is being released through e-book applications. Taking place in 1961, when the few solitary dragons are threatened as their invisibility begins to Read More

Jan Blazanin

Cheryl Fusco Johnson takes the hosting reins once again. Cheryl will be speaking with author Jan Blazanin of Des Moines. Jan’s newest book, “A & L Do Summer”, follows the adventures of two teenage girls in rural Iowa during the summer before their senior year. A former middle school teacher, Jan currently lives on eleven acres, presents writers workshops, teaches Read More

Wendy Delsol

On this Writers’ Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with author Wendy Delsol. After studying at UCLA Writers’ Extension Program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, she sold a young adult novel, “Stork”, to Candlewick Press. That book was released last October. “Stork” tells of Kat Leblanc, a fashion minded 16-year-old who moves from L.A. to a small town in Read More