Hello and Merry Monday!

Here are past and current interviews of authors, from fellow bloggers, you don’t wanna miss.

o Dia Reeves is the author of BLEEDING VIOLET, an amazing and remarkable debut novel, which received rave reviews all over the blogosphere! Some of the reviews can be found @ Reading in Color, the Happy Nappy Bookseller and Manga Maniac Cafe, just to quote a few.
Dia’s interview, dated May 1st, 2010, can be found on Ari’s blog. She is also featured at Color Online, a blog dedicated to women writers of color. BLEEDING VIOLET is published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster).

o You are going to love this! Zetta Elliot is the author of the award-winning picture book BIRD, published by Lee & Low Books, and of A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT, a YA novel. Zetta’s story is as surprising as it is inspiring. She encountered challenge after challenge on her road to publication, so she decided to self-publish her novel. When Amazon expanded by becoming a publisher, the editor(s) picked up AWAM for publication. Author Mitali Perkins interviewed Zetta a few days ago. The interview is titled (partial title): AMAZON AS A PUBLISHER?
Sure you wonder as well! ๐Ÿ˜€

o Congratulations to Tonya Cherie Hegamin, author of MOST LOVED IN ALL THE WORLD (Publisher: Houghton Mifflin), and Korean Native illustrator Taeeun Yoo, for ONLY A WITCH CAN FLY (Publisher: McMillan), both winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Awards! Zetta Attended the award ceremony and has short videos to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

o Zetta strikes again with another must-read interview!!! Kidlit editor Laura Atkins talked to Zetta Elliot about her strategies for finding writers of color. Following a conversation on Scholastic Editor AnnMarie Anderson’s post on Multiculturalism Rocks!, Zetta kindly gave us the link to Editor Laura Atkins’ November interview. A must-read! (Thanks, Zetta)
React to the interview here!

o Best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, whose blog Cynsations does not need an introduction *smile*, has a wonderful interview of debut novelist Christina Diaz Gonzalez. Christina is the author of THE RED UMBRELLA. She starts the interview by sharing the impact that the writers & illustrators organization SCBWI had in her journey. Her story is simply amazing. Here is a sneak peek:
“My book is loosely based on parentsโ€™ experience in coming to the U.S. and that of the other 14,000 children who were part of Operation Pedro Pan (a secret program where over 14,000 Cuban children were sent by their parents to the U.S. alone in order to escape Castroโ€™s Communist revolution).”
Read the full interview here.

o Last but not least, writers unite to raise funds for food relief for Nashville, TN. As you know, Nashville has been devasted by a recent flood, and the death tool in the region is already up to 23 people. Amanda Morgan, Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire are the organizers of the project titled DO THE RIGHT THING FOR NASHVILLE, also the name of the blog where you will find more information and ongoing fantastic auctions.

Is there something you’d like to put up for auction? Do you have any question? Contact the organizers:
dtwtfn at gmail dot com!

Here’s the project Facebook Page.

Please, spread the word.

That’s a wrap. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful week! I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to share links to more interviews in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚



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