Each year, we offer teens across the country a chance to chat with authors of popular YA books via Spreecast. Participating authors for 2014 included:
Michelle Gagnon is the international bestselling author of thrillers for teens and adults. Described as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens,” her YA technothriller DON’T TURN AROUND was nominated for a Thriller Award, and was selected as one of the best teen books of the year by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Kirkus, Voya, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. The second book in the Persefone series, DON'T LOOK NOW, is on sale now. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Marissa Meyer was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn't actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder, the first in the Lunar Chronicles series, was her YA debut.
Claudia Gray began her writing career with the Evernight series: four YA novels set in an eerie gothic boarding school. The Evernight books received critical acclaim from national media, earned Claudia the title of New York Times bestseller. The second book in the new Spellcaster series, STEADFAST, launched earlier this year. Though she has worked as a lawyer, journalist, disc jockey, and extremely poor waitress, she currently writes full time and resides in New Orleans.
Cecil Castellucci is a two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, an award-winning author of five books for young adults, and the YA and children's book editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Born in New York City, Cecil lives in Los Angeles. For the research of Tin Star, Cecil attended LaunchPad, a NASA funded workshop intended to teach writers of science fiction about the most up-to-date and correct space science.
Check out our previous author visits:
2013: Marie Lu, Andrew Smith, Dan Krokus, Bennett Madison,Colleen Houck and Jessica Brody.
2012: Ilsa Bick and Jon Maberry.