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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Henry H. Neff, author of Impyrium

Oct 25, 2016

Summer may be over, but there's no reason you can't take a magical journey this fall with IMPYRIUM, the first installment of Henry H. Neff's new high-stakes fantasy series. Set three thousand years after the events of Neff's Tapestry series, IMPYRIUM expands upon the same world that his fans have come to know and love, but with all sorts of new characters, conspiracies and betrayals. The Faeregine dynasty's magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But when Hob, a commoner from the remote provinces, is sent to the castle to spy on the Faeregines, the two unlikely allies discover that Impyrium's history may be darker than they could have ever imagined. Complete with illustrations from Neff, this book has all the qualities of your new favorite book --- with more on the way.

In celebration of the release of IMPYRIUM, we spoke to Henry about worldbuilding, writing from a female perspective and the very real origins of his fantastical stories. Read on to learn more!

Interview: Deb Lucke, author of Lunch Witch #2: Knee-deep in Niceness

Oct 20, 2016

Witches come in all forms --- they can wear pointed hats and ride broomsticks across the night skies, cast spells from rickety shacks or imposing castles, or, in the case of Grunhilda from THE LUNCH WITCH, they can serve you food in the school cafeteria! In the first book, which released in 2015, Grunhilda befriends a bespectacled little girl named Madison, but when Madison needs her help, she has to decide what to do --- helping people isn't a very witchy activity, after all.

Interview: Wade Albert White, author of The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes

Sep 13, 2016

Here at Kidsreads, we're always on the hunt for our next great read, so you can imagine how excited we are about Wade Albert White's THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES --- a book that combines tons of action, side-splitting humor and a feisty heroine into one fantastic story. In this new book, an orphan named Anne is shocked when she is selected for a magical quest to solve a bizarre riddle and discover her true origin. Fortunately, she has some great friends and one amazing book to help her find her way. In celebration of the book's release, we spoke with debut author Wade Albert White about his inspiration for his book, his writing process and what we can expect from future installments of this seriously funny new series.

Interview: Justin LaRocca Hansen , author of Secondhand Heroes: Brothers Unite

Aug 1, 2016

Graphic novels are all the rage lately and here at Kidsreads we were delighted to come across BROTHERS UNITE, the start of an epic new trilogy from author and illustrator Justin LaRocca Hansen. In this action-packed book, two brothers find themselves with some super new abilities after receiving a secondhand scarf and umbrella from a yard sale. In this interview with's Julia Luedtke, Justin tells us more about the inspiration for the books, what he thinks it means to be a hero and what fanscan expect from the next two books in the series. Right on!