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Author News & Interviews

: John Luke Robertson , author of Willie's Redneck Time Machine

Sep 25, 2014

You may have seen the Robertsons on the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty, which follows the Louisiana family behind one of the most popular duck hunting products. But now Phil, Willie and the whole gang have made it into their own book series! Cowritten by John Luke Robertson --- the grandson of the Robertson patriarch --- and novelist Travis Thrasher, Be Your Own Duck Commander is a choose-your-own-adventure series that takes members of the clan on absurd, hilarious adventures through time, space and unpredictable hunts.

Read our interview with John Luke below to see what it was like to write a series as a teenager, where he'd go if he had his own time machine and why he chose to use his family members as his protagonits!

Interview: Sandra Dallas, author of Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky

Sep 24, 2014

When author Sandra Dallas was younger, she loved the Nancy Drew series because the young detective was smart and independent --- she didn’t depend on a boy to rescue her. Tomi, the 12-year-old protagonist of Sandra’s latest book RED BERRIES, WHITE CLOUDS, BLUE SKY, is the same way. Even though she’s undergoing a truly traumatic situation --- she was moved to an internment camp during World War II because she’s Japanese-American --- Tomi retains her optimism and does everything she can to make things more tolerable for her family.  Read our interview with Sandra below to learn more about Tomi, Sandra’s favorite scene in RED BERRIES, WHITE CLOUDS, BLUE SKY and her advice for aspiring writers.

Interview: Joel N. Clark, author of Jack Staples and the Ring of Time

Aug 26, 2014

What would you do if you suddenly learned that almost the entire population was born with scales over their eyes, preventing them from seeing the world as it really is? And not only are you one of the few scaleless, but you and your best friend are also destined to both save the world and destroy it...whatever that means!

That's exactly what 11-year-old Jack Staples has to figure out In JACK STAPLES AND THE RING OF TIME, the first book in the Jack Staples series by Joel N. Clark and Mark Batterson. Below, Joel tells Kidsreads about the inspiration for the series, what to expect in the later books and what time period he'd visit if he could travel through time and space!


Interview: Liz Pichon, author of Tom Gates: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Aug 11, 2014

Tom Gates loves to write and doodle, and his school notebook is evidence --- along with class notes you'll find him brainstorming band names, drawing not-so-nice pictures of his moody older sister and dreamily sketching his favorite dessert: caramel wafers.

As it turns out, Tom's creator, Liz Pichon, loves art just as much --- not only did she hand-write the font for THE BRILLIANT WORLD OF TOM GATES and make every picture, but she even draws and paints on her own clothes! 

Read our interview with Liz --- which we conducted in-person at the BookExpo America conference at the end of May --- to learn more about Tom, her writing and drawing and process, and her truly "brilliant" fashion choices. 

Interview: Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon

Mar 31, 2014

Plenty of technology has been invented since the first Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book was written in the 1960s, from the internet to cell phones to iPads. But, as Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: Over the Moon, says, “the idea of a car that can fly is still really magical,” even decades later! That’s why we were so excited to interview Frank about the latest story starring the flying car with its own personality. Read on to learn about Frank’s favorite feature of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, how writing books is different from writing movies, and what it was like to meet a man who helped build the car that inspired the first book!