Interview with Caren Stelson

sachiko

In the back matter, you tell us how you first learned Sachiko’s story and how you traveled to Japan multiple times to meet with her. Will you please tell us more about these meetings? Where did you meet? What was it like talking through a translator? What did you talk about? What did you do when you and Sachiko weren’t …

Interview with Melissa Sweet

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What is your favorite thing you learned while researching the book? There were so many favorite things. One is that White, by his own account, was not a great reader. Not that he didn’t read, or have a library in his home, he just preferred being outside and doing a myriad of things from shearing sheep to sailing. That made …

Interview with Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

GiantSquid

What is your favorite thing you learned while researching the book? As we began to investigate the myths, stories and science of the giant squid we discovered that there are lots of myths and stories but that the science is hard to come by. Despite there being hundreds of thousands of giant squid in the world’s oceans, they are secretive …

Interview with Adam Gidwitz and Aaron Blank

InquisitorsTale

Editor’s note: Aaron Blank is the producer for The Inquisitor’s Tale audiobook. You can listen to a sample of the book here.  This audiobook is a wonderful example of using more than one narrator. When assessing books such as The Inquisitor’s Tale, how do you decide to use multiple narrator or a single performer?  Aaron: Adam made identifying the characters pretty …

Interview with Laura Shovan

LastFifthGradeEmerson

What were you doing when you heard you had won the CYBILS Award for Poetry? I was working on a big revision for my next middle grade novel. One of the judges Tweeted about the award. It was the best Valentine’s Day gift ever. Better than chocolate! This is a LOT of characters to invent and develop. What is your …

Interview with Joshua Khan

ShadowMagic

Lily is a strong heroine, both determined and intelligent, yet in Shadow Magic both the political power she ostensibly has, and the magical power that’s forbidden to women which she’s beginning to realize she has lots of, are not yet fully hers to wield.  I assume that as the series progress, she will gain more actual power….Was it hard to hold Lily in …

Interview with JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

SidewalkFlowers

 First off, congrats! We adored Sidewalk Flowers. Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for the book?  JL: Thank you so much! It was a thrill to find out that Sidewalk Flowers got the Cybils Fiction Picture Book Award! The idea for the book came from a walk I was taking with my …

Interview with Kevin Sands

TheBlackthornKey

First off, congrats! We really loved The Blackthorn Key. Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea?Thank you! I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Cybils. The idea for The Blackthorn Key actually came during one of those times where I was specifically trying to think up new ideas (which almost never works). It …

Interview with Victoria Jamieson

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First off, congrats! We adored Roller Girl. Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for the book?Thank you, and thank you for the honor of a Cybils award! I am so thrilled and humbled by the support. Roller Girl was born out of my love of roller derby. If you know anyone who plays the …

Interview with Tamara Ireland Stone

Every-Last-Word

First off, congrats! We adored Every Last Word. Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for the book?Thank you so much! What an honor to have been nominated in the YA fiction category this year—and in such impressive company. I’m incredibly grateful to the Cybils judges for reading and supporting Every Last Word. …