Podcast Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith about Tantalize

A Podcast Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Liviania Smith from In Bed with Books II at Internet Voices Radio. See the Aug. 3 interview. Note: it’s a substantial podcast, about 40 minutes long, and, if you’re so inclined you also can listen in on some of our post-question-and-answer chatter.

I had a great deal of fun doing this interview. The focus is Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) and the upcoming books and short stories to follow it. I also talk about diving into the YA Gothic fantasy market, the writing life, my geekiness, my respect for romance writers, pre-writing, my early mentors, courage, stretching my “brand,” blogging, and my treaty with ducks.

Peek: “I do not recommend that people quit their day jobs until they have things like contracts and agents.”

Note: the early, scary debt I refer to in the interview was made up of student loans from law school.

“Liviania Smith is a nineteen-year-old college honors student and blogger. You can find her book reviews at” Liviania is also funny, charming, and very, very smart.

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Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008): a recommendation by Reading Junky. Peek: “Readers who become hooked on Tantalize will be happy to learn that a second book is underway–Eternal [Candlewick, March 2008]. It can’t show up in bookstores soon enough.”

Reminder: Tantalize is now available not only in hardcover, but also newly in paperback from Candlewick Press and on audio from Listening Library. An excerpt of Eternal (Candlewick, March 2009) is in the back of the paperback edition. Check out the readers’ guide and background bibliographies.