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New Voices: Nicole Kronzer & Suzanne Park on How Improv & Stand-Up Comedy Influenced Their YA Debuts

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

And now, let’s welcome Nicole Kronzer and Suzanne Park to our stage Cynsations! These YA debut authors do have a background on the stage. Nicole is a former actor and improvisor, and Suzanne was a stand-up comedian.

Both share the influence these former pursuits have had on their work as writers.

Nicole Kronzer

Please describe your pre-publication craft apprenticeship.

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Author & Illustrator Interview: Nelly Buchet & Andrea Zuill on Cat Dog Dog

Nelly Buchet and Andrea Zuill are the author and illustrator, respectively, of Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family (Schwartz & Wade, 2020). Both are represented by Hen&ink Literary Studio.

Nelly is an actor and a debut author. Bonnier will publish her Can’t Do board book series in 2021.

Andrea is the illustrator of Cat Cat Dog and the author-illustrator of Sweety (Schwartz &

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In Memory: Gail Shepherd

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Gail Shepherd, award-winning journalist, poet, and author of middle grade novel The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins (Kathy Dawson, 2019) died of complications from a brain tumor on Feb. 24 in Lake Worth, Florida. She was 62.

Obituary: Gail Shepherd from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Shepherd’s editor, Kathy Dawson, shared this remembrance: ‘Gail was always learning, always fighting the good fight,

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New Voices: Joseph Elliott & Kate O’Shaughnessy on Writing the Books They Wanted to Read

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Today we welcome middle grade debut authors Joseph Elliott and Kate O’Shaughnessy as they talk about their inspirations as well as writing the book they needed and wanted to read.

Joseph Elliott

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

When I started writing, I wasn’t necessarily doing it with young readers in mind,

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Illustrator Interview: Ellen Beier on a New Beginning for an Acclaimed Picture Book

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Back in 2011, Cynsations shared Ellen Beier‘s research and illustration process working on a historical picture book manuscript. Since then, the book’s journey has taken a few interesting twists and turns.

Readers fascinated by Lindsey Lane‘s Cynsations series on Books Going Out of Print may be especially intrigued by this new stage of the book’s journey.

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Cynsational News

By Cynthia Leitich SmithGayleen RabukukkStephani Eaton, and Gail Vannelli for Cynsations

Author/Illustrator Insights

Artist Kadir Nelson’s Evocative Response to the Crisis by Gabriel Falcon from CBS News. Peek: “I would challenge everyone…to fill their days with creating something that’s going to help themselves get to the next moment, to the next hour, to the next day…so that by the end of this experience,

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Guest Post: Author P.J. Hoover on Adapting Mythology for Today’s Young Readers

 

By P.J. Hoover

Hello, and a huge shout out to my mythology fans out there! I’ve loved mythology for ages, so when I started spinning stories of my own, there was only one path to take. Of course I was going to create stories with mythology.

My newest book, Homer’s Excellent Adventure (CBAY, 2020), just came out, and if you can’t tell from the title,

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Guest Post: Crisis Playbook from the Team at Raven Quill Literary Agency

By Jacqui Lipton and the RQLA Team

The pandemic has hit us all in different ways, but one comment that’s been made a lot lately is how nothing much should change for authors because so much of what we do is solitary.

Sure, there are questions about how the pandemic will affect the publishing industry generally, economically and creatively. What kinds of books will be bought in the next year or so?

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New Voices: Isabel Ibañez & Phil Stamper on The Journey to Publication

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I am delighted to introduce two YA debut authors to our Cynsations readers today.

Isabel Ibañez is the author of Woven in Moonlight (Page Street Kids, 2020), a fantasy drawn from Bolivian politics. Phil Stamper is the author of The Gravity of Us (Bloomsbury YA, 2020), a contemporary queer romance inspired by the lives of NASA families.

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