New Voice: Christian McKay Heidicker on Cure for the Common Universe

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Christian McKay Heidicker is the first-time author of Cure for the Common Universe (Simon & Schuster, 2016). From the promotional copy:

Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab…ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

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New Voice: Danica Davidson on Attack on the Overworld

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Danica Davidson, welcome back to Cynsations and congratulations on the release of Attack on the Overworld
(Skyhorse, 2015)! 

What inspired you to choose the particular point of view–first, second, third, omniscient (or some alternating combination) featured in your novel?

Usually I don’t decide what point-of-view I want to use, because the story comes to me with the point of view already intact,

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New Voice: Danica Davidson on Escape from the Overworld

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Danica Davidson is the first-time author of
Escape from the Overworld (Skyhorse, 2015). From the promotional copy:

Eleven-year-old Stevie, who comes from a long line of Steves, doesn’t feel as if he fits in the Minecraft world. His father is great at building and fighting off zombies, but Stevie struggles in these areas. 

One day,

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