Author Interview: Chaz Hayden on Wheelchair Horror Stories, Being Brave & Writing What You Know

By Rebecca Kirshenbaum

Today I’m talking with Chaz Hayden, the author of The First Thing About You (Candlewick, 2022). Chaz’s debut young adult novel is a deeply personal novel about a high school student, Harris, who just wants to fit in, find love, and be a “normal” teenager despite having spinal muscular atrophy and being confined to a wheelchair.

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Career Achievers: Rachel Caine on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing YA Author

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Rachel Caine is a successful YA and adult author with a long, distinguished career.

In children’s-YA writing, maintaining an active publishing career is arguably an even bigger challenge than breaking into the field.

Reflecting on your personal journey (creatively, career-wise, and your writer’s heart),

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