New Voices: Katia Raina & Sofiya Pasternack on the Challenges of Using Personal or Family History in Your Novel

By Robin Galbraith

I had the pleasure of interviewing Katia Raina and Sofiya Pasternack, two authors who each have a 2019 debut novel that takes place in Russia and deals with anti-Semitism. Although Katia wrote a realistic young adult novel and Sofiya wrote a middle grade fantasy, these two debut authors each chose this very specific setting because of their own personal or family history.

Their discussion on how they were each drawn to such a specific setting,

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New Voices: YA Authors Tiana Smith & Addie Thorley on Inspiration, Marketing, Publication & the Writing Life

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Meet YA authors Tiana Smith and Addie Thorley as they discuss their novels, inspiration, and advice for writers. Cynsations is excited to celebrate their debuts!

Tiana Smith 

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

I’ve always loved telling stories. I mean, I’m not saying I got into trouble a lot as a child for telling lies,

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