5 Bestsellers That Started Out As NaNoWriMo Projects

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
So that your motivation doesn’t flag as we’re approaching mid-November, here's a reminder of five books written during NaNoWriMo that went on to become national bestsellers.

Revisiting The Twilight Phenomenon

Column by Peter Derk October 2, 2019
What was it? Why was it? How was it?

Marie Lu on Returning to The World of The Legend Trilogy

Column by Karis Rogerson
Young Adult author Marie Lu's next novel is a return to the world of her debut series. We spoke with her about coming back to the world she created, all these years later.

Why I Love YA Rom Coms

Column by Christoph Paul
Whether it's on the page or on Netflix, I love a good YA rom com.

Book vs. Film: "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"

Column by Karis Rogerson
The adaptation is not a perfect match to the book. It's a new creation, a sister, and perfect in its own way.

Books About Mental Illness are Important, Especially if You Have One

Column by Karis Rogerson
One mentally ill writer and reader on why books that mirror her experiences are so important.

Happy Birthday To The Evil Genius Behind 'Sweet Valley High'

Column by Meredith Borders May 14, 2018
Francine Pascal turns 80 today. Let's take a look at some of the more insane stuff she pulled with SVH.

Zoraida Cordova Writes Fantasy She Can See Herself In

Column by Karis Rogerson
A feature on YA and romance author Zoraida Cordova, who believes in letting teens see themselves in fiction.

What It's Like to Be Young and Writing for Young Adults

Column by Karis Rogerson
Three YA authors who achieved success in the field at a young age share what that's like.

In Defense of YA Twitter

Column by Karis Rogerson
A look at the positive side of YA Twitter.

How to Reconcile the Writing Life and Faith

Column by Karis Rogerson
Thanks to interviews with Young Adult authors Lauren Miller and Mitali Perkins, I learned that it is possible to be both a writer and a Christian.

John Green Is the Reason I Write Contemporary YA

Column by Karis Rogerson
One aspiring author gives credit to John Green for inspiring her to write the genre she loves.

Queer Stereotypes Aren't Just Bad Writing—It Goes Deeper, Says 'Writing The Rainbow' Instructor Nita Tyndall

Column by Nita Tyndall
Nita Tyndall talks a bit about her upcoming LitReactor class 'Writing the Rainbow', a two-week workshop on how to render honest gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters in your fiction.

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Column by Richard Thomas
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.

Why Would An Adult Read Books For Teenagers?

Column by Karis Rogerson
Why would an adult read fiction for teenagers? Because it possesses those fleeting qualities that are so hard to find elsewhere.
Bookshots: 'And We're Off' by Dana Schwartz

Bookshots: 'And We're Off' by Dana Schwartz

Review by Christoph Paul June 7, 2017
A review of Dana Schwartz's debut YA novel.
Bookshots: 'Coin Heist' by Elisa Ludwig

Bookshots: 'Coin Heist' by Elisa Ludwig

Review by Bart Bishop
A review of Elisa Ludwig's young adult novel 'Coin Heist.'

Post-Mortem: Can 80s YA Horror Stand the Test of Time?

Column by Leah Rhyne October 20, 2016
Can the 1980s YA horror novels that helped shape one girl's writing career stand the test of time?
Tom McCarthy to Direct Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’

Tom McCarthy to Direct Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’

News by Riki Cleveland
Fresh off a Best Picture win for his Oscar-winning film Spotlight, McCarthy will also executive produce the 13-episode series.
Tom DeLonge Writing 15 YA Books

Tom DeLonge Writing 15 YA Books

News by Peter Derk
Blink-182's Tom DeLonge is writing 15 YA books. 15. 15.

Teens in Tinseltown: Six Hollywood YA Novels

Column by Riki Cleveland
America’s fascination with all things Hollywood knows no bounds, and luckily there are many young adult novels depicting the high profile lives of the stars to keep readers satisfied.
Bookshots: 'A Girl Undone' by Catherine Linka

Bookshots: 'A Girl Undone' by Catherine Linka

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
Forced on the run after a deadly government attack, Avie must find a way to escape her dangerous arranged marriage and shut the Paternalists down for good.
Bookshots: 'The Shark Curtain' by Chris Scofield

Bookshots: 'The Shark Curtain' by Chris Scofield

Review by Leah Dearborn
Hallucinations of Jesus, 1960s television, and a lot of dogs — 'The Shark Curtain' is a strange and original young adult debut.
Bookshots: 'The Fire Sermon' by Francesca Haig

Bookshots: 'The Fire Sermon' by Francesca Haig

Review by Stephanie Bonjack March 9, 2015
Book one of a dystopian trilogy set 400 years after a massive nuclear war. There's danger, characters on the run, and young love.