We are delighted to have Lois Sepahban, author of Paper Wishes, stop by to answer some of our questions. (See our craft review here.) Below you’ll find Lois’s thoughtful responses, which give insight into her writing process and research process, as well as the story itself. Lois hails from Minnesota and has written non-fiction for children. […]

We had the pleasure of having Kate Hannigan, author of The Detective’s Assistant, join our group by Skype from Chicago for our April in-person middle grade discussion. We got to ask all our pressing questions about her writing process and incorporating research–and even how she keeps all her research organized! She graciously agreed to share […]

After years ghost writing and writing the Animorphs series, Katherine Applegate set out to write what she called a “real novel”–what turned out to be Home of the Brave. We were lucky enough to have Katherine visit our group in person to share her wisdom and insight and stories. We’ve collected some highlights from the […]

interview by Kristi Wright KidLit Craft is pleased to welcome Marilyn Hilton to the blog! San Francisco Bay Area-based author Marilyn Hilton writes lyrical middle grade novels in both prose and verse. As I read novel-in-verse, Full Cicada Moon, I was struck by how beautiful storytelling can be when an author use poetic techniques. And Marilyn’s […]

MG Lunch Break was lucky enough to have Bridget Hodder, author of The Rat Prince, attend one of our in-person gatherings on Skype. Group member Jill Diamond interviewed Bridget with questions solicited from group members. When introducing Bridget, Jill said, “She’s not only a brilliant author, she’s also a great friend and a good supporter […]

We’re pleased to have debut author Jill Diamond join us for the New Year. Her delightful middle grade novel Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery came out in October, and it found its way onto two of our reading lists (here and here). Jill is a regular Lunch Breaker, and she’s just as […]

JoAnne Stewart Wetzel’s debut middle grade novel Playing Juliet came out last fall from Sky Pony Press. JoAnne’s main character, twelve-and-a-half-year-old Beth Sondquist, is heartbroken when her beloved children’s theater is slated to be closed. Beth dreams of playing Juliet, and she could have her chance–the director has decided to stage Romeo and Juliet as […]