BTW Articles

16 Dec

An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Katy Butler

Katy Butler was inspired to write her debut title, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, after seeing her father suffer through a medically prolonged death, and then seeing her mother defy her doctors, refuse open heart surgery, and face death head-on.

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16 Dec

An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Cristin Terrill

Cristin Terrill, author of the debut YA novel All Our Yesterdays, believes that it is important for everyone to be able to see themselves and their experiences reflected back at them through art and entertainment, “and that probably goes double for teenagers,” she said.

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28 Jan

An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Helen Peppe

Helen Peppe is the author of Pigs Can’t Swim, a memoir of childhood by the youngest of nine children in a hardscrabble, beyond-eccentric Maine family. Her debut title has been praised for being outrageous, hilarious, and touching.

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24 Oct

Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman is the author of Sky Jumpers (Random House Books for Young Readers), a post-apocalyptic adventure for Middle Grade readers, which was selected by a panel of children’s booksellers as one of the outstanding debuts of the fall 2013 season. Here, Eddleman talks about the inspiration for her debut novel, the importance of books to her childhood, and more.

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05 Nov

Fall 2013 Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With P.S. Duffy

P.S. Duffy reveals what inspired her to set her debut novel, The Cartographer of No Man's Land, during WWI and the Battle of Vimy Ridge; what she hopes readers will take away from the journeys and internal struggles of Angus MacGrath and his family; and more.

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08 Jan

An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Bryce Andrews

In his debut title, the memoir Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West, Bryce Andrews recounts his experience of living and working on a cattle ranch in remote, windswept southwest Montana, where there’s a fragile balance between the tame and the wild.


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16 Jan

An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With James Scott

James Scott is the author of The Kept, a debut novel about family and retribution, which he hopes will leave readers with a deeper understanding of the characters and empathy for the things they’ve done and had to do.

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11 Dec

Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson is the author of the autobiographical novel The Residue Years, about coming of age in a black family in Portland, Oregon, in the ’90s and dealing with issues of poverty, drugs, and race.

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11 Dec

Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Tone Almhjell

Tone Almhjell’s debut novel for middle-graders is The Twistrose Key. Here, she talks about being inspired by her Norwegian homeland, favorite authors, and more.

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04 Dec

Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Tracy Guzeman

Tracy Guzeman talks about the inspiration for her debut  novel, The Gravity of Birds, spine poetry, and more.

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