Kieran Scott has written several novels. And she has written many books that you may not know about. She uses the penname Kate Brian to write the Private series, Privilege series, and more. She also uses Emma Harrison where she has written a few novels as well, including SNOW QUEEN. Her new book, SHE'S SO DEAD TO US is based on a place she lived in. A place where one side of town is wealthy and one side is poor, but all of the kids go to the same school. She wondered how they would interact, and she drew on a time in her life where her family was not as well off to get it right.
When she writes as Kieran Scott, it's all her. But the Kate Brian books are more of a collaborative effort as four books come out each year. She has less say in the events. Which, as an aspiring writer, would drive me nuts. I'm curious, though, to compare Kate books to Kieran books to see how different they are. I thought her new book, SHE'S SO DEAD TO US, sounded good, and I almost bought it. Glad I didn't... because each author drew a number to give a book away, and she pulled number 6... my number!!!
And in exciting news, ABC Family is looking at making either a made-for-TV movie or television show based on MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE McGOWAN BOYS. She said she's excited to see who they cast as the boys.
Jenny Han's family is from Korea. She said that growing up she was always very interested in her friend's parents and learning about growing up in America in the 60's. She got her master's in writing for children. She started SHUG about a twelve-year-old girl while still in school, and was on the road to getting it published before graduation. Her second novel was pretty dark, and it was recommended that it not be her second novel, so she went with THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, the first in a trilogy.
Her new novel, IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU, was recently released. And according to Jenny, the third novel will jump time and start with the main character, Belly, at age 20, which seems to follow a new theme in YA fiction... main characters in their 20's to draw in a slightly older crowd of readers. She has a new series coming out for younger kids. The first one is called CLARA LEE AND THE APPLE PIE DREAM