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Recent interviews for SCBWI's Kite Tales publication

Successful authors, illustrators, agents, and editors share their wisdom

March 18, 2020

Author-illustrator Victoria Ying talks about what it was like imagining and drawing Wonder Woman as an eleven-year-old girl and about creating middle-grade graphic comics

March 13, 2020

HarperCollins Senior Editor Maria Barbo with advice about character motivation, high-concept books, and a writer’s path to publication

March 11, 2020

Best-selling middle-grade author Ridley Pearson talks about Super Sons, his new graphic-novel series, and gives helpful writing tips

November 20, 2019

Middle-grade author M.G. Hennessey explains how her experience with the Los Angeles foster-care system helped her write her latest novel, The Echo Park Castaways

July 19, 2019

New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty talks about his long road to success but then skyrocketing to the tops of the charts with his middle-grade Serafina series

May 29, 2019

Author and literary agent Seth Fishman shares hints about writing nonfiction picture books in today’s marketplace

March 15, 2019

Author Michelle Markel gives writers hints and talks about how authors can fit into the changing children’s book industry

February 27, 2019

Frances Gilbert, Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday Books for Young Readers, shares insight regarding why manuscripts are rejected

October 1, 2018

Garret Weyr on her new middle-grade novel, The Language of Spells, and her previous picture book and YA publications.

June 15, 2018

Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat discuss their paths to publication and their new one-word picture book, Dude!

December 8, 2017

Renowned illustrator Emma Chichester Clark talks about her illustrated middle-grade chapter book, Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

December 6, 2017

Master storyteller, author Michael Morpurgo shares his insight on creating his version of a classic in the illustrated middle-grade chapter book, Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

July 7, 2017

Award-winning author-illustrator Marla Frazee lets us know how her picture book Boss Baby made it to the big screen (starring Alec Baldwin)

December 26, 2016

In celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, this interview with his daughter Lucy Dahl reminds us why Roald Dahl’s stories still resonate with children today

September 28, 2016

Booki Vivat, author and illustrator of middle-grade illustrated novel, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom, gives us insight into her creation process


July 13, 2016

Carl Angel, illustrator of magic realism picture book The Girl Who Saved Yesterday, shares how he created the images to accompany this lyrical book written by Julius Lester

June 22, 2016

Best-selling author Shannon Hale talks about her popular chapter-book series The Princess in Black

February 12, 2016

Newbery-Honor book recipient, Victoria Jamieson, the roller-derby skating mom is also the author and illustrator of highly acclaimed middle-grade graphic novel Roller Girl

February 5, 2016

Let’s color outside the lines with best-selling picture book author, Drew Daywalt, as he talks about The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home

January 22, 2016

Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs is the author of the historical fiction picture Thérèse Makes a Tapesty, a book that accompanies the current exhibit at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

January 20, 2016

Award-winning illustrator, Renee Graef, discusses how she created the historical images for her new picture book Thérèse Makes a Tapesty

January 13, 2016

Brenda Drake, successful romance author and founder of Pitch Wars, shares her insight into the publication proces