Author Interview: Tashie Bhuiyan

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I got to interview Tashie Bhuiyan, AMM R6 alum and author of 2021 YA debut COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU! Tashie is bright, fun, and inspiring. I know you’ll enjoy reading her talk about her life as a student AND an author, her favorite rom coms, and the journey that led to her getting her agent.

Hi Tashie! Can you tell me about the book that got you your agent? 

TB: Of course! So the book that got me my agent is Counting Down With You (which you can add on Goodreads now!!! and it’s a YA contemporary coming-of-age novel with a side of romance! It has fake dating, a forced tutoring situation, a ridiculous group chat, and the most supportive grandma. It discusses themes of independence, family and first love as my main character struggles between doing what she wants to do and what her parents want her to do. 

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Author Interview: Zoulfa Katouh

This week, I was lucky enough to interview an extraordinary friend of mine, Zoulfa Katouh! She recently signed with Alexandra Levick of Writer’s House for her novel AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW!

Zoulfa is hilarious and thought-provoking, and you should definitely read below to learn about how her identity and history influenced her novel, the importance of finding a support group while writing, and her time as an AMM mentee.

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Author Interview: Ashley Schumacher

Hi everyone!

Today I’ve interviewed my friend and upcoming debut author, Ashley Schumacher! Her YA Contemporary, AMELIA UNABRIDGED, will be published by Wednesday Books in winter 2021, and I cannot WAIT!

Read on to see Ashley’s thoughts on querying, little moments of magic in life, and what it would be like if dogs were at Hogwarts.

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Author Interview: Allison Saft

Today’s author interview is with a dear friend of mine, and author of a book I devoured in less than a day. It’s the 2021 debut DOWN COMES THE NIGHT, a YA Gothic fantasy with healers, kisses, an innovative magic system, and a snowy inn with only one bed available to our heroes…

Please welcome Allison Saft to the blog! Read on to learn about her query journey, what inspires her, and her answer to the question “Is YA Fantasy dead?”

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Author Interview: Shelby Mahurin

I was SUPER lucky to have interviewed Shelby Mahurin, author of upcoming YA Fantasy (and the 2019 book I’m MOST excited about!) SERPENT & DOVE, out September 3, 2019! If you’d like to learn about her publishing journey, advice for querying authors, and the importance of taking time to celebrate your victories, check out the interview below!

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Author Interview: Lyndall Clipstone

Thanks to the magic of the internet, I had a digital chat with my CP and dear friend, Lyndall Clipstone, all the way in Australia! Lyndall is a great author and has lots of wisdom to impart.

Lyndall Clipstone writes YA Gothic about kisses and curses. She loves: Reylo, making book aesthetics, jasmine tea, and trying to keep her indoor plants alive. She thinks Sarah should have stayed in the Labyrinth with the Goblin King, and the Beast should never have turned back into a prince. She is repped by the wonderful Jill Grinberg from JGLM.


In ten words (and unlimited emojis), tell us about your novel, AT THE LAKE’S EDGE!

Jane Eyre with prettily described body horror.

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Author Interview: Laura E. Weymouth

I got the opportunity to interview author Laura Weymouth about her querying and writing experience. Some info about Laura:

Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens.

Laura’s debut novel, The Light Between Worlds, was published to critical acclaim in 2018, and her sophomore novel, A Treason of Thorns, will publish on September 10th, 2019.

Hi Laura! I read that you queried another book before you queried THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS. Can you tell me what querying that first project was like?

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Author Interview: Betsey Grace Groover

Betsey Grace Groover is a writer of bold contemporary women’s fiction who loves life, travel, new places and new faces, and is rep’d by Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.


Hi Betsey! In ten words (and unlimited emojis) can you tell us about the book that got you your agent?

BGC: In the air, Flight Club is for lovers not fighters.



How did you celebrate when you got THE CALL?

BGC: You’d think I did something really festive and fun, but honestly I just sort of gloated to myself all day. Enjoyed the milestone. And of course shared the joy with my writer friends (aka llama squad). I’m a little superstitious when it comes to celebrating too soon–like, I want to have the book deal before I go all out. 😉

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