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Archive for the 'Hostile Questions' Category

Mon, August 26th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Robin Wasserman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Robin Wasserman is neither a “robin” nor a “wasser” nor a “man.” Discuss. Just who do you think you are? From all appearances, the person least likely to write a book with so much axe/chainsaw/Molotov cocktail/blowtorch-killing in it. (Unless you ask my third grade teacher, who was the repository of so many death stares from […]


Mon, July 29th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Sean Beaudoin
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Sean Beaudoin is one crafty son-of-a-goat. He comes at you like “Hi, my name is Sean,” but it’s spelled S-e-a-n, which we all know should be pronounced Seeeeen, and then he’s all like, “My last name is Bwadowuhoin,” and it’s all like French or something, and you’re confused–is he like a voodoo priest or just […]


Mon, July 15th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Kami Garcia
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Perhaps you don’t live in one of the 50 countries where the books were published, or perhaps you don’t speak one of the 39 languages in which they were translated, so Imma gonna help you out: Kami Garcia is one half of the writing team that brought you the world-devouring Beautiful Creatures series. Apparently unfazed […]


Mon, June 24th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Caitlin Kittredge
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The information superhighway would have us believe that Caitlin Kittredge has published 16 fantasy novels since 2008, including the recent Iron Codex series, which puts the “steam” in “steampunk.” (Boom! Book Reviewing Award, please.) But I’m sorry, 16 novels in five years? That dog don’t hunt. So I launched the latest in my series of […]


Mon, June 3rd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Barry Lyga
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Barry Lyga has you hoodwinked, America! He lulled you into thinking he was pretty stand-up guy, what with The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Boy Toy, and the Archvillain series. Heck, you were half-ready to invite him over for drinks and Twister. But don’t click “send” on that Evite! Hear me out! It […]


Mon, April 22nd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Michael Grant
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Michael Grant‘s bestselling reign over kid lit stretches from the seminal Animorphs series to the bold new BZRK series. But it was another one of his series that changed the very face of a YA, a series that looked at the literary landscape and said “I am here. I am now. I am forever.” The […]


Mon, April 8th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Bob Staake
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I could really respect a man called “Bob Stake.” It’s a surname that conjures up the manliest of pursuits: eating a steak, staking a vampire, that sort of stuff. But you throw an extra “a” in there? Then you end up with Bob Staake, some dude who draws pictures. (He probably doesn’t even like steak.) […]


Mon, April 1st, 2013
Hostile Questions: Sara Zarr
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Little-known fact: Before Sara Zarr became the beloved National Book Award-finalist author of Story of a Girl, How to Save a Life, and The Lucy Variations, she was a pirate known only as “Sarazar,” and the southeastern seaboard was interminably terrorized by her jolly band of peg-legged buccaneers. Even during her dastardly life of crime, […]


Mon, March 25th, 2013
Hostile Questions: John Green
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It’s a red-letter day: Hostile Questions’ 1st birthday and our 50th interview. And if there’s a man begging to be brought up charges of Un-Author-like Conduct over past year, it’s none other than John Green. John Green. John Green. (I keep repeating his name cuz that’s what you’re supposed to do with John Green, right? […]


Mon, March 18th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Megan Abbott
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We had no beef with Megan Abbott back when she was plugging away at hard-nosed noir (Bury Me Deep) or sensuous coming-of-age-ness (The End of Everything). But then she had to go suck all the oxygen out of the publishing universe with Dare Me, an official Big Book that found Shakespearean drama in the world […]





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