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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 […]


Mon, March 11th, 2013
Hostile Questions: John Barnes
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

John Barnes has published over 30 books. So I guess he thinks he’s a real smart guy? Let’s dig a little deeper into these so-called “books” of his. Hmm. Two collaborations with Buzz Aldrin. Well, I guess that’s not nothing. A 2010 Printz Honor for Tales of the Madman Underground. Fine, fine. I admit that […]


Mon, March 4th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Christopher Paolini
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Christopher Paolini may think he’s king of his kingdom, what with the millions of copies of Inheritance Cycle books sold and being a global publishing phenomenon and whatnot, but I am not the meager serf that I seem. Yea, I hast memorized every one of the gazillion words Sir Paolini has written, all in preparation […]


Mon, February 25th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Zoe Archer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Zoe Archer knows how to mix it up. This ain’t plain old la-la romance she’s writing. We’re talking paranormal historical romance (Hellraisers series). We’re talking steampunk adventure romance (Esther Chronicles). We’re talking magical Victorian romance (Blades of the Rose series). We’re talking spaceship science-fiction romance (Collision Course). In fact, I’m betting you could put any […]


Tue, February 19th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Sarah Dessen
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Let me just throw a few Sarah Dessen titles at your face. That Summer. Someone Like You.  Dreamland. What Happened to Goodbye. Did that hurt? Not enough? Well, she’s got a bunch more, so you might as well relent and read a few. Refuse and face the wrath of her army of devoted fans–seriously, they’ll […]


Mon, February 11th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Megan Hart
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’m sure it’s oft been noted that Megan Hart has the perfect name for a writer of romance. “Hart,” as we know, brings to mind “heart,” that emblem of love and passion. And “Megan,” as we know, is an ancient Norse word meaning “Writer of a Whole Bunch of Books Sporting Covers of Men and […]





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