Category: Author Interviews

Chigger, a novel by Raymond Bial

Interview with Raymond Bial, Author of Chigger

Chigger is a sweet, poignant novel novel set in a quiet little town in southern Indiana. It’s the late 1950s, and the other kids in the fifth-grade at Rutherford B. Hayes Grade School don’t know what to make of the scrappy newcomer. Dirt poor, always hungry, the girl also has “quite a mouth on her,” and so annoys several of the boys that she quickly acquires the nickname of Chigger. These buggy backyard pests, chiggers, cause a lot of itching and scratching, and the new girl does gets under the skin of these boys. [Click on cover image above to read the full interview …]

Sweet Home Alaska cover art by Erika Steiskal

Interview with Carole Estby Dagg, Author of Sweet Home Alaska

Carole Estby Dagg’s website tag is “Writing About History as Ordinary People Lived It.” After reading her middle-grade historical novel Sweet Home Alaska, I had many questions about how this fascinating subject and these characters came into her writing life. Here, Carole discusses her approach to writing this entertaining book about a little-known episode in Alaskan history.

Bjorn's Gift, cover

Interview with Sandy Brehl, Author of Bjorn’s Gift

I recently interviewed Sandy Brehl, author of Bjorn’s Gift, a sequel to Odin’s Promise, winner of the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Children’s Fiction. Both books are set in Ytre Arna, Norway, during the German occupation of World War II. Sandy tells of her writing journey and how she became interested in telling the stories of wartime Norway through these middle-grade novels. [Click on book cover above to read the full interview …]

Cold War on Maplewood Street, by Gayle Rosengren

Interview with Gayle Rosengren – Author of Cold War on Maplewood Street

Middle-grade author Gayle Rosengren discusses the concept for her recent novel, Cold War on Maplewood Street, and why she wrote this story for young readers, set in the early 1960s during the Cuban Missile Crisis, that explores the effects of fear and the overriding value of communication. [Click on cover image above to read the full interview …]