Bookish’s Best Author Interviews of 2017

Bookish’s Best Author Interviews of 2017


Here at Bookish, getting to interview authors is one of the best parts of what we do. These interviews give us (and you!) a behind-the-scenes look at our favorite thing: books! We’ve been fortunate to interview so many of our favorite authors this year, and each of them has provided us with priceless anecdotes and nuggets of wisdom. As our gift to you, we’ve rounded up ten fan-favorite interviews for you to enjoy all over again.

Anoshe: V.E. Schwab Bids Goodbye to the Shades of Magic Series

“Being faced with mortality and its preventability at a young age created a theme in my work that the onus is on you to keep what you love safe. The fragility of life and death, the fear of losing things close to you, and that hypervigilance are there in all of my characters.”

V.E. Schwab shared her thoughts on the ending of her Shade of Magic series and how her relationship with her father inspires her writing.

Christina Lauren on Empowered Heroines and Fighting Everyday Sexism

“We want our women to own their sexuality and not be ashamed of it.”

This year we caught up with Christina Lauren at BookCon to talk about their new novel, heroines that showcase various forms of strength, and workplace sexism.

Julie C. Dao: Women I Write Should Never, Ever Be Underestimated

“But there are so many types of power people are often too happy to overlook: the power of knowing your truth, of being confident in yourself, of protecting the people you love and the beliefs you value, of charging toward your destiny no matter what cost.”

Julie C. Dao told us about the many ways in which her female characters are powerful.

Leigh Bardugo on Wonder Woman: “I Just Want to See Her Smash the Patriarchy”

“Feminism doesn’t belong to one kind of person and adventure doesn’t belong to one kind of person. Magic, superpowers, all of those stories don’t belong to one kind of person.”

One of our summer highlights was chatting with Leigh Bardugo about Wonder Woman (though a close second is our fall interview with her about fairy tale tropes).

Daniel Handler on Romance, Sexuality, and Getting Over Quotation Marks

“I like to be surprised when I’m reading a book, so when I’m writing a book, I think about what would be surprising.”

Daniel Handler gave us the scoop on his evolving style and his newest novel.

Jennifer Mathieu on Feminism, Moxie, and Fighting Back

“I have zero interest supporting white feminism or a feminist movement that erases and ignores voices of women of color, queer women, trans women, women with disabilities, and other women from marginalized groups.”

Reading Jennifer Mathieu’s interview about feminism and intersectionality always leaves us feeling powerful.

Marcus Sedgwick on Borders, Ageless Characters, and Saint Death

“I’m not alone in feeling that the world is in an especially fine mess at the moment. It can feel hopeless and as a result, it can feel depressing. But I think that ironically it also means we are in a time when it might be possible to change things.”

A conversation about the things that divide us can be bleak, but this chat with Marcus Sedgwick left us inspired to incite change.

Dawn Tripp on Gender Bias, Strength, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lasting Legacy

“There’s no such thing as now or never. It’s just now. ”

Dawn Tripp told us about what studying the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe taught her.

Grady Hendrix on Paperbacks from Hell and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

“This has really been a women’s genre for a long, long time. Men are late to the party and get all the attention, as seems to be the way of the world.”

Grady Hendrix opened our eyes to the intricacies of the horror world.

Conversation and Connection: Will Schwalbe on the Gifts Books Give Us

“Some books speak very quietly to your soul, but some demand that you share them.”

Will Schwalbe inspired us with his love of books.


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