Author Archives: Brittney Breakey

About Brittney Breakey

I love reading children’s fiction, coffee dates with my husband, trips to the library, thrift store bargains, chips and salsa, music of all kinds, lazy summer days, competitive games of Pictionary, and celebrating a long day of writing with ice cream and peppermint tea. I’m a two-time graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, and I’m currently working on a humorous mystery for middle graders. I launched Author Turf in January 2011, and it has been an absolute honor to work with so many inspiring authors, promote their work, and learn about their writing processes. I hope you enjoy each and every interview.

Author Interview with Kendare Blake

Get to know Kendare… Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Jennifer Kirkeby

Get to know Jennifer… JENNIFER KIRKEBY is an actress, playwright and children’s writer. Kirkeby adapted ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; The Far-Fetched Fable of the Frog Prince; Madeline’s Christmas, based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans; and Dot and Tot … Continue reading

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Author & Illustrator Interview with Deborah Freedman

Get to know Deborah… Deborah Freedman was an architect once, but now prefers building worlds in picture books. She is the author and illustrator of THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL, BLUE CHICKEN, SCRIBBLE, and to-be-published (April 2015) BY MOUSE … Continue reading

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Author Interview with Dan Richards

Get to know Dan… Dan has been writing poetry, songs and stories for as long as he can remember. He is a graduate of the University of Washington Writing For Children Program where he wrote his debut picture book THE … Continue reading

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Author Interview with C.J. Redwine

Get to know C.J…. C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Marilyn Nelson

Get to know Marilyn… Marilyn Nelson’s books include The Homeplace; The Fields of Praise; Carver; Fortune’s Bones; The Freedom Business; A Wreath for Emmett Till; Faster than Light, and How I Discovered Poetry. The 2012 recipient of the Robert Frost … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Lee Bennett Hopkins

Get to know Lee…  Lee Bennett Hopkins has written and edited numerous award-winning books for children and young adults, as well as professional texts and curriculum materials. He has taught elementary school and served as a consultant to school systems … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Kit Grindstaff

Get to know Kit… Kit Grindstaff was born near London, and grew up surrounded by rolling hills, old English villages, and Dickensian mists. After a brush with pop stardom (under her maiden name, Hain), she moved to New York and … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Amalia Hoffman

Get to know Amalia… Amalia Hoffman is the author and illustrator of The Klezmer Bunch and Purim Goodies published by Gefen Publishing House. She also illustrated Friday Night with the Pope, written by Jacques J.M. Shore. Amalia created an over-sized hand made book as a prop  for the Train … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Kelly Bingham

Get to know Kelly…  Kelly Bingham was a story artist and director for Walt Disney Feature Animation before earning her MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults.  She is the author of two novels in verse: SHARK GIRL and … Continue reading

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