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.

Interview with Award-Winning Author Deborah Hopkinson

Get to know Deborah… Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, historical fiction, and nonfiction. A prolific picture book author, Deborah has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for picture book … Continue reading

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Author Interview with Amber Skye Forbes

Get to know Amber… Amber Skye Forbes is a dancer and writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Denise Jaden

Get to know Denise… Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith (Simon & Schuster), was written in 21 days during … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Illustrator Anna Raff

Get to know Anna… Anna Raff has illustrated several books for children, including WORLD RAT DAY by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, SYLVIA’S SPINACH by Katherine Pryor, and THINGS THAT FLOAT AND THINGS THAT DON’T by David A. Adler. She … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Illustrator Lisa Brown

Get to know Lisa… Lisa Brown is a New York Times bestselling illustrator, writer, and cartoonist. Her picture books for children include How to Be, Vampire Boy’s Good Night, and Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly. She illustrated The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming and 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by the elusive … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Janet Wong

Get to know Janet… Janet S. Wong is the author of more than two dozen books for children and teens. She has been honored with the Claremont Stone Center Recognition of Merit, the IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, and her appointment … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Larry Dane Brimner

Get to know Larry… Larry Dane Brimner is a third-generation writer, although he’s the first in his family to venture into children’s literature. The author of 158 titles for young readers, ranging from humorous picture book texts to serious nonfiction … Continue reading

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Interview with Award-Winning Author Steve Sheinkin

Get to know Steve… A former history textbook writer, Steve Sheinkin is now trying to make amends by writing nonfiction that kids and teens will actually want to read. His 2012 bookBomb was a Newbery Honor book and National Book Award Finalist. Other … Continue reading

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Author Interview with Arree Chung

Get to know Arree… Arree Chung made a lot of spreadsheets before learning how to draw and paint. He loves the storytelling that is created between words and pictures in picture books and comics. He is the son to 1st … Continue reading

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Author Interview with Kelsey Sutton

Get to know Kelsey… Kelsey Sutton has done everything from training dogs and making cheeseburgers to selling yellow page ads and cleaning hotel rooms. She lives in northern Minnesota and received a BA in English from Bemidji State University. When … Continue reading

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