Thursday, May 7, 2015

PASADENA LOVES YA: Author Spotlight on Katie Alender

Calling all booknerds! As book conventions and book festivals makes it way down the calendar! Here's another book festival worth checking out! Formerly named the Pasadena Teen Book Festival, this fun event is now named Pasadena Loves YA! Don't forget the cool giveaway at the end of this post!

So...Save the date and come out to Pasadena and meet several bestselling YA authors! And...have a fun-filled day of book signings, panels, giveaways, and more!

Let's not forget! This event is FREE! That's right! No tickets necessary! No registration required, but we would appreciate it if you could share this amazing event on all your social media! Please use the hashtag #PLYA2015.

For more info, visit

May 23, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Pasadena Public Library
Central Library
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

What to look forward to:
Meet 20 Young Adult authors
Panels & Book Signings
Giveaways & Refreshments
Free tote bags for the first 150 guests

Keynote speaker:
Mary McCoy
(author of Dead to Me)

Katie Alender, Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Julie Berry, Livia Blackburne, Virginia boecker, Jessica Brody, Stephen Chbosky, Brandy Colbert, Ava Dellaira, Kody Keplinger, Lize Maccie, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, Alexandra Monir, Jennifer Niven, Romina Russell, Sarah Tomp and Kiersten White

Book sales by:
Book sales will begin at 11:00AM

Pasadena Loves YA presented by:


Today, I have the great honor to spotlight an amazing writer and one of the several authors who will be at this awesome event! I am very excited to showcase Katie Alender and her books! My daughter and I have met her at several events, and it is always so much fun and a pleasure to be able to chat and catch up with her...and many other authors!

Today, Katie Alender is our spotlight author today! So...let's get started!

**Author Spotlight**

Katie Alender
Katie Alender (rhymes with "calendar") is the author of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer and Famous Last Words from Scholastic as well as the Bad Girls Don’t Die series from Hyperion. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and the world’s politest small brown dog, Scooter. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found in her sewing room, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (on very special occasions, she manages to do all of those things at once).

Stay connected with Katie Alender

*Author Interview*

MSnb: If you weren't a writer, what would be your career choice?

Katie: That's tough... I'm interested in everything! I think I would really enjoy teaching. I had some really incredible teachers who definitely impacted my life in a great way, and being able to do that for another generation would be awesome.

MSnB: What are you working on now? Can yo reveal it to us?

Katie: My next book is called The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, and it's out August 25, 2015 (from Scholastic), so I'm preparing for that... and I'm working on ideas for my next book! Plus, other writing and, of course, trying to keep my life in some semblance of order!

MSnB: If you could adapt one of your books into film, which book would it be? Why?

Katie: It's hard to choose just one! I think Famous Last Words would make a beautiful, atmospheric movie.

MSnB: What is your most memorable author event?

Katie: They're all memorable for different reasons! I don't do a lot of signings or tors, but luckily, Los Angeles has a thriving YA community and that keeps me busy with events where I get to see many of my favorite authors (and readers)! I guess another memorable moment was being on a panel at a convention an the topic was "The Future of YA," so the other presenters and I were all ready to talk about what we hoped was the direction YA lit would be going in, and we found out immediately before going onstage in front of 1000-ish people that the topic meant WE were the future of YA and we were supposed to talk about that for ten minutes each. Whoops. We all basically gave our other talks, because it was actually a much better topic!

MSnB: If you could choose where to go on a book tour, where would you go?

Katie: Does it have to be a country where people have actually read my books? Ha ha. I'd love to visit Switzerland or Ireland... any place where the summers aren't 100+ degrees!

Thank you Katie for this awesome Q&A!


Books by Katie Alender
(Covers are links to Goodreads)

Check out Katie's upcoming release!
Young Adult
Paranormal Suspense
Publish Date:
August 25, 2015

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

***The Giveaway***

Giveaway is Open to the U.S. Only

Winner chooses any 3 books from the 2015 Pasadena Loves YA authors

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