Saturday, May 21, 2016

Yay for Middle Grade Books: Interview with MarcyKate Connolly

Today in Yay for Middle Grade Books, I'm pleased to present an interview with Middle Grade author MarcyKate Connolly! Ms.Connolly is the author of the MG books Monstrous and Ravenous! :)

Here's the interview! :)

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her responses, and the bold italic font is my comments about her answers.

1. Your most recent MG book, Ravenous released in February! Would you please describe it in five words?   

Hansel & Gretel with Baba Yaga undertones.

2. What's your favorite part of writing MG books?

For me that age was a time when books were a huge and influential part of my world, so writing for kids who are like me is really exciting. Just being able to walk in a different, fantastical world for a while was (and still is!) an amazing thing, and talking to readers at signings who love my books in the same way I loved the fantasy stories I read growing up is the Best. Feeling. Ever!

Love this! :)

3. Random question! What's your favorite color?

Blue! Specifically, periwinkle.

4. If you're able to talk about it, are you working on any MG books now?
I’m always working on new projects! At the moment I’m working on two MG books, but neither of them have sold to a publisher yet, so I can’t say too much about them other than the fact that they are both delightfully weird fantasies. :)

5. What are some of your favorite Middle Grade books?
Growing up I read just about anything I could get my hands on—Poe, Shakespeare, fairy tales, myths—but my all-time favorite books were always fantasy. I particularly loved the Redwall series and Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence. They still hold up on re-read now as an adult too—I can’t recommend them enough.
More recently, my faves include pretty much anything written by Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary), Claire Legrand (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and The Year of Shadows), and Anne Ursu (Breadcrumbs and The Real Boy).

I love Natalie Lloyd's books! And I need to read some Claire Legrand and Anne Ursu books! :)

Thank you for participating in this event! :)

Author Bio: MarcyKate Connolly is an author and nonprofit administrator living in New England with her husband and pugs. She’s a coffee addict and voracious reader. Her debut middle grade fantasy series is available now from HarperCollins Children's Books and includes Monstrous and the companion novel, Ravenous. You can visit her online at

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