Archive for the ‘ Interviews ’ Category


Walking and Talking with Cece Bell

Here’s a new Walking and Talking comic, with the amazing and hilarious Cece Bell! We ran into each other at a conference in Frostburg, Maryland, so of course I asked if she’d be willing to star in an episode of my comic. I got to ask lots of questions I’ve been wondering about, including this […]


Walking and Talking with Katherine Applegate

I love when authors are open about the low points of the process, and there are always low points – even with books that wind up winning Newbery Medals. In this new Walking and Talking comic, Katherine Applegate makes an amazing confession about the creation of The One and Only Ivan. We also talk ideas, […]


On Stage with Robert Ellsberg

This was one of the coolest events I’ve ever done – a conversation with Robert Ellsberg, on stage at the New York Historical Society. Robert was just thirteen when he helped his father, Daniel Ellsberg, copy the top secret Pentagon Papers. Like his more famous father, Robert hoped the exposure of these government secrets would […]


Walking and Talking with Joseph Bruchac

A few weeks ago, right after it snowed, I met up with Joseph Bruchac at Ndakkina Education Center, land that has been in Joe’s family for generations. It’s amazing place – my kids go to a great summer camp there – and perfect for a winter walk. In this Walking and Talking comic, Joe talks […]


Walking and Talking with Elizabeth Wein

Yes, it’s the first ever international Walking and Talking comic. This one is based on my walk/talk this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the beloved author of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. And there’s big news here – she’s crossing over to nonfiction for an upcoming book!


Port Chicago 50 on New Books Network

Thank you to James Stancil and the New Books Network podcast for featuring this interview with me about The Port Chicago 50. James really knows his stuff, and this was a particularly rewarding discussion – we really got deep into the story, and the ways in which the story is still going on.


Walking and Talking with Deborah Heiligman

Back from summer with a new Walking and Talking comic – this time talking a little nonfiction with the great Deborah Heiligman! Our processes are pretty different, but turns out we run into all the same challenges…


“The Librarian Is In” Features Undefeated

I always say that librarians are my closest allies – we’re all working together to try to get books into the hands of kids and teens. So it’s especially cool to see Undefeated featured in this new New York Public Library podcast! I also did this recent newspaper interview about the book, and upcoming projects. […]


Webinar with the World War II Museum

I do a lot Skype visits with classes, and I feel pretty goofy talking into a webcam… but this program turned out well. It’s a student webinar about my book Bomb, produced by the amazing World War II Museum in New Orleans. Basically, I tell some of the stories from the book – similar to […]


Here Be Monsters meets Benedict Arnold

In this new episode of the podcast Here Be Monsters, I get to talk about two of my favorite subjects: why history textbooks suck, and Benedict Arnold!