The extended interview with David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland, and Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not.
Here’s the original episode and behind the scenes photos.
Notes and links from the interview:
David mentions he’s part of SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s Literature.
Adam’s home store: Books of Wonder in New York City
We Need Diverse Books initiative
Adam has a “HGO” tattoo which stands for Happiness Goes On. Adam recently wrote very openly about his struggle with depression and anxiety: Happiness Isn’t Just An Outside Thing
More Happy Than Not: Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
David notes that Courtney
Stevens, author of Faking Normal recommended
changing Mim, the main character in Mosquitoland,
to a girl.
Could the memory altering facilty in More
Happy Than Not exist? More on the Swedish memory erasure.
Who is Adam’s Mom?
The Publisher’s Weekly review for More Happy Than Not that only got One Star! (Mosquitoland got one, too)
Adam’s favorite book as a kid: Stellaluna by Janell
David’s favorite book as a kid: Pierre: A Cautionary Tale
In Five Chapters And A Prologue by Maurice Sendak
David’s favorite book as a kid: Pierre: A Cautionary Tale In Five Chapters And A Prologue by Maurice Sendak