I can’t believe we’re three years into the “These Words Matter” segment. This year, another 12 fantastic authors contributed, and their choice titles were sometimes surprising (and often not widely popular). What’s the book that was transformative for you?
This year was the first time that the “These Words Matter” segment encountered some obstacles. The roster changed slightly as the year progressed. I’m so happy with how the list turned out. These authors are so kind, generous, and talented. I can’t wait to get into another year of editing this segment. We’re 36 contributors in, and we’ve got another year of writers coming up. Maybe your favourites will be contributing in 2018.
As always, thank you so much for your readership. Announcements coming in the new year, so stay tuned!
These Words Matter to Kiersten: Redwall by Brian Jacques
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken, the first in an epic trilogy based on a gender-swapped Vlad the Impaler, which is out now. She is also author of the bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy.
These Words Matter to Michelle: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Michelle Falkoff is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Chicago. She wrote Playlist for the Dead (January 27, 2015) and Pushing Perfect (October 25, 2016), which is about a girl’s quest for perfection which results in a mysterious and dangerous adventure.
These Words Matter to Beth: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Beth Revis is a New York Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her latest title, A World Without You, is a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. Beth is also the author of the Across the Universe series, among other titles.
These Words Matter to Roshani: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. This debut is about 17-year-old Maya who is cursed with an arranged marriage of political convenience. At 17, she’s now a wife and a queen, trying to quell outside rebellions. The eagerly anticipated second book in the series, A Crown of Wishes, was published on March 28, 2017.
These Words Matter to Richelle: Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
Richelle Mead is the #1 international bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series, which has sold millions of copies and been made into a feature film. Her other young adult works include The Glittering Court series and Vampire Academy’s spinoff series, Bloodlines. Richelle has a master’s degree in religion and mythology, and loves all things fantasy and sci-fi.
These Words Matter to Harriet: Zoey Fools Around by Katherine Applegate
Harriet Reuter Hapgood is the author of The Square Root of Summer, “a time-travel-quantum-physics-contemporary-romance YA.” Harriet is a magazine sub-editor (Elle (collections), InStyle, Livingetc, Marie Claire, Stylist) and a proofreader.
2017’s Most Viewed Contributor
These Words Matter to Emery: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Emery Lord is the author of four novels about teenage girls, including The Start of Me and You and When We Collided. Her most recent novel, The Names They Gave Us, is about a young girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother’s cancer reappears. She is sent to work at a camp for struggling teens, where she finds a group of loving, unafraid coworkers. The Names They Gave Us was published on May 16, 2017.
These Words Matter to Danielle: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series. Her latest book, The End of Oz, was published March 14, 2017. Danielle works in the television industry where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys.
These Words Matter to Calla: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Calla Devlin is the author of Tell Me Something Real, a finalist for the PEN Literary Award and the Morris Award, and Right Where You Left Me. A Pushcart nominee and winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award, her stories have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Originally from California, she lives in Iowa with her family.
These Words Matter to Michelle: the Fear Street series by R.L. Stine
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan before writing her first novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, in 2011. It was a 2011 YALSA Reader’s Choice selection, and the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2012.
These Words Matter to Emily: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken
E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and the Ruby Oliver quartet. Her latest book, Genuine Fraud, was published on September 5, 2017. She has a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University and currently teaches creative writing at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children.
These Words Matter to Brendan: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Brendan Reichs was a litigation attorney before co-writing the Virals series. He has since helped co-write four more Virals books, and has published his first solo title, Nemesis (March 21, 2017). Brendan is also on the Executive Board of both the YALLFest and YALLWest young adult literary festivals. You can join the festivals in either sunny Charleston in November or even sunnier Santa Monica in April.
Brendan also contributed to Bree’s piece on Quirk Books’ blog about NaNoWriMo Inspiration.
Get ready! The first contribution for 2018 to “These Words Matter” will appear here on the third Monday of January!