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All By My Shelf

All By My Shelf

By Jessica Mary
Hello Booknerdigans! My name is Jessica and this is All By My Shelf a blog and podcast featuring writing advice for KidLlit and YA writers, interviews with KidLit and YA authors, and a few deep-dive book analyses to see what makes them so good... or bad...
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An Interview with Soman Chainani

All By My Shelf

An Interview with Soman Chainani

All By My Shelf

An Interview with Soman Chainani
Buy Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales Here  Connect with Soman Chainani Connect with Jessica Tuckerman  Visit the All By My Shelf Store Buy Me A Coffee You think you know these stories, don't you? You are wrong. You don't know them at all. Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death. A prince has a surprising awakening . . . A beauty fights like a beast . . . A boy refuses to become prey . . . A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again. New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.
September 18, 2021
An Interview with Jessica Vitalis
My guest today is Jessica Vitalis, debut author of The Wolfs Curse.  Buy The Wolf's Curse Here Connect with Jessica Vitalis Connect with Jessica Tuckerman Visit the All By My Shelf Store "I am obsessed with this story!"--Erin Entrada Kelly, author of the Newbery Honor book We Dream of Space "Boldly tells readers to take a closer look at the stories they're told--not to mention at the wolves that might be lurking in the shadows. A clear-eyed, big-hearted fable of compassion, friendship, and love."--Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy "A lyrical tale of loss and survival, tradition and belief, in which tension and secrets build like a towering wave."--Diane Magras, author of The Mad Wolf's Daughter "A fable as polished and timeless as a fine wooden toy."--Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of the Newbery Honor book The Book of Boy Shunned by his fearful village, a twelve-year-old apprentice embarks on a surprising quest to clear his name, with a mythic--and dangerous--wolf following closely at his heels. Jessica Vitalis's debut is a gorgeous, voice-driven literary fantasy about family, fate, and long-held traditions. The Wolf's Curse will engross readers of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and A Wish in the Dark. Gauge's life has been cursed since the day he cried Wolf and was accused of witchcraft. The Great White Wolf brings only death, Gauge's superstitious village believes. If Gauge can see the Wolf, then he must be in league with it. So instead of playing with friends in the streets or becoming his grandpapa's partner in the carpentry shop, Gauge must hide and pretend he doesn't exist. But then the Wolf comes for his grandpapa. And for the first time, Gauge is left all alone, with a bounty on his head and the Wolf at his heels. A young feather collector named Roux offers Gauge assistance, and he is eager for the help. But soon the two--both recently orphaned--are questioning everything they have ever believed about their village, about the Wolf, and about death itself. Narrated by the sly, crafty Wolf, Jessica Vitalis's debut novel is a vivid and literary tale about family, friendship, belonging, and grief. The Wolf's Curse will captivate readers of Laurel Snyder's Orphan Island and Molly Knox Ostertag's The Witch Boy.
September 11, 2021
An Interview with Michelle Mason
My guest for this episode is Michelle Mason, debut author of Your Life Has Been Delayed. We talked about 90s fashion, technology, and adapting your work to a changing world. In between questions, we played The Book Stops Here and Never Have I Ever Spoiled My Own Book. Buy Your Life Has Been Delayed Visit My Store Visit
August 30, 2021
Genre VRS Audience in Kidlit
I could say this with a single sentence but I plan to go on a tangent. Young Adult and Middle Grade are not genres of children’s literature. But they have their own sections at the bookstore. No kidding. Kids have their own sections at the department store too, but it’s not meant to do anything other than dictate what sizes the pants are. Visit the store Buy Me a Coffee View this episode as a post on
August 29, 2021
Self Care for Writers
It honestly doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or not, self-care is important. There are some myths about it being self-indulgent, a waste of time, and expensive. Not to mention the idea that all artists are supposed to suffer (queue my eye roll here). Visit the store Buy Me a Coffee This episode is also available as a post at
August 29, 2021
An Interview with Jessica Speer
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August 17, 2021
100% Awful Writing Advice
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August 8, 2021
Guided Meditation for Writers
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August 8, 2021
Outlining Your Kidlit Novel
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August 3, 2021
Writing Through Your Lack of Motivation
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July 23, 2021
Finding Your KidLit Voice
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July 2, 2021
An Interview with Brandie June
My first guest on ALL BY MY SHELF is debut YA author Brandie June! Gold Spun is already out on shelves so you can make your purchase through the Bookshop link here in the show notes. BUY GOLD SPUN FROM BOOKSHOP Connect with Brandie June Visit All By My Shelf Buy Me a Coffee Buy Yourself a Tee Shirt "June shines in this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin . . . with memorable characters that will appeal to a broad range of fantasy readers." -School Library Journal If Nor can't spin gold, she can always spin lies. When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con-to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire. Desperate for help, Nor summons the faerie's aid, launching a complicated dance as she must navigate between her growing feelings for both the prince and faerie boy and who she herself wishes to become.
June 26, 2021
The Writer’s Journey
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June 21, 2021
Hello from All By My Shelf
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June 11, 2021