Our Friend is Here! An Interview with Dustin Thao, Author of You’ve Reached Sam – On His Debut, Kimi No Na Wa, and His DVPit Journey

Our Friend is Here! is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

When I first came across You’ve Reached Sam and read the blurb – about a girl who grieves the death of her boyfriend and calls her boyfriend’s phone, only for him to pick up thus giving them a chance to say goodbye – I probably cried. And then when I read this book? I had tears and snot dripping down my face. This book is a beautiful story about love, grief, and the connections that we have with others, and I’m excited for you all to read it come November.

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Our Friend is Here! An Author Interview with Diana Pinguicha, Author of A Curse of Roses; On the Legend that Inspired Her Debut and Writing in a Second Language

Our Friend is Here! An Author Interview with Diana Pinguicha, Author of A Curse of Roses; On the Legend that Inspired Her Debut and Writing in a Second Language

If you love the idea of a Portuguese historical fantasy with a sapphic romance, about a girl who turns the things she touches into flowers, then you’re going to want to huddle around the Pond today – because we have an exciting and special guest visiting us today!

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Our Friend is Here: An Author Interview with RoAnna Sylver, Author of Stake Stake – On ‘Dys-hope-ia’, How Hope and Horror are Intertwined, and Honouring Corey Alexander

Our Friend is Here: An Author Interview with RoAnna Sylver, Author of Stake Stake - On 'Dys-hope-ia', How Hope and Horror are Intertwined, and Honouring Corey Alexander

Our Friend is Here! is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

If you love the idea of fantasy stories that are about holdingonto and fighting for hope, despite being in the darkest and grimmest of places, gorgeously queer and disabled characters of colour, then I’d like to introduce you to RoAnna Sylver.

RoAnna’s books are difficult to define – and by that, I mean that their stories push the fringes of genre. For instance, Chameleon Moon is a dystopian story with superhuman characters (that are delightfully queer and polyamorous) that fight against an oppressive, all-seeing police force with love, hope, and resistance. Their other series, Stake Sauce, which you’ll learn more about today, is a supernatural story wherein a punk-rock vampire and disabled cop-turned-security-guard team up to fight a great evil – and maybe fall in love and heal each other too.

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Amparo Ortiz, Author of Blazewrath Games; On The Inspirations Behind Her Debut and Writing Personal Puerto Rican Protagonists

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Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Our Friend is Here: Latinx Heritage MonthEditionis a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where between September 15th and October 15th, Latinx authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Latinx and Latinx books. Find the introduction post for Latinx Heritage Month at The Quiet Pond here.

When Amparo announced that she was going to be publishing her debut book back in October 2019 – and I cannot believe so much time has passed! – you can imagine how elated and excited I was. I mean: (1) ‘How to Train Your Dragon meets Qudditch’, (2) Puerto Rican main character who represents Puerto Rico in a world competition, and (3) a story that blends contemporary and fantasy? I think we can all agree that Blazewrath Games sounds amazing.

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