Interview With “Burn the Stage: The Rise of BTS and Korean Boy Bands” Author Marc Shapiro!

marc shapiro and BTS bookChances are you or someone you know is familiar with boy band BTS, who rock award shows and the Billboard charts. New York Times bestselling author and biographer Marc Shapiro recently participated in a Q&A with us about his book, Burn the Stage: The Rise of BTS and Korean Boy Bands (Riverdale Avenue Books, December 2018).

So Booking Cool: When and how did the idea to write a BTS … Read the rest

Interview (Part 2) With “For Black Girls Like Me” Author Mariama J. Lockington!

mariama and book 1 pic “Writing and storytelling is such a powerful tool for building confidence in young people,” novelist Mariama J. Lockington tells So Booking Cool in part two of our conversation. This statement arrives when we ask the “For Black Girls Like Me” author about the story behind her passion for leading youth. Lockington, who noted in part one that her work with middle schoolers contributed to the dialogue for her … Read the rest

Interview (Part 1) With “For Black Girls Like Me” Author Mariama J. Lockington!

mariama and book 1 picBooks can help people escape the world they are living in. Books can also help people navigate their world. It is just as powerful to have refuge as it is to have something or someone you can relate to. When she was a young girl, Mariama J. Lockington couldn’t find books about black female youth adoptees like herself. Her forthcoming novel For Black Girls Like Me, the book she … Read the rest

Interview With “Jumping the Picket Fence” Author & Entrepreneur Lydia Dean!

lydia deanMany people choose security over passion when it comes to employment. When you were a child, you probably loved reading, writing, singing, drawing, playing a sport, etc. You might’ve even taken that craft on as an extracurricular activity. But did it ever go past a hobby? Did you ever try to pursue it professionally? Maybe you made a few attempts only to feel defeated. Maybe someone talked you out of … Read the rest

Interview (Part 2) With “A Good Kind of Trouble” Author Lisa Moore Ramée!

lisa moore ramee and book no tagWhen we have a passion, it is easy to become consumed by it. But it is important to make sure that we don’t ignore the other experiences that life has to offer. For example, if you are a writer, don’t literally spend all of your time writing. “Some advice I would give to other writers is find something else that you do,” Lisa Moore Ramée tells So Booking CoolRead the rest

Interview (Part 1) With “A Good Kind of Trouble” Author Lisa Moore Ramée!

lisa moore ramee and book no tagWhile the novel A Good Kind of Trouble has pretty much been dubbed the junior high school version of The Hate U Give, also a Balzer + Bray title, it is a book that had been more than 20 years in the making. It is based on the author, Lisa Moore Ramée’s experiences in elementary and middle school as well as her daughter’s, who is now in college. … Read the rest

Interview With “Our Changing Earth” Author & Teen Climate Activist, Arjun Marwaha!

arjun and book.pngAt just 17-years-old, one can already imagine Arjun Marwaha running for office. The climate activist is as passionate about earth as he is raising awareness about it, especially to other young people. It’s why he wrote the book Our Changing Earth: Why Climate Change Matters to Young People.

“I’ve really just gone into climate change and activism largely because of the inaction in the current government, but I think … Read the rest

Interview With Author & “Ms. Dee’s Kitchen” Playwright, Katrina Walker!

katrina and bookKatrina Walker is just as much a survivor as she is a go-getter. She’s overcome homelessness, abuse, five marriages, a home invasion that nearly cost her life, and some of the biggest heights of racial tension. But she never let any of it stop her. In fact, she utilized her passion for business and serving communities, as well as her faith in God, to become a self-made a millionaire. Last … Read the rest

Interview With “The Altered Adventure” Series Author Gary Merritt!

gary merritt and booksThere is a new world that fantasy and adventure enthusiasts can escape to. That world is ‘Altered.’ So far compared to the likes of Narnia and The Wizard of Oz, Gary Merritt’s, The Altered Adventure, is a young adult series based on Gizzy Gazza, the beloved animation series created by the same man. The millions who have tuned in to Gizzy Gazza online can now consume … Read the rest