Suspenseful, Sensual & Spooktacular: Cynthia Leitich Smith on the Austin Teen Book Festival

The Austin Teen Book Festival, taking place on October 1st, 2011 10am – 5pm at the Palmer Events Center, is a FREE festival with the mission of connecting teens with authors of books for teens. Panels of authors will discuss a wide variety of topics, sign their books, and celebrate all things teen fiction.


To give you a taste of what to expect at the ATBF, we’ve invited some of the panelists to write about their panel here on the BP blog. Our first guest blogger is Cynthia Leitich Smith, who will be on the panel Supernatural Suspense.


By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Suspenseful, sensual and spooktacular—master storytellers Heather Brewer, Tara Lynn Childs, Andrea Cremer, Sophie Jordan, and Jackson Pearce invite Austin teens to embrace stories so scintillating they’re as likely to quicken the pulse as stop it cold.

What’s waiting for fans of these deliciously dangerous wordsmiths?

Devotees and minions-to-be of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod will be enthralled by the first entry in her new series, The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill.

Andrea Cremer’s compelling, lusty Nightshade is followed by Wolfsbane. The first will make your hair stand up, and the second will make you howl.

Mythology aficionados will find themselves spellbound by Tera Lynn Childs’ Grace, Gretchen, and Greer (in Sweet Venom), three teen descendants of Medusa, suddenly confronted with their formidable heritage and joint fate.

Vanish, Sophie Jordan’s sequel to Firelight, will delight lovers of forbidden, fiery romance and make them long to spread their wings.

And, finally, Jackson Pearce gives age-old fairly tales new, perilous life in Sisters Red—hello, big, bad werewolf—and Sweetly, where siblings Gretchen and Ansel discover that even a sweetshop is anything but safe.

I wonder…. Is it the same force that draws us to darkness as too close to the fire? To heart-pounding mystery, enticing coolness, blistering heat, and a pulsating thrill ride?

Do we see the humanity in these heroes, these villains? Do we see the monster in ourselves?

Let’s find out. Let’s taste the forbidden that lurks in the shadows of everyday life, cut our teeth on its magic, and somewhere along the way, touch on our own heroes within.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Tantalize: Kieren’s tory (Candlewick). Her award-winning book for tweens is Rain Is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins). Cynthia’s website at was named one of the top 10 Writer Sites on the Internet by Writer’s Digest and an ALA Great Website for Kids. Her Cynsations blog at was listed as among the top two read by the children’s/YA publishing community in the SCBWI “To Market” column.

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