A talk with the band MIDWEST INDIES

    Name: The Midwest Indies
    Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
    Check Out: “We the Bandits,” “Learning to Love,” “If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them”
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themidwestindies
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/midwestindies

    Composed of four members, The Midwest Indies is an indie folk band whose sound is simple, yet stunning. They make music using several instruments, like guitars, a banjo, a trumpet, and a tambouring, and they all come together to make beautiful art. Original made up of Brad, Chandler, and Tanner, they later added Blake to form the band. Check out their debut album Truman, out now.

    YA: What do each of your bring to the group? What’s it like, being in a band?

    Midwest Indies: We’re four college kids who love making music and performing. Music has played a huge role in each of our lives, and we all have a different take on music. With four different styles coming together in one band, writing can be a challenge, but it’s one we all enjoy doing very much. Being in a band is something we all want to do for the rest of our lives. The people in this band have become more than just my bandmates, they’ve become my best friends. Being in a band is one of the most rewarding things a person can do, but it’s also one of the most difficult things.

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Young Ben Franklin, Ghost Hunter

    Benjamin Franklin looked up from the freshly-painted newspaper and asked his brother, James, “Did you read the story you printed on page 15?”

    The paper in his hands was called The New England Courant. It was the first newspaper in their hometown of Boston, and his brother had founded it.

    They sat alone in the newspaper’s humble office, the heavy windowpanes keeping out the dark. “What, the ship’s schedules for the week?” James asked petulantly, furiously scribbling notes with a feather pane. His long, almost delicate fingers were stained with ink from the well in the desk where he sat.

    The two brothers were not close. Young Ben, barely 15, worked as a printer’s apprentice for the paper but despite being its founder and CEO, older brother James treated him like the janitor.

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Poem: Dollhouse

Author: Shelly Gill

I see lips

red and flaming

like cherry candy

China blue eyes

a coy smile

making boys rise-

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A Special Interview with Dan Krokos

In the female-dominated world of Young Adult fiction, Dan Krokos is making his mark, “firmly a boy…with motorcycle chases and citywide chaos and sword fights” in his new book False Memory. Read on for more details!

    YA Lit Mag: When did you decide to start writing?

    Dan Krokos: I worked in a gas station for almost ten years. During that time, I read tons of books (sorry BP). In the spring of ’07, I was tearing through the Dark Elf series by RA Salvatore. I was completely obsessed. I was so into reading that one day I decided to try writing my own stories.
    It was rough in the beginning, but I knew from the start that this was what I wanted to do.

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Winnie the Pooh had some deep stuff…

What childhood cartoons have you pulled inspirational quotes from?

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How you can tell it’s fall…

What’s your fall indicator?

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An Interview with Marley Gibson

With Radiate, Marley Gibson’s confessional novel based on her own dealings with cancer, the young adult genre gets a candid look into how to deal with disease that isn’t start-to-finish depressing. And with Poser, a mother-daughter story in the modeling world of South Beach, the author lets her hair down and has some fun!

    YA Lit: When did you decide to start writing?

    Marley Gibson: Wow, I’ve always written for as long as I can remember. I remember when I was a little kid, I used to write one paragraph stories and then get my family to “bid” against each other for the stories. Never knew why I did that…perhaps preparing myself for my future in publishing? LOL! I wrote all in high school and in college and in 2001, I decided to quit talking about writing a novel and just doing it. My first completed manuscript took me eight months and it was 863 pages …of garbage! But I did it. I started and finished and then I started a new one.

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