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It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with K.L. Brady, author of The Nick Before Christmas

Author’s Bio: USA Today Bestselling author K. L. Brady is a D.C. native and award-winning author of 20 novels. She self-published her first book, THE BUM MAGNET, after an Oprah "live your best life" moment, which was picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal. She’s been publishing romantic comedies ever since.   K.L. is a Washington football fan and professed nerd-girl who loves all things Star Trek, Star Wars, and Big Bang Theory. She lives to write stories involving hilarious quirky characters looking for love. She's hard at work on her next several projects, including Sincerely, Santa , a heartfelt romantic comedy that also celebrates the special friendship between her late mother and grandmother.   Fun Fact: If K.L. could choose a superpower, she thinks she would be a mind reader so she could embrace those who really care about her, and she could cancel those who don’t. She figures out motives over time, but reading minds would make the process go
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It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with Diane Papalia Zappa, author of Dear Bobby: My Grief Journey

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It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with David Swinson, author of Sweet Thing

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It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with Natalina Reis, author of House of Blood and Whispers

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