Author Talk: Alexis Nedd, Don't Hate the Player
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About the Book:
Perfect for fans of Opposite of Always comes a funny and heartfelt feminist YA debut set in the world of competitive gaming.
By day, Emilia is a field hockey star with a popular boyfriend and a mother obsessed with her academic future. But by night, she’s kicking virtual ass as the only female member of a highly competitive eSports team. Emilia has mastered the art of keeping her two worlds thriving, which hinges on them staying completely separate.
When a major eSports tournament comes to her city, Emilia is determined to prove herself to the male-dominated gaming community. But her perfectly balanced life is thrown for a loop when a member of a rival team—Jake—recognizes her . . . From an exciting new talent, this sweet and charming YA romance will win the hearts of gamers and non-gamers alike.
About the Author:
Alexis Nedd is a Brooklyn-based pop culture "fanthropologist" who has only ever loved things in a big, obsessive way. As the Senior Entertainment Reporter at Mashable.com, she covers television, movies, and video games with a focus on sci-fi and fantasy universes. When she’s not writing for money, she’s writing for no money on Twitter, where her feed consists of deep dives on weird history (Hamilton and messed-up royal lineages are favorites) and analyzing pop culture as an artifact of society. Her threads regularly receive comments from people in the media like Lin-Manuel Miranda, and her writing has also appeared in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and BuzzFeed. This is her debut novel. @alexisthenedd
About the Conversation Partner:
Alanna Bennett is a screenwriter in film and TV, having written previously for “Roswell, New Mexico.” Her culture writing has appeared in BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Eater and more.