Interviews, Media & Events

Ayana Gray


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Young Women's College Prep - Houston, TX

Tuesday, January 11th · 6:30 PM CT




Review. Little Rock author releases first book; partners with Netflix for new movie

Review. 4 New Y.A. Fantasy Novels Full of Dark, Enchanting Twists (New York Times)

Buzz. Publisher's Weekly: Moving On Up: 'Beasts of Prey'

Podcast. Ayana Gray talks with New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer on The Happy Writer Podcast.

Buzz. 'It Speaks to Your Inner Child': The Root Presents: It's Lit! Explores the Literary Frontier of Fantasy With Ayana Gray

Buzz. BEASTS OF PREY is an instant New York Times bestseller!

Buzz. Bestselling author Isaac Fitzgerald and the TODAY Show name BEASTS OF PREY as one of its Fall book picks!

News. Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Little Rock Author Ayana Gray's 'Beasts of Prey' to become Netflix film.

News. Arkansas Democrat Gazette: On the hunt: Little Rock author Ayana Gray’s ‘Beasts of Prey’ tackles literal and metaphorical monsters in a pan-African fantasy setting

News. KARK: Arkansas author Ayana Gray talks about her book’s success, Netflix adaptation.

Buzz. BEASTS OF PREY selected as the October B&N YA Book Club Pick! 

Buzz. Entertainment Weekly: Read an excerpt from Beasts of Prey, fall's biggest YA fantasy!

TV. Good Morning America: Ayana Gray talks about debut novel, ‘Beasts of Prey’

Buzz. Netflix Developing Fantasy Novel ‘Beasts of Prey’ for Film (Exclusive)

Buzz. Beasts of Prey is named among the New York Times' "16 New and Upcoming Young Adult Books to Watch For!"

Buzz. Beasts of Prey receives a front page feature and article in Kirkus Reviews.

Buzz. Beasts of Prey is part of Frolic's Top Ten YA Reads for September!

Buzz. Beasts of Prey is part of The Nerd Daily's  September's anticipated 2021 reads! 

Buzz. Beasts of Prey is part of POPSugar's Best New Books of September 2021!

Buzz. Beasts of Prey is going international! 

Buzz. Beasts of Prey is selected for the Fall 2021 Indie Next List 

Buzz. Beasts of Prey receives two starred reviews from SLJ and Booklist! 

Buzz. Beasts of Prey receives a starred Kirkus review!

Buzz. Sisters AARP: "Fiction Page-Turners So Irresistible You Shouldn’t Read Them on a Work Night!"

Buzz. Ayana Gray's unboxing video is featured on Good Morning America along with some BIG NEWS!

Event. #1 New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas is in conversation with Ayana Gray at the 2021 Orlando Book Festival!

Event. Ayana Gray set to speak on two panels at the 2021 Write Hive Con!

Event. Ayana features at Penguin Teen's Book Fest!

Buzz. The Bookseller announces BEASTS OF PREY to be published in the UK in January 2022!

Buzz. Ayana Gray reveals the cover to her debut novel, BEASTS OF PREY, via Oprah Magazine!

Buzz. Ayana Gray tapped for 2021 Pitch Wars Managing Director!

Interview. Ayana Gray speaks with authors Emily Thiede and Anna Mercier on the Basic Pitches Podcast


Buzz. Book Riot predicts Beasts of Prey could be one of the biggest books of 2022!

Interview: Fulbright College Alumna Ayana Gray to Publish New Young Adult Book Trilogy


Radio: Ayana Gray joins The Zhamir Watson Show to discuss her upcoming book.


Interview: Pulaski Academy graduate set to publish young adult fantasy book trilogy

Publishers Weekly Book Deals: Putnam Pays Big for a YA Trilogy


Announcement. PenguinTeen announces new behind-the-scenes look for its newest author: Ayana Gray


Announcement. THV11 University of Arkansas, Pulaski Academy graduate set to publish young adult fantasy book trilogy.


Announcement. Publisher's Weekly announces Ayana Gray's debut in its August rights report!

Announcement. Entertainment Weekly announces Ayana's Gray's debut, Beasts of Prey!

Interview. Young Adult author Ayana Gray talks with Louisa Onome, Liselle Sambury, and Danielle Wilkinson about the people who have inspired them, the projects they are working on, and the Black voices they want to promote!


YouTube Interview. Young Adult author Ayana Gray talks with fellow #PitchWars mentors about how to craft a stand-out pitch for your manuscript, and how to navigate online pitching events!


Podcast Interview. Young Adult author Ayana Gray has a lot to offer in our latest episode. Take a listen to our conversation on traveling abroad and the power of lost voices within black history. Ayana also has helpful resources ranging from podcasts to writer contests that will help anyone get started on their own journey.

YouTube Session. Ayana Gray leads the inaugural 2020 Write Hive Conference with a session titled THE ART OF QUERYING, a full-scale presentation walking aspiring authors through the querying process from start to finish with useful tips!

Interview. Ayana Gray chats with Rebellion Lit about her what she writes, why she writes it, and her publishing journey (so far)!

Announcement. Ayana Gray joins the 2020 Pitch Wars Advisory Committee!


Interview. Ayana Gray pitches her current manuscript, the themes that inspired it, and where she thinks the publishing industry can grow.

Interview. 2019 Pitch Wars Mentor Ayana Gray anticipates an exciting mentorship with her new mentee!

Interview. Ayana Gray talks on the FatLikeMe podcast to talk about the importance of body diversity in children's literature.

Workshop. Ayana Gray volunteers to workshop the query materials of a 2019 Pitch Wars hopeful.

Interview. Ayana Gray talks on Craft Quest writing show about diversity in children's literature.