Check out Nikki Tranter's wonderful interview with Julianna Baggott at PopMatters. Baggott (as N.E. Bode) is the author of the Anybodies series and her heroine Fern is a favorite of tween girls everywhere.
Baggott speaks honestly about her slow beginning as a reader and how reluctant readers can become readers. Also, she manages to discuss the Potter phenomenon in an intelligent, non-judgemental way. An excellent read.