Do not refer to the author by his/her first name, unless you are specifically discussing him/her as a character in the book. When discussing the writer, use the last name after we have been introduced to his/her whole name. You do not know him/her personally and should not address him/her as such.
Text Citations should support your thematic essay. Be choosy about what to include so you don’t get too bogged down and use ellipses to avoid unnecessary information. Also, do not oversimplify with too short a paragraph that lacks effectiveness. Follow MLA Citation form.