I hope everyone had a fab weekend!
GUYS! This year’s YALL Fest is only two weeks away! Two weeks!
I’m getting really pumped to join up with all my fellow book nerds to celebrate reading and the awesomeness that is YA fiction!
Today’s author interview is with one of the 50 great authors who will be at YALL Fest, Jocelyn Davies author of the A Beautiful Dark trilogy. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I have to admit the covers of her books intrigue me!
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
COFFEE! And a cocoon of silence.
Describe your book in 5 words
Girl has angel blood, torn.
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
It differs from book to book–really, it’s anyone’s guess! Sometimes, the first line is hardest, because I’m just getting started and I’m not warmed up yet, and by the time I get to the end, I’ve got the momentum of an entire book to propel me into that last line. Then again, sometimes a first line just pops into my head, and the whole idea unfolds from there. Theres usually no way to know what is going to happen until it’s happening, which is often the approach I take to writing.
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Create interesting characters, give them an excuse to meet, and the story will write itself.”
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I’m a dog person–cats kind of freak me out.
I was a theater kid in high school. I used to dream of being an Oscar-winning actress.
I love everything about autumn.
I live a few blocks away from my best friend from high school.
In my day job, I’m also a children’s book editor.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I love magical realism—a novel that’s set in the real world, but ever-so-slightly different.
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
I usually have a pretty strong sense right from the moment the idea comes to me. I start writing knowing I’m embarking on a novel.
Like I said I’m intrigued by the covers to Jocelyn Davies books, you know because they feature girls in pretty dresses which is of course a thing of mine! Haha
Well, if you’re a fan of Jocelyn Davies’ books and you’re in the southeast, you should join us at YALL Fest in Charleston on Saturday, November 9th!