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YALL Fest Author Interview: Sean Williams

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m pretty excited because this weekend I’m going off on a weekend women’s retreat with my church and we’re going to the mountains…YAY!!

But before that happens let’s talk YALL Fest! The YALL Book Fest is happening in Charleston on November 9 and I am extremely amazed that there are going to be 50 of the top YA authors there! I literally cannot contain my excitement!

Excited CatSo, because of this obvious excitement I’ve agreed to host interviews with some of the authors. Today’s author is fantasy and sci-fi author Sean Williams (who has a really cool looking website btw). His most recent book is the sci-fi Twinmaker. It shouldn’t be a big deal that Sean Williams is a guy, but in the YA world I think it is. In my experienceSean Williams there definitely seems to be a majority of female YA authors so it’s always refreshing to have a guy in the mix! So here is to the Guys of YA…should this be a calendar or something?! hahaha

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

The right music. And chocolate as a reward when I finish.

Describe your book in 5 words

Jump meets Uglies. But different.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

The first line is often the hardest to write, but I like a good challenge. The line I like writing the least is the last because it means I have a whole load of rewriting ahead of me.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Give up. If you can do that, you’ll be happier and probably better off as a result. If you can’t, then you know writing is exactly the right thing for you!

Twin Maker by Sean Williams Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1) I live in Adelaide, South Australia, a place that’s home to about a million other people but somehow feels like a small town, which is why I love it.
2) I still think music from the 1980s is cool.
3) My stepson has situs invertus, which means his heart is on the wrong side of his body. That’s not really about me, but it is pretty random.
4) I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who.
5) I’m minding a pair of green tree frogs, Skipper and Jumpy, for a young friend while she’s overseas with her family. You can see pictures of them on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seanwilliamsauthor/.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

In my study, a lovely upstairs nook containing all my favorite book-related things, but I’ve trained myself to write anywhere as long as I have my headphones and some music. I quite like writing in hotels, probably because someone else does all the household chores.

What are you working on now?

Crashland, the sequel to Twinmaker.

I’m going to have to look for Twinmaker on audio because it sounds like a book my husband and I would both really enjoy! Also, Sean Williams is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fan, as am I. Don’t you wonder who his favorite Doctor is?

Also, don’t forget to follow YALL Fest on twitter (@yallfest) to learn more about this book fest.

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YALL Fest Author Interview: C.J. Lyons

Well hello there!

As you may know by now, I’m participating in a little blog hop to promote the awesome YALL Fest book festival in Charleston on November 9. This will be my first year attending YALL Fest, as I just moved to South Carolina this past July, and I just cannot wait.

Because I’m so excited I agreed to host some author interviews. Today’s interview is from C.J. Lyons, author of the YA thriller Broken. I haven’t read this one yet, but it really does sound interesting…AND apparently C.J. Lyons went to Medical School at the University of Florida where I went for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. CJ LyonsGo Gators!

Describe your book in 5 words:

CJ: Girl dying of broken heart (literally)

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

CJ: The first. I’ll often return to it over and over again until I’ve sliced and diced and fine-honed it to that perfect combination of intrigue, visceral reaction, and emotional connection with the reader.

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

CJ: “Code Name Verity” because it is so emotionally honest and inspiring, empowering, not to mention gut-wrenching. Really brings the era to life as well as the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.Broken by CJ Lyons

CJ: When I was a kid I worked summer stock theatre and was actually a theatre major undergrad before switching to pre-med. I’ve had two hard landings in helicopters while working as a flight doc. I survived rampaging Cape Horn Buffalo and a pack of wild baboons, not to mention a leopard (he’s already eaten) while hiking in Hells Gate Park in Kenya. I’m a Capricorn. I diagnosed my niece with the heart condition that’s at the center of my YA thriller, BROKEN.

What are you working on now?

CJ: DAMAGED, my next YA thriller, due out in 2014. It deals with the really tough topic of abuse and coercion and is the most difficult book I’ve ever tackled—there have been times while writing when I was literally in tears as I typed.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

CJ: I created my own genre of Thrillers with Heart—I love writing fast paced stories with raising stakes but centered on the emotional heart of an evolving relationship. As for reading, I read almost every genre but especially love YA, magical realism, and thrillers. As long as a story grabs me by the throat and won’t let me go because I’m too worried about what the characters are going through, I’ll read it and love it.

Okay, when other authors recommend a certain book it makes me feel like I should read it too…so maybe I’ll pick up Code Name Verity soon too! :)

Remember you’ll be able to see C.J. Lyons at this year’s YALL Fest in November! Maybe I can get her to do a Gator Chomp photo with me! :)

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Lauren Oliver

Hi there everyone!

So, I’ve been talking a lot about YALL Fest recently.  Mostly because I don’t know if I’ll be able to act like an actual adult when I am surrounded by 50 of the most amazing YA authors. I’m afraid I’ll just start fangirling and we’ll have another experience like the one with Rain Pheonix (Yes. THAT Pheonix family) where I told her I love her and her brother in the bathroom at a bar…yeah she looked at me like I was a crazy person. Which I guess in that moment…I kind of was!

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Well,  we definitely don’t want any of those freakout fangirl moments at YALL Fest. For the sake of the authors and my pride.

Fangirl or not BookTasty is bringing you another YALL Fest author interview and today’s author in question is the awesome Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium series,  and Liesl & Po!

Let’s see what she has to say:

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

Coffee!

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

Honestly, neither. It’s just every single line in between that feels impossible.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Aim for truth and beauty will follow.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

I have fourteen tattoos. I can fall asleep any time, any place. I have a phobia of worms. I hate fruit. I wrote my first novel largely on my Blackberry.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

In my sunroom in upstate New York.

What are you working on now?

Two different middle grade books and an untitled young adult novel that my agent described as “the most disturbing thing he’s ever read.” Oops!

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

I love realistic books that include just a hint of fantasy.

Delirium by Lauren OliverLiesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

Is it weird that I kind of want to sit in that sunroom in upstate New York with a mug of tea while I watch Lauren Oliver write?!

Because I totally do! :)

If you’re a fan of Lauren Oliver and her books you definitely should not miss the YALL Fest in Charleston on Saturday November 5!

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YALL Fest Author Interview: Cinda Williams Chima

Hi there everyone!

Have I told you that I’m going to my first ever YALL Fest in Charleston soon?!

Well I am!

YALL Fest is a young adult centered book festival with 50 of the nation’s top YA authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.  Some of the authors who will be at this November 9, event are Rae Carson, Libba Bray, Heather Brewer, Shannon Hale, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth and TONS more! Yeah…I’m pretty excited. These are seriously my celebrities, guys!

Another author, who I’d like to spotlight today, is fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima. She writes young adult Cinda Williams Chimafantasy and will be at this year’s YALL Fest (YAY!)   Honestly, I haven’t yet read any of the books in her Seven Realms series or the Heir chronicles, but I have had my eyes on them which is why I jumped at the chance to feature today’s author interview! And let me say that I am thrilled to be participating in a little blog hop to help promote YALL Fest and these awesome authors!

So, without further ado, let’s go ahead and get to know Cinda Williams Chima a little bit better!

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

A computer

Describe your book in 5 words

Wizards misbehave, magic goes mutant.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

Usually the lines in between.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Give yourself permission to write badly.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1.  I am a twin.

2. I am named after a character in a novel.

3. I didn’t really start driving until I was 27.

4. I am descended from Puritans and scoundrels.

5. I used to be in a folk music band.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

On a balcony overlooking the ocean.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing The Sorcerer Heir, the fifth book in a trilogy.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

When I’m finished with a full-length novel.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima   The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Don’t forget that Cinda’s two series, The Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles are available in stores and online from Hyperion Books.

I cannot wait for November 9th!