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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: 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!