So one of my favorite authors in the whole wide world has a new book coming out tomorrow (April 5th) and just because she’s the most amazing person in the whole wide world she agreed to do a short q&a for me 😀 here are the results
- How did you know you want to be an author? Was it something you knew you wanted to do from a young age or did you fall into it?
I have always loved telling stories. It’s just been part of who I am for as long as I can remember. But it wasn’t until I was twelve years old that I realized writing could be an actual job. That was when I decided that I would write fiction for a living.
- How do you approach writing a novel? DO you create the world first or the story?
That really depends. Sometimes the world comes first. Sometimes the story. Sometimes they grow at the same time. But pretty often, there’s a character in a situation (like with OQ, it was a little girl saving a little boy from her own people) and when I start digging through what that idea reveals, it’s a world and story already there — I just have to pull it out.
- If you could have conversations with any other author living or dead who would you choose and why?
I am in the happy position of being able to talk with a lot of my favorite authors! Some are already my friends! Some I admire from afar. And there’s not really just one I’d like to choose — there are a ton! Mostly, they are smart, thoughtful women who tell absolutely incredible stories.
- They say that it’s almost impossible to write a character with none of yourself in them – what parts of you do any of the Orphan Queen characters (especially Wilhelmina) possess?
Wilhelmina is very loyal to her friends; I like to think I’m just as loyal. Black Knife is uncharacteristically optimistic for a vigilante; I would like to think the same thing about myself. Except I’m not a vigilante.
As far as you know.
- Favorite Snack food?
- Do you have any fun writing rituals? (like listening to music or drinking a specific tea while you write)
I love drinking coffee while I write, but apparently coffee is bad for anxiety? Such betrayal! I’m trying to lean toward tea more, when I want something hot to drink. But usually I just go for water.
- If you could go back in time and give your teenage self advice what would it be?
I’d give her the same advice she already knew: Work hard and don’t give up.
- What are some of your favorite YA novels?
I’m not sure I can really limit this! But some of my favorite recent novels:
THE SHADOW QUEEN by CJ Redwine
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson
GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers
- If you could choose a period in history to live in besides this one which would it be? And why?
Maybe the utopian future? History hasn’t been kind to ladies, or personal hygiene.
- Last question- Any tidbits you can share about what’s coming after Mirror King?
Certainly! Well, you probably know that MY LADY JANE is coming in June, my co-authored novel with Brodi Ashton and Cynthia Hand. And as far as solo stuff goes, I have another fantasy trilogy starting in Fall 2017. It has dragons.
Thank you so much Jodi for answering my questions! Stay tuned and I might be holding a giveaway soon so make sure you subscribe to my blog ❤