Google+ Reading Teen: Interview with The Replacement's Author Brenna Yovanoff

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Interview with The Replacement's Author Brenna Yovanoff

We're participating in a blog tour, hosted by The Bookish Type, celebrating these new and exciting books that have recently released!  Today we're talking to The Replacement's author, Brenna Yovanoff about her new creepy book about a changeling boy, trying to find his place in the world.  

1. Could you explain to us what The Replacement it about?

Hmm . . . I'd say that The Replacement is basically a dark changeling story that takes place in an aging steel town.  It's about love, family, dead things, and finding your place in the world.

2. The Replacement has a pretty creepy story, how did you come up with the story And what inspired you?

Well, I've always loved horror, so it felt pretty natural to borrow elements from that tradition.  Probably my biggest inspiration for the town of Gentry itself would be Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery."  I've always been fascinated by the idea of turning a blind eye—I just think it's so creepy and so compelling. 

3. Are there any authors that have majorly influenced your writing?

I love Francesca Lia Block, and Adam Rapp, but my biggest inspiration was probably Sandra Cisneros.  I read The House on Mango Street when I was 15 and it completely changed the way I thought about fiction.   

4. In The Replacement main character Mackie Doyle is pretty music obsessed, are you as well? Are there any bands in particular that have influenced your writing?

This is kind of funny, but I'm actually terrible at music.  I like listening to it, but I don't understand it at all.   Most of the bands I like are very clever with language and use great imagery, so you can tell I'm an English major all the way!  My all-round favorite band is probably Firewater—they were definitely an inspiration for the house band in The Replacement. 

5. What inspired the characters in The Replacement?

Really, I'd have to say that the story did.  I knew I wanted to write about a changeling in modern society, and everything else kind of evolved out of that. I had the situation in my head right off the bat, but I kind of had to learn the characters as I went along. 

 6. When did you know for sure you wanted to be a writer?

I think I always knew, starting as early as about 11, but it wasn't until I was about 20 that I started thinking it might actually be possible.  After that, pretty much every life-choice I made was focused making it happen.  

The Replacement7. The cover art for The Replacement is pretty amazing, did you have any input on it?

None whatsoever, and I absolutely could not be happier! The photographer is Jonathan Barkat and the designer is Natalie Sousa, and I think they both did just the most incredible job!

Thanks for having me, guys!

 Thank you, Brenna!!  


  1. I *loved* The Replacement!! It is the most amazing changeling story I've ever read, and I agree the cover is awesome! Great interview! :)

  2. I love this interview. Wow, you knew you wanted to be a writer at the age I am now. Very cool.

  3. Great interview. I just added The Replacement to my wishlist today

  4. Great interview! I adore the house band in The Replacement - I'll have to check out Firewater!

  5. I really liked The Replacement, I think it was one of the best books I read this year.

  6. This book's cover and book trailer are really creepy and I loved!


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