Google+ Reading Teen: Interview with Julia Karr, author of XVI

Monday, April 11, 2011

Interview with Julia Karr, author of XVI

Today, as part of the Cornucopia of Dystopia event, we're happy to bring you yet another Dystopian author, Jula Karr.  Julia wrote XVI (Sixteen), and is here to talk to us about her book! 

Hey, Julia, thanks so much for chatting with us today!  Before we start, would you mind describing your book to us in five words?
Feminist Young Adult Dystopian Thriller
Those are some of my favorite qualities in a book!  Dystopians have quickly become one of my new favorites.  What made you decide to write a dystopian novel?
I think the novel decided I needed to write it. It would not have been my first choice! It's just where the story took me.
With so many new dystopians on the market right now, what sets your book apart?
It's really relatable to our current culture, in that it's not too hard to believe it could happen based upon what's going on in our world today. And, besides the dystopian element, it's a mystery. Also, I've heard (based on some reviews I've read) that it tackles issues a lot of books shy away from.
XVIThis was one of my favorite Dystopian covers.  I love how she is looking through the Roman numerals!  It's just very dramatic!  Did you get any say in how it looked?

I did not. As a matter of fact, the design team at Penguin did something completely different than anything my editor and I had thought about. I love the cover!
Well, they did a fantastic job!!  When writing XVI, how much did your own life experiences effect your writing?
I doubt any author can write without some of their life experiences sneaking into their books. There are elements in XVI that I know about firsthand.
Are you working on anything now? Can you tell us about it?
I just sent the first edited pages of the sequel (TRUTH) to my editor. But, I can't tell you about it! :) 
Well, I know that people will be waiting on pins and needles for that one to come out!  Thanks so much, Julia for taking the time to answer our questions!!  We wish you the best of luck!

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1 comment:

  1. This was a really good book. I didn't know it was part of a series, though. I wonder what the sequel is about...


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