YALLFEST is the largest book festival in the south. This year there are more than 40 Young Adult Authors - from Veronica Roth to Lauren Oliver scheduled to be there.
To gear up for the book festival, we'll be hosting some interviews with different authors that will be attending! Today's author is Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! (Read last week's interview with Kami Garcia here.)
Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time. Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What I love about YA is that I don't have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever. I'm not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading is all over the place, but right now I'm reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with some literary fiction thrown in.
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone I meet. It's just that good.
What are you working on now?
A secret project that is secret. But I'm wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be too.
SECRET PROJECT?! O_O
Make sure you don't miss your chance to see her, and all the amazing authors that will be at YALLFEST this year!
Check them out here!
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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (2012)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (2014)