YALLFest Interview: Rainbow Rowell

I’m so excited to bring you yet another interview from one of the fantastic authors attending YALLFest, a young adult book festival right here in beautiful South Carolina.  (The event will be Saturday, November 9th, in Charleston.) Today’s interview is with acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell!

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read either Eleanor & Park or Fangirl yet, but I promise I will soon.  (The books are actually sitting on my coffee table right now.) In the meantime, let’s get to know Rainbow Rowell just a little better!


Images from Goodreads

What one thing do you need to have when you write?

Lip balm.

Describe your book in 5 words.


Earnest, snowy, swoony, minty, bookish.

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

THE FIRST! The whole first page is a nightmare. I want people to just skip it. And I always end up rewriting it.

Best writing tip you ever received?

“Just finish your book.”

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I think it would have made me feel less alone.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

At coffeeshops. In giant overstuffed chairs.

What are you working on now?

I’m revising my adult novel, Landline, which comes out in spring 2014, and playing with a romantic/political/tragicomic fantasy.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To read?

I write mostly contemporary. I read mostly fantasy.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

All of my ideas are full-length novels. I have a hard time narrowing my scope.


To learn more about Rainbow Rowell, visit http://rainbowrowell.com/blog/. For more information on this YALLFest, visit  http://yallfest.org/Facebook, or Twitter.

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