YALLFest Interview: Jocelyn Davies

The countdown is on! We’re less than two weeks away from YALLFest, the biggest young adult book festival in the South! (How lucky am I that it’s in my home state?!) Today, we’re getting ready for this spectacular event with another author interview.

Jocelyn Davies is today’s featured author. You may know Jocelyn from her Beautiful Dark series (A Beautiful Dark, A Fractured Light, and A Radiant Sky). (I’m ashamed to say that I still haven’t started this series.  Like so many others, it’s definitely on my “to-read” list.  I’ll get to it as soon as I can…especially since I fully intend to get the entire series autographed in just a few days!)

Let’s learn a little more about Jocelyn!


Images from Goodreads

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

COFFEE! And a cocoon of silence.

Describe your book in 5 words.

Girl has angel blood, torn.

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

It differs from book to book–really, it’s anyone’s guess! Sometimes, the first line is hardest, because I’m just getting started and I’m not warmed up yet, and by the time I get to the end, I’ve got the momentum of an entire book to propel me into that last line. Then again, sometimes a first line just pops into my head, and the whole idea unfolds from there. There’s usually no way to know what is going to happen until it’s happening, which is often the approach I take to writing.

Best writing tip you ever received?

“Create interesting characters, give them an excuse to meet, and the story will write itself.”

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

  1. I’m a dog person–cats kind of freak me out.
  2. I was a theater kid in high school. I used to dream of being an Oscar-winning actress.
  3. I love everything about autumn.
  4. I live a few blocks away from my best friend from high school.
  5. In my day job, I’m also a children’s book editor.

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

I love magical realism—a novel that’s set in the real world, but ever-so-slightly different.

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

I usually have a pretty strong sense right from the moment the idea comes to me. I start writing knowing I’m embarking on a novel.


To whet your appetite (and mine) for meeting Jocelyn Davies at YALLFest, let’s have a look at the book trailer for the first book in her series, A Beautiful Dark!

That’s all for now.  I hope you’re gearing up for YALLFest like I am.  If you’d like to learn more about YALLFest, check out the event on FacebookTwitter, and the YALLFest website!  See you there!

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