YALLFest Interview: Lisa McMann

Okay…so I’m kind of fangirling a little over today’s YALLFest interview with Lisa McMann. I’ve read several of her amazing novels, and those I haven’t read are definitely on my to-read list. Here’s a list of Lisa’s books:

Lisa has also been a featured author in Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction and Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories.

Let’s learn a little more about the fabulous Lisa McMann!

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

Silence.

Best writing tip you ever received?

“Think of the one thing your main character would never, ever do. Now make her do it.”

What are you working on now?

We’ll be ramping up the releases of books 5, 6, and 7 in the Unwanteds series, so I’m working on Unwanteds book 5 right now.

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

I really enjoy writing in a variety of genres, from realistic to paranormal to dystopian fantasy. At the moment, fantasy is winning, but that could change at any moment. My favorite genre to read is memoir.

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

As soon as I have a one line concept that gives me a little shiver.

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I’m so excited I have the opportunity to meet Lisa McMann and dozens of other fantastic authors at YALLFest!  Join me, won’t you?

If you want to learn more about YALLFest, check out the event on FacebookTwitter, and the YALLFest website!  I know the keynote with Veronica Roth (!!!!!!) and Rae Carson is sold out, but I think tickets are still available for the YA Smackdown. Everything else is free!

YALLFest Interview: Melissa de la Cruz

Today’s YALLFest interview is with author Melissa de la Cruz. I’ve read a few of Melissa’s books, but, considering just how much she’s written, that’s not saying much!

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

Fear. Sometimes rage. I find that to truly focus I need to feel panic, and then suddenly everything in my manuscript becomes clear. I work best under duress, which is something my editors have learned and they’re quite good at instilling fear in me. I appreciate that! I also work well with many distractions, I think it’s because I had a day job for nine years and had to write my books in the middle of doing my real work.

Describe your book in 5 words

Post-apocalyptic. Zombie. Dragon. Pirate. Fantasy.

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

The first, definitely.

Best writing tip you ever received?

To introduce the love interest in the first 30 pages, not that specifically but learning that there was CRAFTING involved in writing a novel, not just voice.

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

Harry Potter. Because! I don’t think I have to explain.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

  1. I was a child model.
  2. My favorite One Direction guy was Harry, but now it is Louis.
  3. I have a Maltese named Mimi. She is not named for Mimi Force, our kid named her.
  4. I learned to drive at 34.
  5. I like savory treats better than sweet.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

In a cubicle, surrounded by softly ringing phones and people murmuring. Sadly this is no longer possible for me.

What are you working on now?

My new series THE RING AND THE CROWN coming next spring from Disney-Hyperion.

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

YA Fantasy and Paranormal. My favorite genre to read is “literary” fiction, but I would have to say I really enjoy bestsellers just as much, I like popular fiction, no matter what genre, I like to read what a lot of people are reading and take the pulse of the culture. But for my own taste, I love smart angry women writers like Lionel Shriver and Kate Christensen.  Also cookbook memoirs.

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

When we’ve sold it!

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This Sunday is a big day for Melissa.  A new Lifetime series based on her book, Witches of East End, premieres Sunday at 10pm EST.  Based on everything I’ve seen, this is definitely a show I plan to watch!

Melissa de la Cruz will be at YALLFest in November. For more information on the event, go to http://yallfest.org/Facebook, or Twitter.