YALLFest Interview: Sean Williams

I’m pretty sure that I’ll be instant best friends with author Sean Williams when I meet him at YALLFest in Charleston in November. Not only does he write about one of my favorite things in the world–Star Wars–but he’s also a fan of my favorite TV series.  Yep, I just know we’ll be BFFs in no time…

Check out a quick interview with Sean below.

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

The right music. And chocolate as a reward when I finish.

Describe your book in 5 words

Jump meets Uglies. But different.

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

The first line is often the hardest to write, but I like a good challenge. The line I like writing the least is the last because it means I have a whole load of rewriting ahead of me.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Give up. If you can do that, you’ll be happier and probably better off as a result. If you can’t, then you know writing is exactly the right thing for you!

  1. I live in Adelaide, South Australia, a place that’s home to about a million other people but somehow feels like a small town, which is why I love it.
  2. I still think music from the 1980s is cool.
  3. My stepson has situs invertus, which means his heart is on the wrong side of his body. That’s not really about me, but it is pretty random.
  4. I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who.
  5. I’m minding a pair of green tree frogs, Skipper and Jumpy, for a young friend while she’s overseas with her family. You can see pictures of them on my Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/seanwilliamsauthor/.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

In my study, a lovely upstairs nook containing all my favorite book-related things, but I’ve trained myself to write anywhere as long as I have my headphones and some music. I quite like writing in hotels, probably because someone else does all the household chores.

What are you working on now?

Crashland, the sequel to Twinmaker.

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I can’t wait to meet my new best friend, Sean Williams, at YALLFest!  For more information on this event, visit  http://yallfest.org/Facebook, or Twitter.

 

YALLFest Interview: C.J. Lyons

Greetings, folks!  It’s time for another interview with one of the wonderful authors attending YALLFest in November.  Today’s interview features C.J. Lyons, a former pediatric ER doctor who now spends her days writing thrillers!

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Describe your book in 5 words.

CJ: Girl dying of broken heart (literally)

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

CJ: The first. I’ll often return to it over and over again until I’ve sliced and diced and fine-honed it to that perfect combination of intrigue, visceral reaction, and emotional connection with the reader.

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

CJ: Code Name Verity because it is so emotionally honest and inspiring, empowering, not to mention gut-wrenching. Really brings the era to life as well as the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

CJ: When I was a kid I worked summer stock theatre and was actually a theatre major undergrad before switching to pre-med. I’ve had two hard landings in helicopters while working as a flight doc. I survived rampaging Cape Horn Buffalo and a pack of wild baboons, not to mention a leopard (he’s already eaten) while hiking in Hells Gate Park in Kenya. I’m a Capricorn. I diagnosed my niece with the heart condition that’s at the center of my YA thriller, BROKEN.

What are you working on now?

CJ: DAMAGED, my next YA thriller, due out in 2014. It deals with the really tough topic of abuse and coercion and is the most difficult book I’ve ever tackled—there have been times while writing when I was literally in tears as I typed.

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

CJ: I created my own genre of Thrillers with Heart—I love writing fast paced stories with raising stakes but centered on the emotional heart of an evolving relationship. As for reading, I read almost every genre but especially love YA, magical realism, and thrillers. As long as a story grabs me by the throat and won’t let me go because I’m too worried about what the characters are going through, I’ll read it and love it.

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I look forward to meeting C.J. and many other lovely authors at YALLFest!  For more information on this event, visit  http://yallfest.org/Facebook, or Twitter.