Monday, September 23, 2013

YALLFEST author interview | Rainbow Rowell

I am so excited to be able to host this next YALLFEST author interview. If you’ve followed Turning Pages since the start, then you have probably heard me talk about YALLFEST at one point or another. I attended YALLFEST for the first time last November and had an amazing time! And in two months, I will be back in Charleston, SC to attend again. If you live anywhere remotely close to Charleston and you love YA. . .GO! It’s an incredible time and you’ll just love Blue Bicycle Books. In fact, it is one of my most favorite indie bookstores I’ve ever been to.
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And you can view my post about YALLFEST 2012HERE.


It’s the last full week of September meaning we are one week closer to this years YALLFEST! This week, we are starting off with an interview from Rainbow Rowell, the fabulous author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl – her most recent release!

  • What one thing do you need to have when you write?
    Lip balm.
  • Describe your book in 5 words.
    FANGIRL: 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 coffee shops. 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.




Rainbow lives with her husband and two sons in Omaha, Nebraska. Right at this moment, she is probably arguing with someone about something that doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things — or trying to figure out how Sherlock faked his death.


Happy reading!

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