Here we are, the week before YALLFEST 2013! I am already getting together my books and planning on which books I’ll be purchasing while there. 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. If you would like more information regarding YALLFEST, click HERE.
And you can view my post about YALLFEST 2012, HERE.
Today we have an interview from Jocelyn Davies, author the A Beautiful Dark Trilogy
- 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. Theres 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.
I’m a dog person–cats kind of freak me out.
I was a theater kid in high school. I used to dream of being an Oscar-winning actress.
I love everything about autumn.
I live a few blocks away from my best friend from high school.
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.
Jocelyn Davies is the author of A BEAUTIFUL DARK and A FRACTURED LIGHT. She edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books.