YallFest is fast approaching! November 9th is the big day, and one author you won’t want to miss is Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer series. The last book of the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, is out next June, so it’s a good time to catch up with these books! Also, the first book is on sale for $5 for kindle right now.
Here is an interview the YALLFest team did with Michelle!
Describe your book in 5 words:
Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock.
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time. Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What I love about YA is that I don’t have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever. I’m not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading is all over the place, but right now I’m reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with some literary fiction thrown in.
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone I meet. It’s just that good.
What are you working on now?
A secret project that is secret. But I’m wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be too.
Questions about YALLFest? Head over to their website (yallfest.org) to find out more.