Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.
Author of Not a Drop to Drink, In a Handful of Dust
and the upcoming A Madness So Discreet
YA Fest: Who are some of your favorite YA authors?
Mindy McGinnis: I’ll read anything by fellow YA Fest authors Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta… but they’re also my crit partners so IDK if that counts. I love Julie Murphy, Erin Bowman and Rae Carson as well.
YA Fest: What are some of your favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Mindy: DUMPLIN by Julie Murphy for sure, VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman, and NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio.
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Mindy: I’ve always daydreamed stories, so I just took the step of making them concrete.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Mindy: Read, read, read.
YA Fest: What are you currently working on?
Mindy: I’m finishing up the first draft of my fantasy series, GIVEN TO THE SEA, that will release in 2017. It’s about warring cultures on an island where the sea is rising, and everyone is running out of livable room.
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Mindy: No, never. I think basing your characters on real people is a very dangerous thing… especially when your books have a high as body count as mine tend to.