Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.
Author of Family, Amity, and the upcoming The Devil and Winnie Flynn.
YA Fest: Favorite YA Authors? Illustrators you admire?
Micol Ostow: I can never pick one favorite because there are so many talented writers out there and new books being published every day! Books I’ve enjoyed recently include THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jen E. Smith, THE WALLS AROUND US by Nova Ren Suma, and PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard. I’m looking forward to the forthcoming DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy and EDGEWATER by Courtney Sheinmel. My TBR pile is pretty tall!
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Micol: Last fall’s THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin was such a triumph! Really captivating and nuanced, and the different types of media included throughout made it extra engaging. I loved, also, that it truly blurred the lines between fiction and fact – it’s easy to mistake Addison for a real person! Also, Lynn Weingarten’s SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS was twisty and breathless. I highly recommend both.
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Micol: I’ve basically always been a writer. I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, and I probably started writing them down as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. I don’t think there was a “why” behind it – it was more like I didn’t have a choice. There were too many ideas crowding in my brain that needed to come out. I’m just lucky someone was finally willing to pay me for them so I didn’t have to go get a real, grown-up job.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Micol: Read everything and write, write, write. Find a supportive network of writers who will engage with you, not just about your work itself but about the whole emotional process. Don’t get precious or proud. Be open to revision.
YA Fest: What are you currently working on? (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Micol: I have a chapter book series about a fearless young trapeze artist called LOUISE TRAPEZE that just came out in July, and I’m currently working on book 4 in the series. I’ve been toying with the hints of a new YA concept, too, but it’s way too early to say more. Stay tuned!
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Micol: Some of them are! FAMILY was inspired by the Manson family murders of 1969, and AMITY was a new spin on THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. THE DEVIL AND WINNIE FLYNN is wholly fictional, but obviously the legend of the NJ Devil and other Jersey mythology plays heavily into Winnie’s summer spent ghost-busting across the Garden State.