Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.
Janice Gable Bashman
Author of Predator.
YA Fest: Favorite YA authors? Illustrators you admire?
Janice Gable Bashman: My favorite YA authors are Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Jandy Nelson, Laurie Halse Anderson, A.S. King, Sherman Alexie Jenny, Han, Nancy Holder, Veronica Roth, Jay Asher, J.K. Rowling, Allen Zadoff, Markus Zusak, and many others.
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Janice: TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (Jenny Han), WE WERE LIARS (E. Lockhart), THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY (Laurie Halse Anderson), GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE (A.S. King).
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Janice: I always wanted to write, but it took me a very long time to actually do so. One of my favorite memories is of going to the library on Saturday mornings, checking out a huge stack of books, coming home and spreading them across the floor, deciding what order to read them, and then digging in to those pages that magically transformed me to another world. Along with my love of reading came my desire to write. I’d hold a pencil in my hand and imagine what it could create (as an extension of me). Imagined the power it held. Thought of all the authors I read. I was enamored with their abilities to create wonderful stories from words, from their imaginations. To me, that was the ultimate achievement. It was something I only dreamed of doing, something I aspired to accomplish.
Although I wrote character sketches and short stories while in school, I didn’t write much until about six years ago. And I haven’t stopped since. My young adult novel PREDATOR came out in 2014. I’ve published numerous short stories in anthologies and magazines, and I wrote WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE with NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jonathan Maberry.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Janice: Remember that you’re writing because you love to write, because you have something to say that is meaningful. Be persistent, believe in yourself and in your talent, and don’t give up.
YA Fest: What are you currently working on? (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Janice: I’m working on another young adult novel that is in the beginning stages. I don’t even have an elevator pitch for it yet, but I’m really excited about the concept.
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Janice: For my young adult novel PREDATOR, I came across some articles about bog bodies and was fascinated by how the people died – most were murdered—and how the bodies were preserved by the bogs for thousands of years. Because I’ve always been interested in science, genetic engineering, and mythology, I tapped into the Benandanti mythology (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), gave it a new twist, and combined it with a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics. I interviewed a world-famous geneticist to help me figure out how to create werewolves using modern-day science and how it can go horrible wrong.
Although fact and mythology drive my plot, I created my protagonist Bree completely from my imagination. She’s smart, intuitive, and curious. She’s really into science, but she is also a typical teen who falls in love with Liam, a mysterious Irish teen. Bree can be headstrong and she stands up for her beliefs, no matter what the consequences. She’s a kick-butt heroine yet she is also caring and kind.