Get to know the amazing authors attending YA Fest 2015 in October!

Jaclyn Dolamore

Author of the Magic Under Glass series and the Dark Metropolis series.


YA Fest: Favorite YA authors?
Jaclyn Dolamore: I am weirdly not that loyal to particular authors in that, there are authors I like and books I love. It’s rare that an author will produce multiple books I love to pieces because there are very particular (bordering on odd?) things I like to see in a book. So I’m just going to throw out some of my favorite titles of all time: A TRUE AND FAITHFUL NARRATIVE by Katharine Sturtevant, THE HOLLOW KINGDOM by Clare Dunkle, GRACELING by Kristin Cashore, A LONG, LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan, FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell.
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Jaclyn: STARGLASS by Phoebe North, MAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron, OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black.
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Jaclyn: My mom used to write down stories I would dictate to her before I was old enough to write. I still have the notebook. I told stories about bears and my Grandma. So I guess I must’ve been born with the urge to tell a story, and it always burned within me. I first checked the “Writer’s Market” out from the library to research how to sell a novel when I was about 10. I was homeschooled and sometimes I spent entire days of my childhood lost in my fantasy worlds, writing, drawing and playing pretend games with my sister.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Jaclyn: Read a lot, and don’t forget non-fiction! Some people will tell you to “write what you know”…well, you don’t need to take that too literally, but non-fiction will expand what you know and many non-fiction books are as compelling as any novel. Plus, then you can bring up these random smart facts at parties, or at your first job, the one where your coworkers already think you’re weird (okay, maybe I’m not that good at fitting in).
YA Fest: What are you currently working on?  (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Jaclyn: It’s set in a parallel world where magic exists, but the denizens have been bootlegging pop culture from Earth, so it’s a modernized fantasy world. Alfred is the heir of a family of illegal potions dealers, and Olivia grew up in America because her mother was hiding from enemies (Alfred’s family). Naturally, romance ensues. It’s like “The Godfather” written like a romantic anime series.

YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Jaclyn: I’m often inspired by historical events and figures. Rarely by people I actually know.

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