Get to know the amazing authors attending YA Fest 2015!
Author of Swimming Through Clouds, Seeing Through Stone, and Soaring Through Stars.
YA Fest: Favorite YA authors you admire?
Rajdeep Paulus: Judy Blume. I learned everything about growing up from her.
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Rajdeep: Wonder. Most incredible book I think I’ve ever read.
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Rajdeep: To offer diversity to an ever changing faces of American teens. And… Shamelessly to write the books I’ve always wanted to read. 🙂
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Rajdeep: From Tosca Lee: “Write as if no one will ever read it. Then you have no fear and you can write the story you were meant to write.”
YA Fest: What are you currently working on? (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Rajdeep: When her ex emails her twenty years later to apologize, he agrees to let her write a novel about their high school romance and how they were both shaped by it.
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Rajdeep: Not the stories themselves, but definitely little details of characters, like a favorite color or taste in music or choice of bubblegum. And occasionally a line of dialogue.