Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.

Lisa Colozza Cocca

Author of Providence.

Lisa Colozza Cocca
Lisa Colozza Cocca

YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?

Lisa Colozza Cocca: Another favorites question and another non-answer! There are just so many good ones out there and favoring one title might be slighting an equally great title.


YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?

Lisa: Between raising children and working as a teacher and as a school librarian, I was lucky enough to read truckloads of great books written for children and young adults. I also had the opportunity to see how books affect readers and how they connect readers. Seeing these connections made me want to write. Even though I hadn’t written anything since college, I sat down and gave it a try.


YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?

Lisa: Thomas Edison said “genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” I think the same is true of writing. Don’t stop when it gets hard; work your way through it.

YA Fest: What are you currently working on?  (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Lisa: Can you ever be too happy? Yes, you can be.


YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?

Lisa: The seedling for the plot to PROVIDENCE was a story on the evening news about a girl who found an abandoned baby. The story for a manuscript we’re shopping now came to me in my sleep. The main characters in my current WIP are loosely based on a couple of girls I met while doing school visits. The one thing all three have in common is that once they got into my head they wouldn’t leave until I wrote them down!


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