Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.
Author of Man-Made Boy and This Broken Wondrous World, amongst others.
YA Fest: Favorite YA authors?
Jon Skovron: This is a really tough question because some of my favorite YA authors are also some of my favorite people in general. Holly Black, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Libba Bray, Kelly Link, Stephanie Perkins…I COULD GO ON FOREVER!!!! THERE ARE JUST SO MANY AWESOME YA AUTHORS!!!
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Jon: Ironically, this one is tough because I haven’t been reading a lot of YA lately. Mostly I’ve been reading stuff for research. ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins was a sheer delight. Can I count LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Claire? I don’t know if it will be out this year, though…
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Jon: Because it was better than working in a warehouse? No, that’s not right. For fun and profit? Hmm, still a bit shabby. How about: To take the chaos that constantly howls around my ears and turn it into something lovely? I guess that’ll do.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Jon: Persist! In the face of failure, discouragement, disapproving looks from peers, and even your own doubts, PERSIST!
YA Fest: What are you currently working on? (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Jon: I am currently working on my Swashbuckling Kung Fu Gangster Pirate Romance trilogy. The first book, HOPE & RED, will be out June 2016.
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Jon: Both my characters and settings are partially inspired by real people and places, and partially inspired by some weird part of me that decides that troll girls are totally viable romantic interests.