Get to know the fabulous authors joining us at YA Fest 2015!
Author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction!
YA Fest: Favorite YA authors?
Robin Constantine: Sarah Dessen, Maggie Stiefvater, Markcus Zusak
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year?
Robin: No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown, NIL by Lynne Matson, 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen, Soulprintby Megan Miranda, Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
YA Fest:How/why did you start writing?
Robin: I can’t really pinpoint one moment that made me say Yes, I want to be an author! It was more like a slow realization. I loved to write, kept journals and dabbled in short stories but wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take – Journalism? Public relations? Marketing? I loved writing fiction and knew I wanted to write books, but it seemed so intangible to me once I graduated from college and had to find a job. It wasn’t until I had my first child that I even attempted to write a book – I tried different categories – picture book, middle grade but my voice kept bringing me back to YA. It’s a time when everything is so important and life is in front of you, so many choices! So much built in drama and tension! Then a story idea kept nagging me and I figured why not? My first novel was awful but it taught me how to stick with something long enough to create a beginning, middle and an end. My second attempt connected me with my agent. My third was The Promise of Amazing.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Robin: Don’t be so focused or goal oriented when you first start out – have fun, experiment. Live. Find out what you love about writing – this will be your anchor when inspiration doesn’t strike. Read extensively!
YA Fest: What are you currently working on?
Robin: I’m working on a dual point-of-view romance set at the beach. I love summer stories.
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Robin: Yes. No. Maybe. There are parts of my books that have been inspired by people I’ve encountered and situations I’ve found myself in – but by the time it reaches the page they or it becomes something else entirely. Nothing I write is solely autobiographical but I’ve built upon things that have happened in my life, for sure. I never would have said I was that inspired by my high school, but when I went back for a reunion, I realized it was the high school I had in my head while I wrote both The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. That was quite unconscious but eye opening.