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

Cyn Balog

Author of Touched and Dead River, amongst others.

As Nicholla Reilly, author of Drowned.


YA Fest: Favorite YA authors?
Cyn Balog: Too many to name!


YA Fest:How/why did you start writing?
Cyn: I wrote my first book right after I learned how to read, because I assumed that was the natural progression– you learn to read books, then you write them. It never occurred to me that it was something most people didn’t do!


YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Cyn: Never give up. Talent is nice to have, but most successful authors are just incredibly persistent and ignore the negatives. Yes, becoming a successfully published author isn’t easy, but if it was, everyone would do it.

YA Fest: What are you currently working on?  (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Cyn:It’s a contemporary YA novel about a girl who starts to question everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend when she discovers a mysterious photograph among his things a year after his suicide.


YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Cyn: My characters are usually amalgams of several people I know, and bits of my stories may have been extracted from real life. While I’ve never had a fairy boyfriend or been able to predict the future, some of the more mundane events in my books– for example, having a first job in a bakery, crabbing on the Jersey Shore– are ones that I’ve experienced myself.


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