Voices of YA Tag!

Tag, you’re it!

I guess I’m IT, but not like scary demon clown Pennywise. I was tagged by the wonderful, and wonderfully talented Julie Sullivan (@_JM_Sullivan) on Twitter. I’m trying to get into the whole blogging game, so this seems like a fun way to keep it up!

So here’s the game. It’s an online tag designed by @CaitlinALambert of Quills and Coffee, and a great way to get to know more writerly folk! So, here are the rules.


Thank the person who tagged you
Link to the original creator
Answer the ten questions
Tag at LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers

Now let’s play!



What draws you to YA?

I think what draws me most is that this is a really pivotal age. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m mostly drawn to it because it’s a way to relive my teen years and be a badass.

Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

I hate outlines. I tried doing it once and I ended up making over a hundred origami cranes. George R.R. Martin said that writers are either architects or gardeners. Most people aren’t solely one thing, but they tend to lean towards one side. Architects plan everything from where the windows are to the outlets, while gardeners dig a hole, plant a seed, and water it with their blood. Gardeners aren’t completely ignorant – they know what they’ve planted, but they’re aware that it depends on the weather and how much blood they give. Like George R.R. Martin, I’m more of a gardener. When I come up with an idea, I sit there and I let the story unfold. I usually have an idea of how I want the story to end, but I enjoy watching everything unravel in front of me as I write.

How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing since junior high. Obviously, I didn’t write anything serious or life-changing at that time. I took writing more seriously when I started college. That was a total shit-show. Right now, my first book is being published, and I’m about to start an MFA program in creative writing at CalArts. I’m pretty excited about both of those!

What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

I need coffee and some form of earbuds or headphones. I don’t actually listen to music all the time when I write, but I like to write with something in my ears or over them. (It’s a little weird – I know.)

If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

Write what you want. If you want to write about lesbians in space who are pirates, then I say GO FOR IT. Like Nike always says, “Just Do It.” (This is not an ad.)


What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m one of those jerks who guesses the twist pretty quickly, or if I don’t guess it, I’m not usually on the floor rolling around like, “OH MY GODS!!!

What books are you most anticipating for this year?

Basically anything in Pen Name Publishing‘s catalog. I’ve read the ARCs for Something Beautiful by the talented Amanda Gernentz Hanson, and Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by JM Sullivan, both of which I absolutely loved and had multiple moments where I screamed, YASSSSS. I’m in the process of reading Tobacco Sun by Lorna Hollifield, and Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser, both of which I have heard great, GREAT things about.

In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

I’m going to have to go with The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I don’t know, I just like the idea of an effed up world where they put kids in mazes like lab rats.

What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)?

Erm, yeah, that is mean. I’m just going to go with the first quote that pops into my mind, and it’s from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – “Life in District 12 isn’t really so different from life in the arena. At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.”

What book do you most hope will have a movie adaption?

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. I think it’d be interesting to see that adapted for film.


Who did I catch?!

If you wanna play along, comment below with the link to your tag! I’d love to read it!

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