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What do you love most about the young adult genre?
Everyone changes and grows so much throughout their entire life, especially in their teenage years. I think we get so many major life-lessons in that time, and you get to explore a lot of that in the YA genre.
You describe yourself in your bio as a huge nerd. Let’s hear it – what’s the nerdiest thing about you? (No worries – this is a judgment-free zone!)
I talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender ALL THE TIME, way more than my family and friends can stand to hear, I wear a Hufflepuff lanyard to work every day (it’s awesome when people recognize it and tell me what their house is), I collect various Disney, Tim Burton, Sailor Moon, and Adventure Time plushies and figurines (especially Funko Pops!), and I own a really awesome rendition of Luke’s light saber (I may or may not wish on a daily basis that it was real, and that I was strong in the force).
Your series War on the Gods is inspired by Greek mythology. Have you always been interested in the subject?
When I was between 11-12 years old I read a trilogy called AVATARS by Tui T. Sutherland. It was so good I read it in about 24 hours! It featured mythologies from all around the world, including Greek mythology, and that’s basically what started my love for it. The trilogy didn’t feature enough Greek mythology to satisfy my craving for it, so I started going to the library and checking out every book I could find on it, and I’ve loved it dearly ever since. It’s a part of my identity now.
How did you get the idea for the series?
Around the same time I was going to the library and learning about Greek mythology, I wondered to myself, “What if the Greek gods were real? What if they were angry enough at humanity for forgetting them/deciding they were myths that they decided to destroy the world? Who would save it?” and the idea just grew from there.
Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?
I started out as a pantser and quickly realized it most certainly was not for me. I make outlines now, and even if I change up some things I stick to the basic idea of the outline at the very least.
What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
The last book I read was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is a Jungle Book retelling except the little boy goes and lives in a graveyard and is cared for by ghosts. I absolutely LOVED it. If you haven’t read I highly recommend it. It’s the kind of book that has you guessing all the way through, and it left me in tears at the end.
What’s next on your TBR list?
Right now I’m reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for extra credit in my English class, but I really want to be reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Not that Alice isn’t great, I’ve just heard that Children of Blood and Bone has reminded a couple people of Avatar: The Last Airbender ha-ha!
Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?
It depends. If I’m reading an author I’ve never read anything from before, I’d prefer the eBook because if I end up not liking it it’s not taking up space on my shelf. But if it’s a book or author I know and love, I want it on my shelf to look pretty.
When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?
I use bookmarks! Who folds corners?!
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
It’s okay to be alone; you don’t need anybody but yourself.
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