Two authors, one video!! The absolutely AMAZING Marie Lu and Alaya Dawn Johnson answer our tough question: if you woke up tomorrow as a book character, who would you be? (Trust us, this isn’t an easy question!)
The always wonderful Len Vlahos, author of The Scar Boys, answers our challenging question at TTBF this weekend: if you could wake up as any book character, who would you be?
First video from Texas Teen Book Festival! We asked several authors this question: If you could wake up as any book character, who would you be? Our first author is Will Ritter, author of Jackaby! More videos to come!!
Why I’m online…[one of the reasons] is because there’s fanfiction out there focused on that quiet time, that downtime between [my] characters. And as authors, we often rob readers of those moments because we’re moving on to the next plot point.
See what had Ally Condie in tears and ATLANTIA Giveaway!
Please, tell us a little about Atlantia and your decision to write a standalone.
I always knew ATLANTIA would be a standalone—I had the idea for it back in 2011 when I was working on REACHED—and I could tell that the story would be a single-book story. I think this is because I knew how it would end from fairly early on in the process, and so I knew what I was writing toward, if that makes sense. So I never consciously decided, “I want to write a standalone!” It just happened that the story I most wanted to tell next happened to fit into one book. And it was nice! It was great to put everything on the page and not have to worry about a larger story arc.
Atlantia is about humans and sirens (not mermaids!). What drew you to that myth?
Initially, I got the idea for the book from the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Little Mermaid, but I always knew that there wouldn’t be mermaids. I didn’t plan to write the sirens as part of it, but as I kept writing, I could tell that there was an element of magic to the city, and more importantly, to Rio. And I realized that she was a siren. Obviously, I think the association between women and water is what brought sirens to mind, but I think it became inherent to the story because of the theme of women with great power who won’t be silenced.
We learn pretty quickly in Atlantia that Rio, and her twin Bay, are keeping secrets from each other. How does this impact their relationship throughout the book?
Rio doesn’t really have any secrets from Bay at the beginning of the book, which is why it tears her up that Bay has been keeping secrets from her. So Rio feels like she didn’t even know her sister, the person closest to her, which makes Rio, in a way, feel like she doesn’t even know herself. But the great thing about Rio and Bay is that they are both very strong. I don’t want to give anything away, but you feel like they are going to come through this somehow.
The action starts quickly, and it centers on Above and Below—two very different worlds. We’d love quick descriptions of these worlds and want to know ABOVE OR BELOW?
Okay. I’ll try to do these each in five words, and I’m describing them as Rio thinks of them, if that makes sense. ;)
Above: Polluted, run-down, unattainable, wild, beautiful.
Below: Safe, confining, beloved, broken, home.
And I would pick Above! I am way too claustrophobic to live underwater, even in a beautiful city.
Any fun facts about the writing of Atlantia you can share?
Here’s one—although I guess this might not qualify as “fun.” ;) I don’t cry a lot when I’m writing my own books (or when I’m reading other people’s books either, actually). Even though I FEEL a lot when I’m reading or writing, apparently I save my tears for crying over things in “real” life. But when I wrote the final scene of ATLANTIA, I cried. The last time I’d done that was when I wrote a certain scene involving Vick in CROSSED.
Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.
Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.
But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.
It’s out today!! Go get it!
27 years after The Princess Bride appeared on the silver screen, Cary Elwes (the beloved character ‘Westley’) has co-authored a book about the making of the film. It’s called, of course, As You Wish.
One thing I’d like to know: is this is a kissing book?
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Princess Bride, Ltd.