Dark Days: Kiersten White’s Self-Interview

What are DARK DAYS? Oh, just the coolest and most fab book tour to hit the bookstores this fall!! On the tour are uber awesome YA authors Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, Anna Carey, and Jocelyn Davies. Yep, we know…that’s one pretty hot line-up.

Want to know more? Just check out DARK DAYS here and here.



Like we mentioned earlier DARK DAYS are coming, but first we have DARK“Kiersten White shows off her comedic timing” DAYS, in which Kiersten White interviews herself. Brace yourself for funny and touching moments. Eh, who are we kidding the whole thing is just chuckle after chuckle.


Kiersten: Hi Kiersten! I’m so excited to get to interview you today on behalf of Girls in the Stacks for the Dark Days Tour!

Kiersten: Thank you for taking the time to—wait. Umm, is something wrong here?

Kiersten: No, I’m good to go. First, I wanted to ask about

Kiersten: WAIT. Kiersten, I’m Kiersten. You’re interviewing yourself. I mean, I’m interviewing myself. That doesn’t make any sense. And you aren’t even a Girls in the Stacks team member. They are all way more articulate than you.

Kiersten: Don’t be a diva. You agreed to this interview.

Kiersten: You are so weird!

Kiersten: Not as weird as you are. Well, exactly as weird as you are. Moving on. Why did you give up your lifelong dream to be a photographer for National Geographic and decide to write YA books instead?

Kiersten: What are you talking about? I wanted to do that for like two weeks. In fourth grade. Until I heard they had to sleep in nets in the canopy of the Amazon with a hundred billion bugs. But I did want to write and illustrate picture books instead of YA until I realized I was a really crap artist, and that I was the most interested in YA stories in my head.

Kiersten: You ARE a really bad artist.

Kiersten: Shut up. So are you.

Kiersten: I’m interested in this “YA stories in my head” phrase. Have you always carried around stories in your head? What kind of storage do you use? Are we talking Tupperware? Or luggage? And if so, do you use the luggage with the little rolly-wheels, because otherwise what’s the point, it’s so hard to lug anywhere!

Kiersten: I’m thinking more along the lines of a cement mixer. Everything churning all the time, getting mixed up together, and then suddenly BAM out of nowhere I dump a whole story into the waiting framework!

Seriously though, I’ve always told myself stories, even had running strings of narrative that I’d go back to when I was bored or stressed. I remember lying awake in bed at night for hours, running the same scenes over and over in my head, tweaking, fine-tuning, re-imagining. The first YA book I ever wrote was a development of one of those ideas that I’d been playing with since I was a young teenager.

Kiersten: So, again we are back to the weird thing.

Kiersten: I even dream in stories. I thought everyone did—dreamt stories that they  weren’t really part of, just watching, maybe the main character but not usually. My husband has informed me that this is odd, though.

Kiersten: You mean our husband.

Kiersten: No, I mean MY husband. If you think I’m going to share, you’ve got another thing coming.

Kiersten: You do realize we are typing this while he sits on the floor, reading. This is kind of creepy.

Kiersten: Are you going to ask me another question or what? I don’t have all night. We look terrible when we don’t get enough sleep.

Kiersten: Which is always. Okay, two more questions. What would you say your biggest inspiration is for stories?

Kiersten: Emotions. I’ll hit on something that strikes an emotional chord in me—whether it is a book, a movie, a song, even an image—and I’ll want to create something to capture that particular feeling. I think that’s why I start so many things but know within a few dozen pages whether or not they’ll work. Even if I like the plot, if it doesn’t have a soul, doesn’t have the emotional core I wanted, I won’t continue. That’s also why you can enjoy books across genres. No matter what they use to tell the tale, whether it’s monsters or science or high school, the emotions at the center of it all are what we relate to as people.

Kiersten: You are, like, so totally deep.

Kiersten: Liar.

Kiersten: Okay, yes, I’m a liar. I can also fake cry on demand! But you already knew that. Last question: Why haven’t we talked about Paranormalcy and Supernaturally, the novels you’re going to be on the Dark Days Tour to promote?

Kiersten: Because we are terrible at self-promotion. But, if you insist, how about, HEY GUYS READ THOSE BOOKS THEY ARE AWESOME.

Kiersten: Works for me.

Kiersten: Excellent. Chocolate?

Kiersten: Always.


Need more DARK DAYS excitement? Well, you’re in luck – check out the trailer below!! It’ll make you wish you lived in one of the cities below.

Meet HarperTeen authors Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS), Anna Carey, (EVE), and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK) as they visit the following cities:

Wednesday, October 12th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway
*Lynnwood, WA*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Anna Carey

Thursday, October 13th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
*Huntington Beach, CA*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Anna Carey

Friday, October 14th
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover
9315 Dorchester Street
*Highlands Ranch, CO*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies

Saturday, October 15th
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2999 Pearl Street
*Boulder, CO*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies

Sunday, October 16th
2:00 PM
123 West Jefferson
*Naperville, IL*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies

2 Responses to “Dark Days: Kiersten White’s Self-Interview”

  1. Capillya says:

    I wish I could go to Dark Days. I would love to meet both of the Kierstens. =)

  2. stacy says:

    Whatever, I only want to see Kiersten. The other Kiersten seems weird. lol

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