Who are your favorite authors and why?
I have many favorite authors, but to name three in the YA world. I’d say Simone Elkeles- She made me fall in love with YA. I love the way her characters feel so real.
Katie McGarry- She writes with so much emotion I feel like I’m in the book. I cry and laugh then I think about her stories for days.
Jenny Han, I just can’t put her books down.
What was the last book you read?
Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith
What advice would you give to inspiring writers?
Read, read, and read. Attend conferences, workshops, research, connect, learn, and believe in yourself.
What made you pick the genre you write in?
I love everything YA. When you are young, you are constantly changing, learning, and growing. Your life is full of possibilities, and you can change everything in the blink of an eye. You’re free, not rooted, and your emotions are running high. I believe that with YA, anything can happen.
Which of your characters in Resilient is most like you?
I try not to portrait myself into my characters, I don’t want to be the book. But I’d say Livia. She cares about people around her, she’s thankful for the good things she has in life, like her family. She’s determined when she knows what she wants. I think I’m like that too.
Which character would you not like to meet in a dark alley?
I would not like to meet Aaron anywhere. In Awakened, the sequel of Resilient, we’ll see more into his psych, but it’s safe to say, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere around him.
What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?
I don’t like the second round of edits and revisions. The more I read, the more I change, and then I don’t like it anymore.
You write in present tense – was this difficult to maintain?
No, I find it easier than past tense.
If you had a super power – what would you like it to be?
Teleportation- the ability to instantly move between two locations.
I found Resilient a really interesting book. It was incredibly well written and thought-out. The characters draw you in and it gives readers a real YA book that doesn’t simply revolve around a doomed love triangle. It’s told from both the girl’s and boy’s point of views so gives the author more opportunity for depth of both characters and intrigue for the readers.
From a writer’s perspective I was impressed that present tense is used well and consistently throughout. Most books tend to be past tense, but writing in presence really gives it an air of tension that past wouldn’t give. The plot was a little slow in places, but very believable – even though it deals with some sci-fi style themes.
The front cover is ok, but I feel it really doesn’t do the book justice. It really should have had both main characters on the front – as they are equally represented in the text. If I had been marketing the book, I’d have also stuck one of the horses in their too (horse led YA seems to be a genre all on its own so would have widened it’s instant appeal to potential readers)
Overall I’d give the book 4 out of 5 stars. Beautifully written and well plotted out. Looking forward to book 2.