1.What first inspired you to write ?
I have no idea. When I was very, very little. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It sort of feels like I had no choice in the matter. I always felt this was what I was meant to do.
2.Did you base the characters off of people in real life ?
Nope! That sounds like a good way to make relationships awkward. Plus, my worlds are very fantastical. Hard to imagine people I know running around in them, performing in freak shows or using magic!
3.How long did it take you to write the book ?
I wrote the first draft of DOTBC in about two months, which is pretty average for me that for length of book. I signed for the book deal about five months later.
4.How do people react when you tell them you’re an author ?
Depends on the setting. I usually get “My cousin’s friend self-published a book, too!” or “Aren’t you an accountant? How does that work?”
5.Which authors inspire you ?
My favorite authors include V.E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Laini Taylor, Cinda Williams Chima, and Marie Lu. Plus many more!
6.What is the best book you have read recently ?
I just finished WINTERSONG by S. Jae Jones and loved that! It is super romantic and atmospheric. I’m also sort of obsessed with goblins now?
7.What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?
I had no idea how many hours I would spend at the post office for my job as a writer. I feel like I’m constantly there mailing books. My English major did not prepare me for that.
8.What did you research for your book ?
I’m not a big fan of research, because a lot of times I feel cramped by facts. I usually make things up! I did so some bug research for DOTBC, as the main character collects insects. However, that quickly turned into a somewhat disgusting pursuit, so I switched to imaginary bugs instead!
9.What inspired you to write ya ?
Well, since I’ve been writing for most of my life, and I’ve been a child for most of my life, I always stuck with writing for my age group. I never really left YA. I’m still in that in between world of not being a teenager but not really being an adult… Plus, I love the YA community! Especially how many female protagonists and writers there are.
10.Do you read all of your book reviews and how do you react to them ?
No! Never! I have a designated friend who sends me positive reviews to read. That’s it.
11.What other authors are you friends with and how did that help you with your writing ?
I’m in a critique partner group with a lot of writers. You might recognize Axie Oh, author of REBEL SEOUL. I’ve met a lot of writers who I would call friends over this journey. I have a lot of friends about to becoming authors themselves.
12.What is your best memory as a writer ?
Finding out my book was going to be published was amazing! Also…all of BookExpo and BookCon! There’s nothing better than meeting up with a bunch of writers, having drinks, and gossiping about publishing. It’s not so often I get to meet people as immersed in this world as myself.
13.What are your favorite under appreciated novels ?
THE SEVEN REALMS series by Cinda Williams. Chima is my all-time favorite YA fantasy series. It’s a must read.
14.Do you believe in writer’s block ?
Nope! I always have too many ideas.
15.Do you have anything to say to your readers ?
Read what you like to read! If you do or don’t like classics, if none of your friends read or read books you like…reading is for you! It should be fun! Never feel inferior because that guy next to you in class is reading a famous book by a dead white dude.
16.Can you describe your book in three words ?
carnival, illusions, murder!
17.What is one of your favorite quotes ?
John Green has a quote about writing that really helped me: “Give yourself permission to suck.” I think of it all the time when I draft. I’m sure other writers have said the same thing, but I first heard it from him.
Thank you so much to the amazing Amanda for the interview ! Her book has become wildly popular amongst ya readers and I honestly can’t wait to see what books she comes up with next ! You can find her on her official site , all her other links are there .