The Frenzy Five is a reoccurring Q&A series where we ask YA authors the kind of things you really want to know! This week, kierstenwhite, bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, Mind Games, and The Chaos of Stars, is up to the challenge!
1. Are you like any of the characters in your books?
The biggest thing I have in common with my characters is their sense of humor. They have all have tendency toward snarky sarcasm. I think humor is a language, and unfortunately I’m only fluent in one! Other than that, there are definitely pieces of me in every character, but no one character that is “me” or close to a representation of myself. No one wants to read that!
2. What was the most surprising part about getting your books published?
I had no idea how much work goes into a book AFTER you’ve written the first draft. Or even the fifth. There are so many rounds of edits, and so many different types of edits. And then there’s the promotional end of things, which takes up a ton of time, too. Another surprise: I can’t handle reading my own books after I can’t change them anymore.
3. If you could have coffee with any author who would it be?
I should probably say someone like JK Rowling or Oscar Wilde, but I’d probably choose Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After). She’s one of my favorite people ever, and I don’t get to see her enough.
4. If you could drop everything and go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Iceland! Well, maybe not tomorrow. In the summer, instead. I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights, and Iceland is like a country out of a fairy tale.
5. Describe your book in five words.
Your future favorite book ever. Wait, was that cheating? How about, Fight for your own future.
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