Q&A with CARA LYNN SHULTZ
Q: Why do you read/write YA?
Everything is heightened when you’re a teen. Your characters feel
things so much more deeply—simply because it’s the first time they’re
having these feelings. It’s a time of discovery — not only of the
world, but of yourself. Besides, adults are way too jaded. Could you
see a thirty-year-old believing the man she just met is a demonslayer?
Nope, she’d think he was a serial killer, and the book would end at
Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?
Flight! I just returned from a wedding in Mexico and if I could
somehow avoid being cramped in a middle seat on an international
flight again, that would be okay with me!
Q: If you were deserted on an island and only had one book with you,
what would it be?
Les Miserables. While I do love the story, it’s also one of the
longest books ever written — well, according to Wikipedia — and I’m
looking to maximize my impact here. Also, since it’s a deserted
island, no one will complain if I start singing “Castle on a Cloud” at
the top of my lungs.
Q: If you were stuck in an elevator with only one other writer, who would it be?
Helen Fielding. I had the pleasure of meeting her once, and she’s as
delightful as you’d think. Also, I’d love some real-life Colin Firth
Q: One book you wish you had written?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.