Teen Author Carnival
car·ni·val (noun)

any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of entertainment.

ex. Teen Author Carnival

Connecting readers + authors since 2009.

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

page 30.

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

stories.

Q: One book you wish you had written?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Q&A with ELIZABETH EULBERG

Q: Why do you read/write YA?

Because I’m still a teen at heart (plus, that’s when you have so many

firsts—loves, heartbreak—right when you’re trying to figure out the kind

of person you want to be).

Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?

Flying! It would save so much time. Or the ability to attract only good guys!

Q: If you were deserted on an island and only had one book with you, what would it be?

Have they found a way to bind the entire Harry Potter series into one book?

Q: If you were stuck in an elevator with only one other writer, who would

it be?

George R.R. Martin—you know that dude would be able to entertain you for hours.

Q: One book you wish you had written?

Pride and Prejudice.

Q&A with ROBIN TALLEY

Q: Why do you read/write YA?

Because adults are sooo uninteresting.

Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?

The ability to write as fast (and as well!) as Jennifer Armentrout.

Q: If you were deserted on an island and only had one book with you, what would it be?

National Geographic’s Complete Survival Manual.

Q: If you were stuck in an elevator with only one other writer, who would it be?

JK Rowling, so I could get to the bottom of her thinking on Dumbledore’s gayness and the Ron/Hermione thing.

Q: One book you wish you had written?

Ask the Passengers by AS King.

Q&A with CLAIRE LEGRAND

Q: Why do you read/write YA?

Because it’s what I like to read!

Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?

Teleportation

Q: If you were deserted on an island and only had one book with you, what would it be?

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore—I never get tired of reading it.

Q: If you were stuck in an elevator with only one other writer, who would it be?

J. K. Rowling—she seems lovely!

Q: One book you wish you had written?

Fire by Kristin Cashore—perfect, bittersweet YA high fantasy with my favorite YA romance of all time. (I’m a bit of a Cashore fan, as you may be able to tell.)

Q&A with JULIE KAGAWA

Q: Why do you read/write YA?

Because my maturity level never grew past seventeen.

Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?

Teleportation.  Or Invisibility.  Although either would get me into a lot of trouble.

Q: If you were deserted on an island and only had one book with you, what would it be?

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting off a Desert Island.

Q: If you were stuck in an elevator with only one other writer, who would it be?

Neil Gaiman

Q: One book you wish you had written?

The Fault in Our Stars.  Because your tears feed my Muse.  And no book has made people sob  quite like TFIOS. (Yes, I’m a little evil.)

 
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