Exciting News!

It’s been a long, but well-deserved break for us coordinators of YA Fest.  As much as we love planning for the event, it takes a lot of work.  But, we’re back at it!  We’ve picked a date for our next fest…but we’ll share that soon.

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In the meantime, we’re excited to be sharing news and information as it comes.  We’ll be featuring 40 young adult authors at Palmer Branch of the Easton Public Library.

Some Tweets from #YAFest2015!

Here are just a few of the Tweets about #YAFest2015:

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Author Spotlight — Getting to Know Jennifer Murgia!

Get to know Jennifer Murgia, co-founder and coordinator of YA Fest!

Jennifer Murgia

Author of ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, FOREST OF WHISPERS and others!

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YA Fest: Favorite YA authors? Illustrators you admire?
Jennifer Murgia: I absolutely devour books by Libba Bray, Megan Shepherd, Cyn Balog, Molly Cochran and Suzanne Young.
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Jennifer: THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL, WE’LL NEVER BE APART, A COLD LEGACY, MARY – THE SUMMONING. Can you tell I like dark fiction??
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Jennifer: I started writing short poems and stories in elementary school but my writing always took a dark turn. Yes, I kept a notebook of creepy stories and dark prose while in high school. I was THAT girl:) Writing was an incredible outlet for me, having grown up an only child. I loved stories that played with my head, stories that taught me if you look close enough, there’s more than what meets the eye … finding I could write that way was a thrill.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Jennifer: Seriously, take the time to dig deep within yourself. You’ll never know what you find. And be patient with your thoughts – let them brew and then revisit them.
YA Fest: What are you currently working on?  (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Jennifer: I’m writing two YA historical noirs – one I’m co-writing with another emerging author. It’s a creepy tale of an 1800’s London orphanage and delves into creating the perfect child. The other is a terrifying reincarnation tale of a girl boarding at a school for the blind, only to find the building is a former insane asylum.
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Jennifer: The characters in my stories are always fictional, but I do love my research and tend to pull in very real places and circumstances. I’ve found a real love for telling stories based on real events and happenings.