Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.

Martina Boone

Author of Compulsion and the upcoming Persuasion.

Martina Boone
Martina Boone
YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?
Martina Boone:  The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski, Half Bad by Sally Green, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?
Martina: I’ve always wanted to write, but didn’t really think about writing for young adults until my daughter and I discovered YA lit together. She has a learning disability, so she had to work so hard to get through a page that reading was anything but a pleasure. Then she discovered YA paranormal books and dystopians and fell in love. I read the books with her, and by the time we got through a stack of them, she was a reader and I was determined to write a YA novel.
YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?
Martina: Read critically, as much as you can in many different genres. Write every day and give yourself time to experiment. Don’t be in a hurry. You can take as much time as you like to write your first book, but once that is published, your next book is due in six months.
YA Fest: What are you currently working on?  (Give us your elevator pitch!)
Martina: Rebecca meets Gone Girl meets Fifty Shades. And also a YA fantasy that I’m only just now brewing. : )
YA Fest: Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events?
Martina: Inspiration comes from everywhere, but while I will sometimes take a kernel of an idea from real life, the characters and situations take on their own identities and become completely organic.
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