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.
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One thought on “Author Spotlight — Getting to Know Jennifer Murgia!

  1. Hi! I wish I could come today to the festival. I, of course, am an inspiring young author in her freshman year of college. I’m in the middle of writing a story now, too. Hope there’s another event soon that I could make it too!

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