Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ontario Teen Book Festival Spotlight: Interview with Anna Carey!

GUYS! I'm super excited not only to tell you about the Ontario Teen Book Fest, but also to spotlight one of its fantastic authors! First, here's some basic info on the fest:

When: Saturday March 21st
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
How much: FREE!!! And unticketed.

The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.com/

The event is sponsored by Once Upon a Time Bookstore [http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/]. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.

Why do you write YA? What is your advice for people who want to write YA?
I heard another YA author say that every YA author is preoccupied with characters of a certain age because something life changing happened to them at that same age. For example, if you went through a traumatic break up at fifteen, many of your characters will be fifteen (maybe struggling with the same thing). I don't know if that's true, but after she said that I thought a lot about myself at eighteen, the things that happened that year, and I wasn't surprised that that's the age most of my characters are. I write YA for a lot is reasons, but catharsis is definitely one of them.
Write as much as you can, read as much as you can, and finish what you start. Find honest readers and share your work. Learn to separate the constructive criticism from all the other criticism, and revise your drafts accordingly. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Your first trilogy is a dystopian, and your duology is a contemporary thriller from a second-person POV. Was it a difficult transition? Did you use different writing tactics?
Blackbird is similar to Eve in that it's fast paced and full of suspense, and that definitely made the transition easier. The biggest difference is the voice, which is unlike anything I've written before. Finding it was a challenge, and took a few months, but once I did I knew this was a book I had to write.

Now that you've published an entire series and finished writing another, have your writing quirks changed over the years?
I don't sweat the small stuff anymore. I used to get so stressed about first drafts, trying to get each chapter right, each line, when so much of the work I do ends up being in revision. It's nice to feel a bit more relaxed about the process, and to be able to trust that it will all come together in time.

What are you working on now?
My next book... Stay tuned for news via Facebook and Twitter.

Favorite book(s) you've read so far this year?
I just finished To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Lara Jean is one of the most endearing characters I've read in a long time.

Current TV show obsession?
Parks & Rec. I'm binging now on Netflix.


Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and telling elaborate, only moderately interesting stories about her dog. Look for her new series, Blackbird, in Fall 2014.


February 28th: Spotlight on Kasie West -- Adventures of a Book Junkie
March 1st: Spotlight on Melissa Landers -- What A Nerd Girl Says
March 2nd: Spotlight on Brad Gottfred -- Recently Acquired Obsessions
March 3rd: Spotlight on Catherine Linka -- Read Now Sleep Later
March 4th: Spotlight on Debra Driza -- Read Now Sleep Later
March 5th: Spotlight on Katie Finn -- Fearless Kurt Reads YA
March 6th: Spotlight on Claudia Gray -- A Bookish Escape
March 7th: Spotlight on Shannon Messenger -- People Like Books
March 8th: Spotlight on Lauren Miller -- The Thousand Lives
March 9th: Spotlight on Elizabeth Ross -- Kid Lit Frenzy
March 10th: Spotlight on Anna Carey -- The Reader's Antidote
March 11th: Spotlight on Sherri Smith -- Movies, Shows and Books
March 12th: Spotlight on Mary Elizabeth Summer -- What A Nerd Girl Says
March 13th: Spotlight on Jessica Khoury -- The Consummate Reader
March 14th: Spotlight on Maurene Goo -- The Windy Pages
March 15th: Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci -- Nite Lite Book Reviews
March 16th: Spotlight on Jessica Brody -- The Romance Bookie
March 17th: Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil -- Movies, Shows and Books
March 18th: Spotlight on Aaron Hartzler -- Fangirl Feeels
March 19th: Spotlight on Michelle Levy -- The Consummate Reader

The giveaway will run from February 28th-March 20th [sorry, the giveaway is NOT international]
Prizes include:
Two Prizes/Two Winners: Each Winner will Win an Ontario Teen
Book Fest poster signed by all attending authors

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

  1. Anna Carey is a writing machine! Lovely interview, I'm really curious about the whole "you write about the age in which you experienced something traumatic." I wonder how many authors that's true for!


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