YALLFest Interview with Cinda Williams Chima

I’m so happy pumpkin spice lattes are finally here – not only because they are super yummy but also because fall’s arrival means YALLFest is just around the corner. I had so much fun at YALLFest the past two years, and they have another great lineup of YA authors appearing on November 9th, 2013 in Charleston, SC.  
Adding to my excitement? YALLFest has selected my blog to help with hosting author interviews as part of the countdown to the main event. Whoo hoo! Each week I’ll share interviews with the fabulous authors appearing at YALLFest, and I can’t wait to find out more about them.
First up is Cinda Williams Chima, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Ohio. She’s written a high fantasy series called the Seven Realms, which is four books set in the queendom of the Fells. She’s also written the Heir Chronicles, which is a contemporary fantasy series set in Ohio. There are currently three of those, with the fourth book The Enchanter Heir releasing on October 1, 2013.
Cinda Williams Chima The Enchanter Heir
And now for the Q&A with Cinda:
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A computer
Describe your book in 5 words
Wizards misbehave, magic goes mutant.
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
Usually the lines in between.
Best writing tip you ever received?
Give yourself permission to write badly.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1.  I am a twin.
2.  I am named after a character in a novel.
3.  I didn’t really start driving until I was 27.
4.  I am descended from Puritans and scoundrels.
5.  I used to be in a folk music band.
Where's your favorite place to write?
On a balcony overlooking the ocean.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing The Sorcerer Heir, the fifth book in a trilogy.
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
When I’m finished with a full-length novel. 
You can find out more about Cinda at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Cinda’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?