YALLFest Interview with Rainbow Rowell

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
I’m giddily excited about today’s YALLFest author because I recently finished reading Eleanor & Park, and although I haven’t had a chance to write up a Read-n-Feed post about it yet, here’s a spoiler – I LOVED it! The person responsible for this heart-wrenchingly beautiful novel is Rainbow Rowell, an author with a super-cool name living in Nebraska. Rainbow has also written two adult novels: Attachments and Landline (coming Spring 2014). Fangirl, her second YA novel, released earlier this month and is about a teen who’s so caught up in the fandom of a fictional character that she might be missing out on living her own life.
Rainbow Rowell fangirl
And now for the Q&A with Rainbow:
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Lip balm.
Describe your book in 5 words.
Earnest, snowy, swoony, minty, bookish.
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
THE FIRST! The whole first page is a nightmare. I want people to just skip it. And I always end up rewriting it.
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Just finish your book.”
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I think it would have made me feel less alone.
Where's your favorite place to write?
At coffeeshops. In giant overstuffed chairs.
What are you working on now?
I’m revising my adult novel, Landline, which comes out in spring 2014, and playing with a romantic/political/tragicomic fantasy.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I write mostly contemporary. I read mostly fantasy.
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
All of my ideas are full-length novels. I have a hard time narrowing my scope.
You can learn more about Rainbow at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Rainbows’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
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