YALLFest Interview with Ransom Riggs

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. 
Today’s author is Ransom Riggs, and in researching him, I have discovered that he’s just like me. Not only does he write novels, he also writes screenplays and makes short films. So, see, except for the fact that he’s a super successful New York Times bestselling author, Ransom and I are exactly alike!!! *ahem* Okay, not really, but it’s still fun to find out that he got his start with the movie-making side of storytelling. Ransom was born in Maryland, but mostly grew up in Florida, and now lives in Los Angeles. His novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about creepy children and includes even creepier photographs to make it all more haunting. 
Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
And now for the Q&A with Ransom:
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Silence. My noise-cancelling headphones have become almost essential.
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
The first. I rewrite and rewrite it a million times. The last comes easy.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I’m six foot four. I lived on a working farm until I was five. I used to know how to cook Indian food but now I’ve forgotten. I love documentaries. One day I will conquer the moon.
What are you working on now?
A novel for Little, Brown the plot of which is SECRET! (Sort of, for now. But I’m really excited about it.)
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
Oh, definitely YA to write in. I read everything, lots of YA, lots of adult, nonfiction of all sorts. I even read poetry when I’m feeling ambitious. I think it’s crucial to have lots of different influences. If you only read in the genre you write in, your writing will sound like everything else that’s already out there.
You can learn more about Ransom at his website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Ransom’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
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