YALLFest Interview with Veronica Rossi

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 interview is with the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi. On her website’s bio, the first random fact she lists is “I’ve never met a dog I haven’t loved,” which automatically makes her good people in my book. Because dogs are awesome. Veronica was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and now lives in Northern California. Her bestselling trilogy started with Under the Never Sky and is set in a world where the very air can kill you, and continued with Through the Ever Night, and the final installment will be Into the Still Blue releasing on January 28th. 
Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky
And now for the Q&A with Veronica:
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
Yeah, those. And all the ones in between!
Best writing tip you ever received?
$5. Just kidding. Um… tip… I think it’s probably to allow yourself to suck when writing early drafts. It takes away a lot of the fear of generating good material. It’s not easy to be creative when you’re judging your work.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1. In the past year, I discovered a deep love of Brussel sprouts
2. I talk to myself. Heck. Sometimes I argue with myself.
3. I’m arguing with myself about including that last point at this very moment.
4. My favorite animals are elephants.
5. Dresses with pockets make me happy.
Where's your favorite place to write?
I usually work in my home office, but I love working in hotel rooms. No distractions!
What are you working on now?
Something I’m very excited about! Can’t divulge any details yet, but it’s an idea I’ve been mulling over for years.
You can learn more about Veronica at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Veronica's books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
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Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!'s picture

Greetings y'all,

Yes, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

I see y'all are having "YALLFEST". So hello, Veronica and hello, Jocelyn.

Veronica, I'm noting your deep love for Brussels sprouts. I will make no mention of the flatulence potential with those horrible little things :)

And you've never met a dog you didn't love. Totally understandable and did you know that I'm an acclaimed 'pawblisher'? Arf! Arf! All the beast, sorry, all the best with your upcoming book release. My human's book will be released pending approval by the parole board.

Being such a wonderful dog, I shall now take the liberty of sharing this um pawsting, even on 'Farcebark'!

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

Medeia Sharif's picture

I also talk to myself and enjoy writing in hotel rooms.

I love your interviews, Jocelyn.

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Glad I'm not the only one who talks to myself. I'm so jealous you got to interview Veronica. I love her books. Just downloaded an ARC of In The Still Blue. Can't wait to read it!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Penny - I'm so glad you stopped by. As a pup with impeccable taste, I'm always happy to get your pawrspective. 

Medeia - It seems like many of us writers talk to ourselves. :-)

Natalie - I have to admit that I'm not doing the interviews myself. YALLFest sends me the Q&As, and I build the posts around them. But I'm having fun hosting them. :-)

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