Welcome!Welcome to the YA Roundup, a website dedicated solely to promoting debut Young Adult and Middle Grade books and their authors. Are you a debut author with a YA/MG book across all genres? Contact us for more information or to get a proposal.
Quote of the momentDying should have been the worst moment in my life. I mean, hello, getting run over by a school bus full of band geeks while wearing the regulation gym uniform of red polyester short shorts and a practically see-through white T-shirt? It doesn’t get more tragic than that.
-The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade
- Alexandra Bullen
- Anastasia Hopcus
- Anna Jarzab
- Becca Fitzpatrick
- Bonnie Doerr
- C. J. Omololu
- Chelsea Campbell
- Chloe Neill
- Christine Brodien-Jones
- Christine Johnson
- Daniel and Dina Nayeri
- Emily Horner
- Heidi R. Kling
- Irene Latham
- Jackie Dolamore
- Jacqueline Houtman
- Janet Fox
- Jen Nadol
- jeri smith-ready
- Jessica Verday
- Judith Graves
- Julie Kagawa
- Kami Garcia
- Karen Kincy
- Kay Cassidy
- Kiersten White
- Kristin Walker
- Kristina McBride
- Lauren Oliver
- Lili St Crow
- Lindsay Eland
- Lindsey Leavitt
- Lisa Mantchev
- Margie Stohl
- Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
- Rhonda Hayter
- Suzanne Young
- 8th Grade Superzero
- A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
- A Match Made in High School
- All Unquiet Things
- Another Faust
- Beautiful Creatures
- Before I Fall
- Claire de Lune
- Dirty Little Secrets
- Hush Hush
- Island Sting
- Leaving Gee's Bend
- Magic Under Glass
- Princess for Hire
- Rise of Renegade X
- Scones and Sensibility
- Shadow Hill
- Strange Angels: Betrayals
- The Cinderella Society
- The Hollow
- The Iron King
- The Mark
- The Naughty List
- The Owl Keeper
- The Reinvention of Edison Thomas
- The Tension of Opposites
- The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams
- Theatre Illuminata Book One: Eyes Like Stars
- Under My Skin
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Thanks for having me, glad to be here.
Firstly, why Sleepy Hollow?
A lifelong love of Hallow’een. I love the legend. I love fall and leaves and pumpkins. I love the atmosphere - that instant spooky feeling you get when you think of the Headless Horseman. After I visited the real town of Sleepy Hollow, I knew it was the perfect setting.
Tell us about research for the book. Did you have to do any research such as going to Washington Irving’s grave?
Yes, I visited the real town of Sleepy Hollow several times. This included visits to Washington Irving’s grave and his home, Sunnyside, in neighboring Irvington, NY. I also did a lot of research into perfume making.
Is there actually a town such as Sleepy Hollow? Did you go there?
Yes there is. It’s located just above New York City on the Hudson River and it’s gorgeous.
How was the writing process? You used 13 notebooks and 15 black pens for The Hollow. How many notebooks and black pens do you think you’ll run through for the sequel? ;)
Oh goodness, although I don’t have a definite count, I know I’ve used at least the same number of notebooks and double the pens. (For some reason, I went through a lot of extra pens for this book)
Abbey makes perfumes, which piqued my interest. Did you make perfumes as a hobby?
No. I’ve not tried my hand at making perfume yet, but I have made my own soap. It’s a fun Hobby.
What song would you attribute to each of the characters? Why?
I can’t answer this one yet, but I will be sharing the Official Playlist of THE HOLLOW soon and that will answer all.
Ooh, I can't wait to listen while re-reading The Hollow. Tell us 15 good to know facts about you.
1. My favorite color is purple
2. I was named after my grandfather
3. I like spending time in cemeteries as much as Abbey does
4. I collect old, written on postcards
5. I spend every September 12th visiting Johnny Cash at his grave in Hendersonville, TN
6. The first book I ever wrote was titled, BOBBY’S BAZILLION BANANAS
7. I love trains and snow
8. I often spend Hallow’een dressed up like KISS at Disney World
9. I love zombie movies
10. One of the people I’d love to meet is Ron Perlman
11. I love the band Tenacious D.
12. My favorite place to be as a child was the Bangor (PA.) Public Library
13. I have a snow ball in my freezer
14. Boots are my favorite type of shoes
15. When I was little, I wanted to have purple eyes.
Can you tell us what’s in store for Abbey and Caspian?
A lot. Book 2 has Abbey returning to the Hollow and facing her demons. We get to meet some fun new characters and find out the answers to a lot of our questions from Book 1.
Thank you so much for that scintillating interview, Jessica!
Cross-posted at: Royal Reviews on 1 September 2009.