This week, I had the opportunity to interview the author of the book that kicked off my summer book list, The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher. I heard about this book at a publisher’s presentation, and instantly, I was intrigued. Having been a huge fan of her book Stolen, I knew I was in for a treat, and this book definitely did not disappoint.
If you haven’t read it yet, definitely check it out!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Let's see. I was born in Cardiff, in South Wales, but moved to Australia (for the first time!) when I was only ten months old. I then spent some time living in Papua New Guinea, South Wales, Australia (again), South Africa, before finally returning to Bath in England to persue my dream of becoming a writer. Therefore, I don't really see myself as having a nationality, not completely anyway. I identify with being both Australian and British, my family live in six different countries around the world, and my boyfriend is Canadian. I also have an amazing dog called Larch and ride a grumpy chestnut mare called Topaz. My favourite thing to do is read books in the sunshine.
2. What book(s) are you currently reading?
I am reading The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (an amazing Australian author), and I'm absolutely loving it.
3. What, in your opinion, is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding the enormous time it takes to write anything decent and, also, having the courage and persistence to see it through to the end.
4. The Killing Woods has a fantastic book trailer. What do you think of “trailers” for books? Did you have any input in the creation of the trailer?
I love trailers for books! Yes, Killing Woods does have a wonderful trailer. It was made by film students at the university where I teach at in Bath, but no, I did not have any input in its creation. There are also some amazing trailers that have been made for Stolen out there on Youtube. One reader even made one completely from scratch - hiring her friends as actors, hiring another friend to write music for it, getting someone to do makeup. I am so very touched when stuff like that happens.
5. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be brave and just do it. I think it really just comes down to that.
6. If you could suggest one book for a teen to read this summer, what would it be?
Can I say mine? ;-) Or to pick up one of Margo Lanagan's books and be astonished with what authors can achieve within YA fiction right now.
A big thank you to Ms. Christopher for answering our questions! A special thank you to Ms. Kritikos at Scholastic and our very own HD for setting this up!