5 Questions to Young Adult Book Author, Kiersten White
Actually, it started as a series of jokes! I was wasting time online making jokes about how the Disney Princesses were all secretly serial killers. My editor emailed me and said she felt like there was a book in there somewhere. I’ve always loved fairy tales, and the idea of making them even creepier and sillier was perfect for my first middle grade book.
First and foremost, I hope you laugh! I had so much fun writing Beanstalker, and I want it to be just as much fun to read. And after, I want you to look at stories in a new way: yes, there’s the story on the page, but also the one in your head. How would you change it? How could you retell it? Sometimes the easiest way to start writing a story is to begin with a story you already know and make it your own.
I always wanted to write for young readers. I love the fact that you’re just getting started. Everything is new. Most experiences are your firsts. There’s something so thrilling–and also often terrifying!–about doing something for the first time. So writing about children and teens means I get to experience that over and over again.
My advice is to spend this time learning to tell stories and love writing. There’s so much time for getting published later. And publishing is a job! Now is the time to have fun experiences, to read, to watch movies, to really sink into stories and what kinds of things you want to create. Once you have that foundation of loving to come up with stories and figuring out how to write them, publishing will come next!
When to catch Kriesten at the 2017 Miami Book Fair?
Witchy (Wo)men: Modern Fantastical Witch Stories
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States
The Beast Within: Dark Fantasy Stories
Anllelic Lozada “Angie” is a proud P.A.N.K (professional aunt with no kids), a Personal Marketing Strategist in NYC and Los Tweens & Teens “Tia-in-Charge,” based in New York City. Anllelic wants you to best your best life so you can positively influence your tween and teen. Subscribe to her weekly e-newsletter in Spanish in marketingparatucarrera.com/Vendete, where she shares personal marketing strategies to help you “Comunicar lo genial que eres.”