Welcome to another entry into my YA Author Interview series for 2019!
I am so very excited to have the lovely Helen Scheuerer here for an interview for the SECOND time, to celebrate the upcoming release of her final novel within her fantastic YA fantasy series, the Oremere Chronicles!
I am a big fan of this #LoveOzYA fantasy series, and I definitely recommend it!!
I hope you enjoy reading Helen's answers to my questions as much as I did! :)
Being shortlisted for the Readings 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prizehas just been so amazing! Every time I think about I feel so excited, and to be honest the whole thing has been very unexpected! I feel really proud of it :)
As part of the shortlist, I got the opportunity to write a guest blog post for the Readings blog, WHICH YOU CAN READ HERE, where I talked about some of the themes behind the book and how anime really influenced me when I was writing.
So..... 2019 is shaping up into quite a freaking awesome year for me! I will be honest, the last bunch of years for me have been quite a struggle. My mum died and since then things have been hard. On top of everything else that was going on, was that I wanted to be a published author very badly but nothing was happening. But I feel like things are finally shifting for me, and that has been a complete relief. It is nice to feel like life is moving again, that I am feeling happy!
In 2019, my very first book came out, Making Friends with Alice Dyson, and it was shortlisted for the Readings 2019 YA Book Prize (so amazing!) and I was also recently awarded a residency to spend a whole week writing at Varuna!!!!
And now, I have also signed a contract with the lovely people at Wakefield Press for my second YA novel, Taking Down Evelyn Tait!
I am so excited to bring this story out into the world in 2020, and also so grateful that life has been so kind to me lately! My biggest takeaway from all this is that persistence is more important than talent, and hard work pays off!! :) Don't give up! :)
I live in Adelaide, which has a really cool and thriving YA author community!! I was very excited to be interviewed by the lovely (also Adelaide based) YA author, Margot McGovern (Neverland) for her excellent book blog: Lectito.
Margot asked me lots of really interesting questions about my story so I found these really fun to answer.
Welcome to another entry into this YA Author Interview series for 2019!
Today I am so excited to have the absolutely lovely Australian editor and author, Tobias Madden on my blog.
Tobias is the editor of the recently released collection titled, Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, and one of his own stories also appears within this anthology.
I was really fascinated to find out what sparked this idea for Tobias and wanted to ask him a bunch of questions about his editing, his writing and about what he has been up to. So I did! I hope you enjoy reading his answers as much as I did! :)
MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON was SHORTLISTED for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist 2019!!!
How freaking amazing is this!??? I am really over the moon, you can read all about the shortlist (what a cool bunch of books to be included in) BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.
Also, I just wanted to share this excerpt from the judges, because it is one of my absolute favourite reviews I have ever received:
"Nwosu bypasses toxic and high-stakes romantic tropes for a refreshingly nuanced and realistic dynamic, while still giving readers the slow-burn romance they crave: a gloriously heady mix of tentative self-consciousness, bittersweet longing and simmering tension."
I am so freaking over the moon about this!!! It really feels kind of unbelievable! :)
This is really fun one for me, as S.J Morgan is not only an amazing YA writer but is also a close friend! This is the second time she has interviewed me for her blog, which is pretty cool. The first time was about my pre-publication expectations and nerves, and this one was about the book launch and how it feels being finally published!