Kody Keplinger is here to kick off the Teen Publisher Extravaganza week for Little, Brown with an exciting interview! This is probably one of my favorites that I’ve ever done, so I really hope you love it as much as me!
Your contemporary YA books are some of the best out there! Where do you get all of these ideas from?
Aww, thank you!!! As far as where I get my ideas, it varies. Sometimes they’re inspired by a song. Sometimes it’s a weird thought that occurs to me while watching a movie. Sometimes it’s something I see on the news. Every book has a different origin, and usually the idea that spawns them is very different from the story they become. I never know where my next idea will come from.
Is it easy to make your teens in your books so relatable to almost anyone who reads your books?
It’s not actually something that crosses my mind, mostly because if I actively thought about making my narrators relatable to “every” reader, it would be too overwhelming. I can’t be everyone or know everyone’s life stories. But what I can do is make my characters people I relate to, even if they are different from me. The way I see it, if I can find something in them to relate to, maybe others can, too. At least, that’s the hope.
What would you say the most rewarding part about being an author is?
Talking to teenagers who’ve read my books. I love it when I get an email from someone or do a book signing and meet readers. I love hearing that my books have inspired them or helped them. Or even that they just enjoyed them. I write books I love and would like to read, so it makes me so happy to hear from others who enjoyed them, too. Talking to these readers and seeing that something I created has become a part of their life, even if it’s just sitting on their bookshelf . . . . it’s kind of surreal. And amazing.
Which of your books was the most fun to write and which of the guys in your books is your favorite?
THE DUFF was definitely the most fun writing experience. Probably because I had no idea it would be published later, so I wrote it for my own personal entertainment. I had a blast writing that book. As for the boys . . . Oh, it’s so hard to choose! I love them all so much. But probably Wesley. Just because he was the first of them, so I’ve known him longer in a sense.
Could you ever see yourself writing a paranormal YA?
I can definitely see me writing something non-contemporary one day. Maybe not paranormal, but sci-fi? Urban fantasy? Post-apocalyptic? Gothic? Who knows? I hope to do something in one of those genres one day, but for now, I’m liking the real world in my books.
What is the next book on your plate?
My next (fourth) book is called GOLDFISH, and it’ll be out in Fall 2013. It’s a little different than anything else I’ve written. It’s darker, I think, and not as funny. But I’m really excited for everyone to read it!
Wesley is definitely my favorite of your guys, too! And GOLDFISH will be awesome, I’m sure! Can’t wait for something with your writing but a little darker.
About the author:
Kody Keplinger was born and raised in rural western Kentucky. She always enjoyed writing and began working on “novels” when she was eleven. She wrote her first published work, THE DUFF
, during her senior year of high school. Since then, Kody has written two other novels, SHUT OUT
and A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE
Kody currently lives in NYC and writes full time. She enjoys Thai food, Converse tennis shoes, and way too much television.
Kodya writes for YA Highway, a blog devoted to the young adult publishing industry. She is also a featured writer for Poptimal.com, a popular pop culture blog, where she reviews TV shows and movies.
You can find Kody on Twitter, Tumblr, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the lovely people at Little, Brown I have a giveaway for you! They have generously provided a copy of A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger to one lucky winner. You must be 13 years or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win.
More about the book (which I LOVE):
Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.
Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
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