Kerry lives in Lincolnshire between the countryside and the sea, in a house filled with books, films and dogs. Before writing full-time she was a BookStart Co-ordinator for BookTrust and got to read picture books to children all day. She was also a finalist in a BBC ScriptWriting for Children competition and has a first class honours degree in Professional Writing. She leads young people’s writing groups for Writing East Midlands and is the co-organiser of the UKYA Extravaganza events.
Her first YA novel, A BRIGHTER FEAR was published in 2012 by HarperCollins in the UK and Callenbach in the Netherlands.
Her second YA novel, A DREAM OF LIGHTS (2013), was also published by HarperCollins and Callenbach. It was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded Highly Commended at the North East Teen Book Awards and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Schools Book Award.
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1. Can you tell me about your debut novel?
My debut novel, a Young Adult Romance called SONG OF SUMMER, is a love story between a girl who loves music and a guy who is Deaf. It's told in first person alternating POV, so the reader gets to see both sides of the story, and it takes place over one summer vacation in the small town where I grew up. You can read more about it here: https://lauraleeanderson.wordpress.com/song-of-summer/
I have always been a huge fan of YA! Like many authors, I was an early, voracious reader, and read my way through high school. When I was in college, theatre took up most of my time and friends took up the rest, so reading fell to the wayside. After I graduated, I went back to the shelf in the library that I had loved in high school and was surprised to find it so expanded! Soon back to my old YA reading habits, and now with a four-year degree in acting (or "storytelling" as I like to call it), I decided I'd like to give writing a shot in the summer of 2011.
3. Who are some of your favorite authors and have they influenced your writing in any way?
Wow, like many authors, it's quite a list! When I was growing up, my very favorite author was Gordon Korman. To this day, I love his early, zany work (as well as his later stuff!). He wrote his first published book when he was in seventh grade, and has been awesome ever since. Although my books aren't as funny as his (yet!), I like to think I have his style of dialogue. As an adult, I've discovered John Green (of course), Sarah Dessen (of course), and Maggie Stiefvater (of course). I can only hope that my books are as sweet and real and exciting as theirs.
(here's my well-loved Gordon Korman collection)
4. What do you do when you're not writing?
A lot! First and foremost, I'm the mommy of a little toddler boy- my Twitter followers are very familiar with "Toddzilla"'s escapades. I'm also a freelance editor for fiction manuscripts and query letters. (https://lauraleeanderson.wordpress.com/editing-and-critique-services/). I still act in the occasional play, using my theatre degree. Most of my theatrical training, however, goes towards the semi-professional Shakespeare company composed of urban teens that my husband and I created. Last summer we did The Merchant of Venice for an audience of around 1000 people as we performed here in Pittsburgh, then toured to Ohio and New York! Those teens are so talented and their souls are so beautiful- my favorite thing about the SONG OF SUMMER launch party was that they drove three hours to just to be there!
(Here's me in my most recent play- Prussia: 1866 by Gab Cody, as well as the poster for Urban Impact: Shakes. The Merchant of Venice)
5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I'm working on a couple of projects! One is a YA contemporary novel that's unrelated to SONG OF SUMMER. It's in its second draft and I have big plans for it *waggles eyebrows.* The other is a very, very, very, very, very, very early start on a sequel to SONG OF SUMMER. Who knows if anything will come of it, but it's been really fun to revisit Robin and Carter!
Thank you so much for hosting this interview, Beth! It's been a blast to be at The Reader's Corner!
Song Of Summer
Carter isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Especially not a hearing one. Not that he has anything against hearing girls, they just don’t speak the same language. But when the cute waitress at Grape Country Dairy makes an effort to talk with him, he takes her out on his yellow Ducati motorcycle.
Music, language, and culture sing back-up as love takes the melody, but just how long can a summer song last?
Song of Summer is a YA Contemporary novel told in alternating first person perspectives. It was published by Bloomsbury Spark July 7, 2015.
Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the ongoing self-published detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.Full details of his published stories, as well as links to buy the ones that can be bought, can be found on the Works page of this website. He is also on Twitter as @NickMB, where he updates with perfect and reasonable regularity.
When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.
1. Tell me about your books.
My books are the Hobson & Choi series, a darkly comic crime series starring a pair of mismatched detectives in a London where every innocuous business hides yet more dark deeds. It’s fun, one of the detectives is a teenage girl so there’s a bit of angst and lightheartedness to offset some of the grimmer crime moments. The first one is The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (free in ebook format), two others have followed.
2. Who inspires you?
The direct inspiration for my stuff tends to be a combination of playing off tropes in crime/YA/fantasy fiction and a vaguely cynical view on the world. I try not to collapse into total pessimist nihilism, but after a while on Twitter reading about the advantages of having money, the things people get away with, the patriarchy, the suffering that exists, etc, it’s hard not to feel there’s some bad stuff out there.
And that rolls out in the H&C series, turning the level up to ALL IS CRIME. It’s a heightened reality, which might be offputting to some who want heavy realism in their crime fiction, but the people who like it seem to really like it.
Chuck Wendig also posts some excellent writing advice on his blog, which has pushed me through some slow days.
3. If you could have dinner with any 2 authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Definitely Pratchett, he was a huge influence on me growing up and now he’s sadly no longer with us, I’d be a fool to pass up the opportunity. The second would probably be comics writer and novelist Warren Ellis, I love a lot of his work and his weekly newsletter Orbital Operations is always interesting.
4. Are you working on anything at the moment?
At the moment, I’m slowly working out a fantasy book about magic toasters as a little break project while my first draft of Hobson & Choi Case Four sits in a drawer for a while. Once we enter 2016, my plan is to pull H&C4 out of that drawer and start editing with a vengeance.
5. What are some of your favourite books?
It varies depending on mood (and on whether I’m allowed to include comics) - I’m a big fan of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London books, Joe Abercrombie’s First Law books, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Simon Spurrier’s A Serpent Uncoiled, Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series, Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens and others.
If comics are permitted, we need to build in Preacher by Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon, Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis/various artists, Chew by John Layman/Rob Guillory, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan/Fiona Staples and many more. I did a guest post for YA Yeah Yeah a few months back which digs into this at more length.