So this week, we have a special treat, an interview with Jessica Day George, the author of Silver In the Blood. Check out last week’s post about the book here. She’s wrote four other young adult novels which are also quite good: Princess of the Midnight Ball, Princess of Glass, and Princess of the Silver Woods, a series and, Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, a stand alone novel.
CR: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
JDG: In fifth grade I read the wonderful The Hero and the Crown, and found out that Robin McKinley’s whole job was writing about beautiful redheads slaying dragons, and I wanted to be her.
CR: When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?
JDG: I love movies, and I also knit and love to read!
CR: Who are some of your favorite authors?
JDG: Robin McKinley, Guy Gavriel Kay, Daniel Pinkwater, Diana Wynne Jones, and of course J. K. Rowling.
CR: What do you like most about being a writer?
JDG: Just getting to write books is so fun. Especially rough drafts.
CR: Where did you get your inspiration for “Silver in the Blood?”
JDG: I was watching a really bad movie set in Romania, and the scenery was so beautiful, and the movie was so ridiculous, that I just kept saying, If I were to write a book set in Romania, I would do this differently, and that, until I had my own story.
CR: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
JDG: You’re beautiful and I believe in you. Keep reading!
Jessica Day George is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven books for middle grade and young adult readers. She has a degree in Humanities and Comparative Literature from BYU, and a minor degree in Scandinavian Studies. She likes books, dark chocolate, books, knitting, books, very small dogs, books, and putting peanut M&M’s in her popcorn at the movies. And books. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three young children.