Young Adult author of An Open Vein, J.M. Warwick, was kind enough to fill us in on why she decided to try her hand at YA writing, her inspiration, and who she is a fan of! Be sure to read our review of her book as well, to find out more about An Open Vein!
1. Why did you decided to write a YA book?
I love to write. LOVE it. I write Women’s Romance as well as YA, because I have so many stories inside of me, they ALL need an outlet!
2. Are you currently working on or have ideas for any future YA work?
I have many WIP’s ( works in progress ) the one I’m currently working on has paranormal elements and is a YA story.
3. What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of being an author?
Meeting readers. I especially enjoy astute readers who ‘get’ An Open Vein. It’s not a story for every one and it’s certainly ambiguous, but that’s what it’s supposed to be: open to personal interpretation, something you can’t forget because it’s just so out there. When I meet a reader who truly understands the nuances of the story, I’m thrilled.
4. On your website, you came up with your own playlist for An Open Vein, which a lot of authors have been doing recently. Why did you pick the songs you did? Did you listen to the songs while you wrote the book or did you come up with them afterwards?
I listened to all those songs while working on An Open Vein…the minor chords added to the dark drama unfolding in my head and made it easy to get into it.
5. Where do you find most of your inspiration comes from?
Stories usually simmer in my head for a few months or years before I actually start writing them down. An Open Vein was my longest at nine years. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. I’ve written 4 ballroom dance/romance novels and I was inspired to write those because I went to a ballroom comp years ago ( long before Dancing With the Stars was around ) and thought “The dance floor is an automatic for a love story!”
6. What are some of your personal favorite books or authors?
I adored: The Wish House by Celia Rees, Fighting Reuben Wolfe by Marcus Zusak, the Kite Runner, Sexy by Oates, Notes on a Scandal, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Else and Nora Roberts’ Honest Illusions is my all-time fav book.