A Chat with Claire Christian

When Claire was down for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival not too long ago, I was lucky enough to catch up with her at a little cafe in the city and have a chat. If you know me at all, there’s nothing I love more than coffee and books – so this was the perfect combination of the two. We went to a cute cafe outside the Melbourne City Library that I’d been meaning to visit for ages, called The Journal Cafe, and it was simply delightful.

I’d only met Claire briefly before at a writing event for the Emerging Writers Festival, and it was brilliant to be able to sit down and just have a chilled conversation, surrounded by the bookish decor and the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. Being the lovely person she is, Claire kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me to share with y’all!

I adored hearing more about how her novel, Beautiful Mess, made it into this world, what she’s working on now, and what influenced the writing of this sensational novel. She’s such a genuine, inspirational person and it was an honour to be able to spend some time with her.

“It’s okay to not be okay.” – Claire Christian, author of BEAUTIFUL MESS

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A MONSTER CALLS Q&A + GIVEAWAY

It’s finally here! After what feels like an eternity of waiting, A Monster Calls is being released in cinemas in Australia on July 27! I first read this beautiful and heartbreaking novel late last year, and since then, I’ve desperately been counting down the months until I’d be able to see it all play out on screen and crush my soul all over again.

A Monster Calls is a beautiful story of love and loss and learning to deal with grief, and it’s one that will bring a tear to the eyes of all readers. I’m absolutely sure the film will do the same, and the cinematography looks absolutely amazing. This isn’t a movie to miss.

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Q&A with Angie Thomas

Just over a week ago, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to the author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, for the book club I co-host – The YA RoomThe Hate U Give was our March Book of the Month, and it was amazing to have the chance to ask Angie a bit about her writing process and what influenced her powerful and important debut novel.

I interviewed Angie via Skype, which you can watch on The YA Room‘s YouTube channel, and optimised it for a written format here. I’ve slightly altered the questions and made minor changes to the wording to make the interview flow better for a written piece, and I’ve bolded my parts for your convenience!

If you’re interested in hearing a bit more about The Hate U Give, check out my review here.Read More »

How to Publish Your Novel

Today I have a very special post to share with you all! Two lovely authors were kind enough to take the time to answer some of my questions about their publishing journey and how they got their debut novel into the world. Both authors haven’t opted for the traditional way of publishing, so I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about self-publishing and how you can get your work out there!

“… understand that your story – the heart of your story – is enough to change lives.” – Sierra Abrams, author of The Color Project

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#ConfessionSession with Cath Crowley

Hi everyone! Wow, this is so exciting – it’s my second blog tour in less than a week! Today I have the pleasure of sharing an interview I conducted with Cath Crowley. For those of you that don’t know, Cath recently wrote a gorgeous and touching #LoveOzYA novel entitled Words in Deep Blue. This poignant tale of love, loss, family and friendship is one that will sear itself on the hearts of everyone who reads it, and it was amazing to have the opportunity to ask Cath some questions that we all want answered.Read More »