Exclusive Interview with Jeff Giles

We’re excited to share this special Q&A with Jeff Giles about his book, The Edge of Everything, and something exciting he’s doing with Quarterly:

This quarter’s box is curated by Jeff Giles, featuring an exclusive, annotated copy of The Edge of Everything, an action-packed fantastical thriller. Also find in the box two more books, handpicked by Giles that inspired him as an author, plus awesome bookish goods — perfect for YA book lovers. (Psst: Act fast, subscribe by January 27th to get this box and use the discount mentioned below.)

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The Edge of Everything

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Pub Date: Jan 31, 2017
Teens & YA
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?

I grew up in Massachusetts in a pretty loud, unhappy family, so I spent a lot of time holed up in my room with my baseball cards and my guitar and my fantasy novels. I wasn’t much of a baseball player, and I was really bad at guitar (I still play and I’m STILL bad, actually). So I guess what I’m saying is: writing was the only thing I loved that I didn’t suck at. I tried writing all kinds of things when I was young: plays, song lyrics, short stories, poems. By the time I went to college, I’d decided to try being a journalist. My dream was that I’d write articles for a living until I wrote a novel good enough to be published. That took MANY more years than I thought it would!

What is your favorite novel of all time?

Please don’t make me answer this! It’s too hard to choose!

Let me try this: My favorite YA novel right this second is Still Life with Tornado (A.S. King).
My favorite novel to recommend to “grown-ups” is Bel Canto (Ann Patchett). My favorite funny novel is Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple). My favorite weird novel is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami). My favorite sci fi novel is Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro).

In your opinion, has there ever been a movie that is better than the book?

I know this will be controversial, but I actually think there are a lot. It usually happens with action and suspense, because those genres are just MADE for the big screen. One really old example is “Jaws.” I’m sure the novel was a fun summer read, but Steven Spielberg’s movie was the first blockbuster and changed Hollywood forever. I won’t say that Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies are BETTER than the Tolkien novels—mostly because I don’t want all your subscribers to hate me—but I do think they’re every bit as good, and maybe even more exciting.

Which three authors would you invite to a dinner party?

J.K. Rowling, because obviously! Charles Dickens, because J.K. Rowling would love to meet him, I bet. And E.M. Forester, because I love his novels—and I think Dickens would feel bad if he were the only dead guy there.

Your debut novel, The Edge of Everything, has a leading female protagonist, how did you get into character and develop her voice throughout the novel?

I began writing the novel while I was living in Brooklyn, and I finished it after we’d moved to Montana, so Zoe is sort of a combination of what I love most about both places: the funny-smart/take-no-crap NYC thing mixed with the outdoorsy, self-reliant western thing. More importantly, my daughter is a big reader, and I knew she’d read the novel some day. There is NO WAY she would approve of a female character who wasn’t tough and brave and badass. Zoe sort of has my sense of humor, but she’s cooler than me in every other way.

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Tons! Try to write on a regular schedule. Turn off the WiFi or you won’t get anything done. Read everything you write out loud—both to yourself and others. There’s no better way to tell if something flows and makes sense and if you’re proud of it. Remember that absolutely everyone writes a lot of bad stuff on the way to writing good stuff. Make sure there are enough snacks in the house.

What was the thought process behind curating your Literary YA Box?

I had so much fun! I wanted to share books about girls with real purpose—and who were in the midst of figuring out who they were. Then I picked some cool odds and ends to make the whole reading experience a little brighter, warmer and more special.

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What is your favorite thing that you have received in the mail?

I sent an advance copy of The Edge of Everything on a little “tour” of other YA authors, and they all wrote and doodled all over it and told me what they liked best. One friend, the middle grade author Melanie Conklin, even drew a great picture of my leading man X’s tattooed arm. It was the first piece of fan art I ever got, and it really made me glow.

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Exclusive Interview with S.J. Kincaid

The+Diabolic+YA+boxWe’re excited to share this special Q&A with S.J. Kincaid about her book, The Diabolic, and something cool she’s doing with Quarterly:

This quarter’s box is curated by S.J. Kincaid, featuring an exclusive, annotated copy of The Diabolic, an action-packed psychological thriller/fantasy. Also find in the box two more books, handpicked by Kincaid that inspired her as an author, plus awesome bookish goods — perfect for YA book lovers. (Psst: Act fast, subscribe by November 7th to get this box.)

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The Diabolic

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Pub Date: Nov 1, 2016
Teens & YA
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?

I’m originally from Alabama, but I’ve spent most of my life moving between California and Chicago. I’ve written as a hobby ever since I was very young, mostly because my older sister was a writer, and I liked to do everything she did (and I still am! We’re both professional writers now!) Before getting published, though, I moved between several different jobs, and then went to nursing school. I was not a very good nurse.

What is your favorite novel of all time?

It has to be Legacy by Susan Kay. It was a hugely influential novel for me. This is a book I can say literally changed the course of my life, because it ignited a fascination with Tudor history that became the first of many intellectual pursuits born purely out of curiosity, not just because I was assigned research for school.

In your opinion, has there ever been a movie that is better than the book?

I think this could be incredibly subjective, but for me personally, Starship Troopers the movie was more to my taste than the book. They were drastically different, actually, and I saw the movie first. Science fiction purists will probably mock me for this, but I can take it. I just really enjoyed the campiness, and some parody aspects of it. (The good guys in the movie basically could be interpreted as pretty evil fascists vs. the book with a different theme.)

Which three authors would you invite to a dinner party?

Whoa, tricky question. There are so many possibilities. Can I choose dead people? I think I’d invite Howard Zinn who wrote A People’s History of the United States, and then Ayn Rand who wrote Atlas Shrugged, and then just stay totally silent and let them argue and maybe film it and put it on YouTube. Third author I’d invite would be my sister, so she could argue along with me.

How did you come up with this new fascinating world with Diabolics?

The primary thing I had in mind was that this future is set so far from now that the automatization we are already facing (human jobs supplanted by machines) has progressed to a point where the mechanical underpinnings of society are totally self-sustaining and self-perpetuating. That means a few things 1) it’s not critical for people to be able to understand how the machines work, once they totally sustain themselves, and 2) people are relatively extraneous, and unnecessary. Since I wanted an I, Claudius type of story, I envisioned an Empire with these conditions. Power would exist among those who ultimately had control over the machines, and the fact that most people are extraneous and unnecessary would reduce their status immensely. And if the great mass of humanity is deemed ‘Excess’ because they aren’t viewed as important, then it made sense that there’d be no compunctions about creating humans with certain qualities just for the service of ‘real’ people. Those factors, all together, sort of led to the universe of The Diabolic as I imagined it.

If you could visit one fictional world, which would you chose?

Star Trek! Their future is my idea of a utopia. Of course, in that universe, I’d probably spend all my time in the holodeck.

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Read a lot and write a lot! Also: I was a very sensitive person easily hurt by rejection—and yet I overcame that when it comes to writing by trying again and again and again, and failing over and over. My advice is, if you want to do this for a living: get used to bashing your head against the same wall time and again, because everyone gets rejected. A lot. It took seven books for me to sell one, and then several more to sell another. If you grow a thick skin, you will make it.

What was the thought process behind curating your Literary YA Box?

I gave a lot of thought to what might interest the same readers of The Diabolic, yet also prove relevant to the themes of the story. I am so thrilled, also, that I managed to get a card game in there!

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What is your favorite thing that you have received in the mail?

Of all time? It was when I got into the school of my choice. My dad picked me up, handed me a thin envelope and said, “Well, you got a thin letter from [this school I didn’t really care about]… And a thick one from here!” Most delightful mail of my life.

What is your longest running subscription?

Publishers Marketplace. I always vowed before I sold a book that I wasn’t going to spend any money on writing type stuff (conferences, membership to places) until I sold, because I couldn’t yet justify it. I always broke this rule when I had a book about to go on submission. I’d subscribe to PM for a month and look up all the recent sales, editors, etc. Once I finally sold Insignia, I had no reason to end my subscription. It’s not really necessary for me, but I just love checking it every day and seeing what’s coming in the book world.

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Exclusive Interview with Beth Revis

LYA01JustBoxA World Without You by Beth Revis has received a tremendous amount of interest on NetGalley–and we’re excited to share this special Q&A with Beth about the book and something cool she’s doing with Quarterly:

Beth is curating their first-ever Literary YA box! This box includes an exclusive version of A World Without You with Beth’s handwritten annotations, 2 more books hand-picked by Beth, and some fun bookish goods. Order your box now, plus get an exclusive 10% discount! Just enter the code: NETGALLEY at checkout. (Psst: Act fast, the box ships out this week! Subscribe by 7/22 to get it.)

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A World Without You

Pub Date: July 19, 2016
Teens & YA
Published by Razorbill

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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer; I remember writing a short story in first grade that was hung up on the teacher’s wall and feeling like it was destiny! Maybe it’s because I’m from the south, where nothing is ever fact, just a tale to expound upon, but fiction has been my first and truest love for as long as I can remember.

What is your favorite novel of all time?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis changed my life. I read that novel when I was a little girl in my local library, hiding under the stairs that led to the children’s section. I’d read it before, but there was something about that moment when I realized that Aslan was a lion in a story, but also represented something more. That revelation that books where more than paper and ink and could have deeper meanings really impacted me and made me look at literature in a new way.

In your opinion, has there ever been a movie that is better than the book?

That is such a difficult question because it’s so, so rare. But I’m going to go with Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, in part because even he himself felt the movie added to the story in ways the book didn’t.

Which three authors would you invite to a dinner party?

JK Rowling, so she can tell me all about Hogwarts and make my fan fic dreams come true, Mary Shelley so we can talk about how useless Percy was and how cool it was that she invented horror writing in her spare time, and Oscar Wilde (no explanation needed).

In your book, Bo has the power of time-travel. What would your power be?

I don’t really want the power to travel through time, but I’d love the power to pause time. I just want to take a nap and read books without getting behind on all my work!

If you could visit one fictional world, which would you chose?

Hogwarts, after Voldemort’s fall. I don’t want to fight in the battles, I don’t want to live in peril. I just want to cast cool spells and hang out with Hagrid and play quidditch.

Do you have any advice for young writers?

When given the choice between staying inside and writing or doing something new, do the new thing. The best stories come from a life lived well, so constantly push yourself to explore and discover and meet new people.

What was the thought process behind curating your Literary YA Box?

I wanted to tap into the key values of the book. I feel like each book has a beating heart, and that’s what I wanted to reach. A World Without You is about time travel and death and life and reality and mental health and family and friendship, but the beating heart lies in the connections we all have to each other. It’s what the strings on the book cover represent, and it was a key part in developing the contents of the box.

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What is your favorite thing that you have received in the mail?

Fan mail! I always hope that people read and connect to my words, and hearing back from readers that they read my book is really just awe-inspiring.

What is your longest running subscription?

I had a CD subscription service that saw me through my teenage years. I still remember struggling with the plastic to get to those CDs!

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What inspired you to write A World Without You?

I never know where an idea starts. It just sort of forms in my head, slowly bubbling to the surface. And then one day, it’s there. Characters and plot and story, and I just have to peel back the layers as I write to discover it all.

But I think, subconsciously at least, this story started with my desire to change the past. My brother struggled with mental illness growing up, and as a kid, I know I didn’t understand and didn’t handle it as well as I should have. Our relationship faltered. And then, one day, it was too late. So I wanted to change the past, at least fictionally, and wrote a story about time travel.

As I wrote, however, the story shifted. I found out I was pregnant while I was still drafting and editing the novel, and this story about the past became a story about the future as well. Regrets turned to hope. The end result is a book that I think blends what’s real and not, what happened and didn’t, what could be and what will never be.
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