YALLFest Interview with Cinda Williams Chima

I’m so happy pumpkin spice lattes are finally here – not only because they are super yummy but also because fall’s arrival means YALLFest is just around the corner. I had so much fun at YALLFest the past two years, and they have another great lineup of YA authors appearing on November 9th, 2013 in Charleston, SC.  
Adding to my excitement? YALLFest has selected my blog to help with hosting author interviews as part of the countdown to the main event. Whoo hoo! Each week I’ll share interviews with the fabulous authors appearing at YALLFest, and I can’t wait to find out more about them.
First up is Cinda Williams Chima, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Ohio. She’s written a high fantasy series called the Seven Realms, which is four books set in the queendom of the Fells. She’s also written the Heir Chronicles, which is a contemporary fantasy series set in Ohio. There are currently three of those, with the fourth book The Enchanter Heir releasing on October 1, 2013.
Cinda Williams Chima The Enchanter Heir
And now for the Q&A with Cinda:
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A computer
Describe your book in 5 words
Wizards misbehave, magic goes mutant.
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
Usually the lines in between.
Best writing tip you ever received?
Give yourself permission to write badly.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1.  I am a twin.
2.  I am named after a character in a novel.
3.  I didn’t really start driving until I was 27.
4.  I am descended from Puritans and scoundrels.
5.  I used to be in a folk music band.
Where's your favorite place to write?
On a balcony overlooking the ocean.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing The Sorcerer Heir, the fifth book in a trilogy.
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
When I’m finished with a full-length novel. 
You can find out more about Cinda at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Cinda’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?


kamikinard's picture

Loved the 5 random facts. Looking forward to seeing more from YALLfest authors. :)

Medeia Sharif's picture

I liked this short interview. I have her books, but haven't read them yet.

Lexa Cain's picture

** Lexa, I moved your comment to this post with the interview. Not sure why it was acting stubborn. :-) **

Hi Jocelyn! For some reason, my browser refuses to open the comments on Cinda's interview, so I'm writing here to tell you how much I enjoyed her answers to the questions. She's really funny and smart, and I'm not surprised she's so successful. I wish her the best with her new book! :-)

Michelle Wallace's picture

I enjoyed the interview. Loved the answers to the random facts... Cinda sounds like an interesting individual!
A balcony overlooking the ocean sounds like the perfect writing spot!
Jocelyn you are always attending some exciting writing festival... you are sooooo lucky to have these events on your doorstep!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Kami - It's always fun seeing what people come up with for their five random facts!

Medeia - I haven't had a chance to read them yet either - so many awesome books to fit in before YALLFest!

Lexa - Cinda's answers were a lot of fun!

Michelle - I can't believe how lucky I am that YALLFest happens right down the road for from me!

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