YALLFest Interview with Lisa McMann

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
We have yet another New York Times bestselling author with us today. Lisa McMann grew up in Michigan, but currently lives in Arizona, so she uses writing conferences and book tours to escape the worst of the summer heat. The Unwanteds is her middle grade fantasy series, and the third book Island of Fire was released in September. She also has two YA series, Wake and Visions, and the second book of the Visions series, Bang, was released on October 8th. 
Lisa McMann 
And now for the Q&A with Lisa: 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Think of the one thing your main character would never, ever do. Now make her do it.”
What are you working on now?
We’ll be ramping up the releases of books 5, 6, and 7 in the Unwanteds series, so I’m working on Unwanteds book 5 right now. 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I really enjoy writing in a variety of genres, from realistic to paranormal to dystopian fantasy. At the moment, fantasy is winning, but that could change at any moment. My favorite genre to read is memoir. 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
As soon as I have a one line concept that gives me a little shiver. 
You can learn more about Lisa at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.  
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lisa’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale
Lisi Harrison                                     Michelle Hodkin


Lexa Cain's picture

I love Lisa McCann! She has such good ideas. I'm dying to read Wake! And this new series sounds great too. I'm going to remember her "best tip" and also what she said about the one-line concept giving her a chill. (I've been having trouble writing because I can't come up with high-concept ideas for -- oh -- about a year now.)

Medeia Sharif's picture

I adore Lisa's work. I had no idea there was a new release. I'm going to look into it.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I haven't read any of Lisa's work yet, but with both of you being such big fans, I think I need to move her to the top of my TBR pile!

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