Welcome back to my weekly interview series, where excellent young writers and bloggers answer my tough questions about their craft and their life. This week, I talked with Julia Byers.
Let’s get started! Where are you from? Do you still live there?
I’m from Michigan–the metro Detroit area, to be exact. I technically still live there (that’s where my legal residence is), but I actually spend most of my time in Ann Arbor, Michigan since I’m a student at the University of Michigan. (Wow. I have a lot of Michigan in my life.)
When did you realize you ‘had’ to write? Was there something specific that happened to you?
I honestly can’t remember. My mom likes to talk about how I’d follow her around with a paper and pencil and make her write down my stories for me, back before I could do it myself. What I do remember is that I first got really intense about writing (doing it with the hope of getting published) when I was six or seven.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Do you write in the same genre?
By far young adult thrillers, especially if they involve some sort of espionage or time travel plot. Something that makes the reader question reality. And yeah, that’s the genre I write too! I can’t get enough of that stuff.
When somebody reads your work (current or future), what do you want them to say/feel?
Oh goodness. Probably I’d want them to say that they couldn’t put the book down and really connected with my characters. I also love when my critique partners tell me that I’ve made them laugh or cry, and I doubt that love will diminish if I’m ever lucky enough to have regular readers.
What’s a genre or type of book that you’d really like to write one day?
I’d love to write a YA contemporary. Not something super literary, but more of a light, fluffy book with lots of good snark and banter. The kind of book that you grab if it’s the middle of the night and you just woke up from a nightmare and you need something to calm you down.
A decade from now, where do you see yourself?
Hopefully not dead or homeless.
If you could have a dinner party with three fictional characters, who would you invite?
Hermione Granger of Harry Potter (because she’s so intelligent and determined), Anna Oliphant of Anna and the French Kiss (because she’s hilarious and also a fellow film geek), and Peeta Mellark of the Hunger Games (because he could bring good bread).
You can choose one fictional world to live in for the rest of your life. Where do you go?
If you could erase one book from your memory, what would it be, and why?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so I could read it with a blank slate for the first time ever. (I didn’t get to read the Harry Potter series until long after all of the books had come out, so I already knew every plot twist and character death. WHAT A TRAGEDY.)
What’s your favourite book/series of all-time?
This changes constantly, but at the moment: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Gorgeous character development and plotting.
And finally, where can people find you on the internet?
Thanks Julia for coming by and answering my questions!
If you have a comment or a question for Julia or myself, please leave a comment below, and as always, watch this place for another interview next week. Thanks for reading!