Author Interview... with Lisa McMann!9:00 AM
Guess what book comes out today that I'm so excited to see finally hit shelves?... CRYER'S CROSS! So yes, a very happy release day to Lisa McMann's latest novel! Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, but Cryer's Cross is bound to be another hit. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada, I was fortunate enough to ask Lisa some questions.
I loved writing Kendall because her OCD was challenging – my daughter helped me a lot with that because she has OCD. I also loved writing Jacián because his personal growth from beginning to end was so broad. He has good reason to be bitter about his circumstances, and I loved how he rose above that throughout the course of the book.
2) If you had a playlist for Cryer's Cross, what songs would be found on it?
You’re going to gasp when I tell you I don’t listen to music while writing – it’s very distracting to me. So I don’t often have songs influencing my books. Maybe your readers can come up with some good ones in the comments!
3) What is it like to write a stand-alone novel compared to a trilogy?
It’s both easier and harder. Easier because you know what you are in for – you need to tell everything about these characters in the space of one book. Harder because each stand-alone requires a whole new set of characters to figure out.
4) The film rights for your Wake trilogy were sold less than a year ago. How does it feel knowing there's a possible chance to one day see one of your novels shining on the big screen?
I’ve always said that my main goal in seeing a film about my books is to bring more attention and more readers to the books. I think it’s fantastic and I really hope it happens. Cross your fingers!
5) How do you feel about the subject of parents and/or other adults trying to ban novels such as your own or other YA novels?
As a mom, I believe that parents have every right to decide what their kids should and should not read. But I am not the mom of every kid in the school. Once I try to tell somebody else’s kid what they can’t read, I’ve crossed a line, and I believe that’s not only arrogant, but wrong. As a writer, I feel the same way. If parents don’t wish their kids to read my books, I’m fine with that. Just don’t keep other people’s kids – some of whom really need these characters – from reading.
6) Can you give any hints or details about your upcoming dystopian series?