This will be a busy week for Divergent fans: Allegiant is finally out tomorrow, plus there will be tons of fun with Veronica throughout the week. We even had the chance to ask Veronica a few questions in preparation for Allegiant's release!
Frenzy: What is the biggest change in your life now that the DIVERGENT trilogy has become such a huge success?
Veronica: Well, before I sold the book I was a college student wondering how on earth she was going to get a job after graduation, so the biggest change is that I’m able to support myself by writing full time. That doesn’t happen to every writer, so I’m grateful for it.
Frenzy: If you weren’t a full-time writer, what else would you be doing?
Veronica: It’s hard to imagine. A children’s book editor? A proofreader? Something word-related!
Frenzy: What is the craziest piece of fan art or swag you’ve received?
Veronica: Most of the fan art or swag I get isn’t crazy, per se, but I’m often pleasantly surprised by how much talent and hard work and creativity goes into some of the art. And one of the best things I’ve gotten is that my older brother Karl wrote a song inspired by Divergent. It’s beautiful. I cried when I first heard it.
Frenzy: How do you choose your character’s names?
Veronica: It depends on the character. With Tris, I needed a name that sounded a little stuffy and Abnegation-like that could shorten to a tougher, more Dauntless name—so that’s how I chose “Beatrice.” The name “Tobias” is a kind of homage to my favorite Animorphs character. But with most of the names, I just pick something doesn’t call attention to itself (Peter, Christina, Al, Will)—I want the character to make the name memorable, not the other way around.
Frenzy: You’ve been a trailblazer in the world of YA dystopia. What other genres are you interested in writing in?
Veronica: I don’t know about being a trailblazer—I feel like that trail was pretty well blazed already! But I’ve always loved sci-fi and fantasy, and most of my ideas tend to fit into those categories. No matter what, I intend to keep writing YA, but right now I’m looking forward to taking a little writing break.
Bookish is so cool! Go check them out!
Here are 5 articles from Bookish that we thoroughly enjoyed this week:
This article asks, “what would happen to you if you ended up in a desolate land where the U.S.A. you know today is destroyed? Would you survive?
They’ve made a couple unconventional pairings here… like Daredevil and Knives Chau. Check it out!
Just read it! Also, if you’ve already read the book and seen the movie, check out this Daily Beast article on the differences between the two!
Ellen Hopkins tells it like it is and talks about the importance of authenticity in YA books (YES!)
Last but not least, check out what Lauren Oliver reads (hint: there are some surprises).
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