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#LoveOzYA Day 1: Q&A with Lili Wilkinson

For 137 years, Dymocks has proudly supported Australian authors, and we wanted to throw our support behind one of the most exciting and vibrant literary initiatives we've seen in recent years -- #LoveOzYA.

We fully support the #LoveOzYA aim of promoting local content to local readers, and until 15 August 2016 you can pick from a list of over 40 great Australian YA titles and get two books for $30. 

Every week day during the #LoveOzYA promotion we will be bringing you exclusive content from authors whose books are included in the promotion, and we couldn't think of a better place to start than with the author of our YA Book of the Month, Lili Wilkinson. 

Lili is the award-winning author of ten YA novels, and she is also the brilliant mind behind insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards. Lili's latest novel, The Boundless Sublime, is our YA Book of the Month and it's about an ordinary girl, Ruby Jane Galbraith, seeking peace in the wake of family tragedy. Her search leads her into a community that seems guided by love, but all is not as it first appears...

Intrigued? Read on to find out more about Lili and Ruby. 

1. What was your favourite book growing up and why?
Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain series. I loved everything about it – the Welsh mythology, the characters –especially Eilonwy, the feisty princess who never took any of Taran’s nonsense.
 
2. If you could invite three fictional characters to dinner, who would you pick?
Draco Malfoy, Tyrion Lannister and Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
 
3. What is your favourite part of the #LoveOzYA community?
The support and generosity of everyone – the authors, publishers, booksellers, bloggers, readers etc etc. It feels like a family.
 
4. What would you like to tell your 18 year-old self?
Don’t try to be someone you’re not, because you think it will impress others. Just be you, you’re awesome.
 
5. If you could pick the next big ‘trend’ in YA fiction, what would you choose?
Standalones.
 
6. Who inspires you? (Doesn’t have to be limited to other writers.)
Jim Henson, who knew you could change the world by singing and dancing and making people happy.
 
7. What YA book absolutely needs to be adapted into a film?
Ellie Marney’s Every series.
 
8. What’s the best #LoveOzYA book you’ve read in the past 12 months?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
 
9. What is your number one tip for would-be writers?
Keep writing. They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to get really good at something. So even if your story doesn’t get published or even finished, it’s all worthwhile, because with every word you write, you get a little bit better.
 
10. How would you summarise your latest book in 25 words or less?
Grieving Ruby thinks she’s found peace, in wise, soulful Fox, and his strange community – the Institute of the Boundless Sublime. She’s wrong. Cults are bad.

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Posted by Global Administrator on 28/07/2016