We hope you’re enjoying reading our daily #LoveOzYA posts as much as we’re enjoying posting them. It’s quite a treat to be able to learn more about some of our favourite authors.
In case you’ve missed any of the other posts, go back and catch up with Q&As from Lili Wilkinson
, Rebekah Turner
, Melissa Keil
, and Ambelin Kwaymullina
Today we’re excited to be posting a Q&A from Fleur Ferris, whose debut novel Risk
was published in 2015. It was a gripping and terrifying novel about the disappearance of a young girl, and we know that many of you were so captivated by it that you read it in a single sitting… or was that just us? Her second novel, Black
, was released earlier this year and follows Ebony ‘Black’ Marshall as she tries to break a curse that follows her and hurts the people she cares for.
If you haven’t picked up a Fleur Ferris novel yet, now is the perfect time to do so because both books are part of the #LoveOzYA promo!
1. What was your favourite book growing up and why?
As a younger kid it was The Magic Faraway Tree
by Enid Blyton. The idea of climbing a tree and entering a whole other magical world was just so good. I read that book many times and it fed my imagination.
2. If you could invite three fictional characters to dinner, who would you pick?
Lukas from the Chasing the Valley series
by Skye Melki-Wegner – Being able to see through the eyes of birds would be so handy on the farm. I need to speak to him about that. If he can’t give me that power I’d like to offer him a job.
Jamie & Evie from Racheal Craw’s Spark series
. Maybe we could call them “Jevie” so we can count them as one? Firstly, I need to see them in the flesh to see how attractive and agile they really are, and secondly, I feel for them. They need a break and they need some them
time (actually, it would be them and me
time, but I’m sure they would be fine with that). I love them so much, I’d like to give them that.
Claire from Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead
by Rebecca James. Claire’s behaviour was SO bad, but I forgive her because she was hurting. At the end of the book things had started to turn around for her. I’d like to see her again to see how she’s doing.
3. What is your favourite part of the #LoveOzYA community?
The friendships and connections I’ve made with other #LoveOzYA authors. I feel like we are all on the same team and everyone is so encouraging and supportive. I feel everyone wants to see everyone else achieve/succeed. Hopefully #LoveOzYA titles rise and rise together and take over the book world.
4. What would you like to tell your 18 year-old self?
Don’t worry about not knowing, everything will fall into place. Following your heart is always the right path to take.
5. If you could pick the next big ‘trend’ in YA fiction, what would you choose?
I wish I had that superpower! I hope its contemporary crime thrillers.
6. Who inspires you? (Doesn’t have to be limited to other writers.)
People who try. People who strive to achieve. My #LoveOzYA author friends. My parents. Those who have battled and survived. Those who maintain hope when things seem futile. People who help others. My husband, kids and extended family. Compassionate people. Those at the top of their field. Scientists.
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?
One True Thing
by Nicole Hayes. Loved it.
9. What is your number one tip for would-be writers?
When it gets hard, just keep writing. Don’t be afraid to write a bad book. Persevere.
10. How would you summarise your latest book in 25 words or less?
@project_lectito did this for me in a review and I’d like to quote it:
Black is “dead creepy and packed with drama.” It “explores what can happen when people follow their beliefs to irrational extremes.”
This review is at https://lectito.me/2016/08/01/review-black-by-fleur-ferris/