Favorite YA or NA novel or author?
The YA series that has meant the most to me (other than Harry Potter, but that goes without saying, right?) is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. These books are such an elegant, beautiful exploration of friendships, growing up, sexuality, and the magic of small towns. I made all of my friends read them in college and when the last book was released we stayed up all night reading it out loud to each other because we wanted to experience it at the same time.
What do you love about working in publishing?
I literally talk about books all day, and there’s nothing better. I’m surrounded by people who will discuss fan theories with me for hours or interrupt their lunch break to watch a trailer for the latest YA movie adaption three times. It’s never boring, and I couldn’t ask for better coworkers. Book people really are the best people.
If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who would it be?
I think that I would want to spend a day with Lyra in the world of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman. Specifically, I’d want to hang out with Lyra in her version of Oxford—she could show me all of her secret hidden places, and I love our world’s version of Oxford, so getting to see the differences would be fascinating. Also, I want to know what my daemon would be!
If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
Teleportation, no question. I don’t need any fancy x-ray vision and it would be terrible to be able to read minds. I am firmly convinced that if I could teleport, it would solve 90% of my problems. No more subway, no more expensive plane tickets, and I could go home to see my dogs every day!
Do you have any pets? If so, introduce them to the world (with pictures!).
I grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds, and my life would be totally incomplete without them! My parents still have two horses (Dexter and Kayli), two cats (Ranger and Pinball), and two dogs (Strider and Ruby), and I visit them every chance I get.
Just some puppies chillin’.