Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Interview: Ransom Riggs

How many of you have heard of YallFest? How many are attending? It's a one day book festival in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, check out the official website! Each monday and friday leading up to the festival, I, along with a bunch of other bloggers, will be posting author interviews to help with promotion for the festival. Today, please welcome Ransom Riggs! He is the author of Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. I have read his book and expect a review soon! He's also engaged to the amazing Tahereh Mafi, whose book I have reviewed here. That alone makes him amazingly awesome. Now go read Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, well, after you read the interview of course!

Author Interview:

Q. What one thing do you need to have when you write?

A. Silence. My noise-cancelling headphones have become almost essential.

Q. What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

A. The first. I rewrite and rewrite it a million times. The last comes easy.

Q. Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

A. I’m six foot four. I lived on a working farm until I was five. I used to know how to cook Indian food but now I’ve forgotten. I love documentaries. One day I will conquer the moon.

Q. What are you working on now?

A. A novel for Little, Brown the plot of which is SECRET! (Sort of, for now. But I’m really excited about it.)

Q. What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

A. Oh, definitely YA to write in. I read everything, lots of YA, lots of adult, nonfiction of all sorts. I even read poetry when I’m feeling ambitious. I think it’s crucial to have lots of different influences. If you only read in the genre you write in, your writing will sound like everything else that’s already out there.

Author Bio:

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida, where he spent his formative years making silly movies with his friends in their various backyards, snorkeling, and complaining about the heat. He studied English at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles. He makes films you can watch on his YouTube page: He enjoys traveling to exotic lands and complaining about the heat. He would like to thank you for reading this short biography.

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Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. 

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