YALL Fest Interview: Ransom Riggs

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Today’s YALL Fest interview is with author, Ransom Riggs!

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Ransom Riggs is a young adult author is most known for his book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which has been optioned for film by Tim Burton. Hollow City, the sequel for the novel, will be releasing in January of 2014. The book was inspired by photographs, which eventually became a narrative, and has become a very popular book. You can read the synopsis for the book here:

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. 

Enjoy this short interview with Ransom Riggs!

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

A: Silence. My noise canceling headphones have become 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 five 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 its 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.

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