Top 5 Reasons to Love Tessa Gratton!
July 17, 2013
One of the coolest things about being a YA lit fanatic is how amazingly easy it is to communicate with and see all your favorite authors. I mean, really, how many adult authors would respond personally to your comment on their blog, friend you on Facebook after you posted about their book, mention your name in a video on their YouTube channel, and tell embarrassing stories about their own teen years while you are standing right next to them? Not many, that's for sure. But YA authors love being connected to their readers as much as possible.
So, last Tuesday night, I got to see YA author Tessa Gratton speak at a Johnson County Library branch in Overland Park. If you weren't already familiar with Tessa (a Kansas author who grew up in the KC metro area) from her first two novels - Blood Magic and The Blood Keeper - you might have found her because of The Curiosities, a collection of short fiction (and random musings and illustrations) that Tessa published last August with fellow YA authors Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff. All three of these authors are awesome, and it was great to get to hear Tessa talk about how their writing partnership works, as well as about her own writing process, why she writes YA, what authors she loves reading, and her other random obsessions. To make the night even better, my name was drawn to win a free copy of her new book, The Lost Sun, and she signed it for me! And that's what I'm sharing with you today, my top 5 reasons to LOVE Tessa Gratton.
Top 5 Reasons to Love Tessa Gratton
- When she was a kid, she wanted to be a wizard or a paleontologist. And now she writes about magic and monsters. Coincidence?
- Her tweets are smart. (And she loathes Facebook.)
- She's one of the Merry Sisters of Fate.
- She can recite Beowulf. In the original Old English. And then translate it for you.
- Her Tumblr page is full of fascinating stuff.
Check it all out. You know you want to. And she wants you to, too. Because that's how YA authors roll.
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