Author Chat with Adam Silvera (They Both Die At The End)!
Today we're excited to chat with Adam Silvera, author of They Both Die At The End.
Read on for more about Adam and his book!
Meet Adam Silvera!
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.
Represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency.
Meet They Both Die At The End!
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I have equal love for Mateo and Rufus. It's their story of how they evolve beyond themselves with the help of each other.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Both, really. I had an idea for a world where we get a phone call on the day we're going to die and then the title popped up before I even had names for the boys.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That writing is trial and error. Sometimes you will write a book the wrong way. But you have to write it the wrong way to learn how to rewrite it. This book was originally told from Mateo's POV only, and then I wrote Rufus into the book, then I wrote the other voices. Very different from where I started.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Oh man, it's so beautiful. If you knew nothing about the book, no title even, you get the mood we're going for. And then you get surprised by the shadow of the grim reaper and the skull in the shy and wow. It was love at first sight. So grateful to Erin Fitzsimmons and Simon Prades for this brilliant cover.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
Excited to read Mackenzie Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and Cindy Pon's Want and Marie Lu's Warcross and Lauren Oliver's Ringer.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016?
Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also A Star. I think about it regularly.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Secret book coming out at a secret time that I'm not so secretly excited about! Hint: It's a secret.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Pages 347-353 is all I'm going to say.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Rufus, at first, which is why I'm so glad he got to narrate his story in the first place.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising! Fewer blank pages to stare at.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Ability to nap anywhere and everywhere.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
It Gets Better, for sure. We've moved into safer spaces, but things are far from perfect. Queer teens need all the support we can give them.
They Both Die At The End
By: Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5th, 2017