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Read on for more about Nova Ren Suma & Emily X.R. Pan and the book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Nova Ren Suma!
Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she spent most of her adult life in New York City and now lives in Philadelphia.
Meet Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA!
Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons
Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.
Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.
What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan.
This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults.
~ Author Chat ~
- What gave you the inspiration to start Foreshadow?
Nova: A train ride from NYC to Washington DC, talking about dream projects. Emily and I had the same dream—to start a publication of YA short stories, which is how Foreshadow began as foreshadowya.com [foreshadowya.com] before it became the print anthology coming out October 20th—and by the time the train arrived at the station, I knew we had to do this project together.
- Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Nova: For an intensely emotional scene, dark chocolate. For an intimidating blank page, baby carrots. For magic, Rice Krispies.
- Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Nova: If I trust in my story and give it time to cook, it will reveal what it's meant to be... The problem I keep having to learn again and again is that, in order for this to happen, I just have to be really, really patient.
- 4. What’s on your TBR pile?
Nova: Short story collections and anthologies: Likes by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi, Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, A People’s Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva, How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa.
- What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
Nova: I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura van den Berg. (Yes, it's another short story collection. Some might call me obsessed.)
- What’s up next for you?
Nova: Disappearing and finishing some secret writing projects. I hope to emerge in 2021 with some news for people wondering where my next novel is... All I can say now is it's definitely cooking.
- Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Nova: The magic happens for me in revision. That's when the threads start to get pulled and the motifs emerge and the wonderful discoveries make my heart beat fast. The agony and thunderous doubt happens in first draft. I never believe I can finish a novel until I have at least 200 pages.
- What would you say is your superpower?
By: Nova Ren Suma / Emily X.R. Pan
Publisher: Algonquin Books YR
Release Date: October 20th, 2020
Four winners will receive a copy of Foreshadow (Emily X.R. Pan & Nova Ren Sum) ~ (US Only)
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