Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Pintip Dunn (Star-Crossed), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Pintip Dunn (Star-Crossed)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Pintip, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Pintip Dunn!
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and the upcoming MALICE.
"Cleverly written, intriguing, and heart-wrenching." – New York Times bestselling author Jodi Meadows
Princess Vela's people are starving.
Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one.
Now the king is dying, too.
When the boy she's had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father's, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.
Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: If you could spend an entire day with the character of your choice from any YA novel, who would it be and why?
I would love to spend the day with Vela, the heroine of my newest novel, Star-Crossed. Vela is an Aegis for her people, which means that on her food-deficient planet, she’s received a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, so that she can convert food into energy more efficiently. Nutrients can then be extracted from her body via a pill and distributed to the other colonists of Dion.
The world of Dion is stunning. When rain falls on the energy shields of Dion, it splatters into different colors based on the size and weight of the drop. Likewise, in the outside planet, the terrain is filled with craggy rocks and colored streams of water. Bees have been genetically altered to flash like fireflies, and a majestic, powerful waterfall dominates one end of the colony.
In addition to the beauty of this environment, the food served to the Aegis is impressive and unusual. Since land is scarce, the Aegis consume insects for protein. However, these insects need to be packaged in a meal enticing enough to convince the Aegis to eat for their people, so the spread is always luscious and mouth-watering.
I’d love to experience just one day of this world! I think it would be so much fun to spend time with characters that I created — ones who are so similar to me and reflect my heart — in a really cool world of my imagination.
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
I love YA because of the possibility inherent in these stories. To me, young adult novels are about the journey that a character takes to discover who they are, and often, that person is stronger, braver, and more resourceful than the character ever dreamed. I find this journey incredibly inspiring, and reading YA motivates me to reach my full potential and to be the best person I can be. Plus, the super cool adventures and swoony kisses don’t hurt!
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
There are two pieces of advice that have stuck with me through my entire career. The first quote, from Nora Roberts, is that you can revise a bad page, but you can’t revise a blank one. I think as writers, we put so much pressure on ourselves to write that “heartbreaking work of staggering genius” that it becomes virtually impossible to create anything. I truly believe that we have to give ourselves permission to not be perfect, to slap something on the page that we can fix later. This is how books get written. Otherwise, our perfectionism will keep us stymied on the very first page.
The second piece of advice is: “You are the only person in the world who can write this particular story.” I believe in this quote passionately. When I was getting rejected, again and again, I would tell myself that if I didn’t write this story, nobody would. And if I believed that this story belongs in the world, it would be a shame if it didn’t exist because I gave up.
Since then, a comment I’ve received a few times is “this story is . . . odd.” I’ve learned to embrace that comment because you know what? My stories are odd. And so am I. That’s what makes my viewpoint unique. That’s why I’m the only person in this world who can write my stories.
By: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
The cover is lovely and will attract YA Readers. The title hints at the synopsis and it sounds great. It will be a hit, I'm sure. Congratulations on the book and thanks for the giveaway,
The cover is absolutely stunning, but I really love the premise of the book in general! I am a huge sci-fi fan and this sounds really unique! Thanks so much for the chance!