In case you missed the announcement, over the next few months, we’ll be running a Between Two Lockers special series featuring your fave FYA writers and contributors. We’re kicking things off with the founder of FYA—Posh!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
What’s your name?
Posh Deluxe (a.k.a. Sarah Pitre)
Where are you from/located?
What do you do when you’re not writing for FYA?
I'm the Senior Director of Programming & Promotions at the Alamo Drafthouse (a cinema chain), which means I work with our national creative team on selecting films and planning special events for big releases. You might think that sounds like a really fun job ... and it is!
What do you look like?
Where can you be found on social media?
THE ACTUAL BOOK-RELATED QUESTIONS
How long have you been writing for FYA, and how did you start writing for the site?
I published the very first post on FYA on July 17, 2009. (So, yeah, it's been a while!) Back at that time, I couldn't find an online community for YA fans like myself—basically, an avid reader and drinker—so I decided to create one with the help of a few other gals. I had no idea how much that decision would change my life!
How did you come to read YA as an adult?
The summer of 2000, I had a college internship at a local library, where I was tasked with building the teen collection. This is when I discovered Sarah Dessen, and that's all it took!
Why do you think YA is an important genre, for both actual Ys and those of us who are more A?
Adolescence is such a crazy, pivotal time for everyone, regardless of background or culture, and that universality is what can make the YA genre so powerful. I also think that there's less critical pressure on authors who are writing books for teens, which means there's freedom to take risks in terms of subject matter. YA writers are a daring bunch, and they're often the first to tackle important and controversial issues in a way that is accessible to everyone.
What are five of your favorite YA books?
In no particular order:
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
The Disreputable History of Frankie Laundau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Do you have a favorite YA character or couple? If so, who are they, and why are they The Best?
Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie FOREVER!!! Jessica is a smart, hilarious, relatable heroine, while Marcus is the ultimate Mysterious Loner Dude. Their electric, tumultuous relationship is this generation's Lizzie and Darcy.
THE YA QUESTIONS
If your real life adolescence was a YA book ... What would you, the main character, be like?
Sheltered and way, way too obsessed with grades. There wouldn't be much angst, since I was really happy in high school, so the only interesting theme would be my seemingly split worlds—I had one foot in youth group and the other in theater.
Who is your secret crush?
I had two! One was the classic MLD, and the other was the opposite—a hot, popular jock who was also really smart.
What is your number #1 source of angst?
I wish I could say that it was pining over those crushes, but honestly ... it was probably my grades. (I KNOW.)
At what point would the reader pump his/her fist in victory?
When I finally got my first real kiss, senior year in high school. (My actual first kiss was in a play. AWKWARD.)
And who would play you in the film adaptation?
She's too old now, but I've had people tell me that I look like Dakota Fanning, and I think she's more than capable of capturing my anal academic side as well as my theater weirdness.
THE SLUMBER PARTY QUESTIONS
What is your #1 favorite food?
It's a tie between french fries and mac & cheese.
Tell me about your area of expertise.
Champagne. Maybe not so much an expert in knowing about champagne as much as an expert in drinking it.
If you could assemble your own Ocean's 11 of fictional characters, who would you pick?
1. Frankie Landau-Banks
2. Jessica Darling
3. Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle
4. Alex Adair from the Ashes Trilogy
5. Cassie Sullivan from The 5th Wave Trilogy
6. Tyrannus Basilton Pitch from Carry On
7. Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road
8. Elias from An Ember in the Ashes
9. Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson
10. Kristy Palmetto from The Truth About Forever
11. Hermione Granger
What is your best karaoke song?
My husband and I just retired our number one jam, “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory, because once you've perfected something, it's time to move on.
Tell me something scandalous!
Two of the FYA gals (I won't name names) barely drink alcohol at all. I know, it's SO off brand.
What is your favorite adult beverage?
What is the most crucial snack food and/or movie/or anything you'd bring to an FYA slumber party?
My vital slumber party supplies are: champagne, brownie bites, You’ve Got Mail and Betsey Johnson jim-jams.
What book have you read the most number of times?
It's gotta be a tie between Second Helpings and The Truth About Forever.
YA authors are so cool. Who would you give a BFF charm to?
Thanks to the FYA community, I've had the privilege of meeting so many writers I admire. It's unreal, honestly, and I thank my lucky stars everyday.
(This is my way of saying I CAN'T CHOOSE.)
Out of all of the characters you’ve read, which one do you most wish you could be?
Bex Porter in The Royal We. That girl is LIVING THE DREAM.
AND NOW, MASH
Posh made three picks for each category, and I added a fourth. The magic number (chosen by a random number generator) was 2.
A S H
# OF KIDS
YA book blogger
Paid in wishes
Paid $1 million
Paid in champagne and jewelry
Paid with Pemberly + 10,000 pounds a year
Colby, North Carolina
San Francisco, CA
Boo the Dog
A magical talking cat
Winston the Cat (RIP)
Phyllis Nefler's car from Troop Beverly Hills
Town car with a driver
Molly Ringwald's car from Pretty in Pink
The Pig from The Raven Cycle
Do you have additional questions for Posh? Or maybe just want to comment on something particularly awesome that she said? Head to the comments!