Earlier this year, we ran a Between Two Lockers special series featuring your fave FYA writers and contributors. (Peep the announcement.) Since April, a few new contributors have joined FYA HQ, so we’re bringing the series back to give you a chance to get to know them, too!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
What’s your name?
Where are you from/located?
Bay Area, CA
What do you do when you’re not writing for FYA?
Participating in some other FYA-related activity? Author events, concerts, and blogging are how I spend most of my evenings. Ok, seriously, when I'm not fangirling with FYA, I can be found leading the most amazing group of mental health professionals for a school-based mental health organization.
What do you look like?
Where can you be found on social media?
THE ACTUAL YA-RELATED QUESTIONS
How long have you been writing for FYA, and how did you start writing for the site?
I started writing for FYA last year when my FYA chapter's fearless leader, Amanda, recruited me to help with comic recaps. I had interest in blogging and am pretty social so I wanted to write within a group of fellow enthusiasts. FYA provided me the perfect opportunity and I'm thrilled to be part of it.
How did you come to read YA as an adult?
I read a lot of YA as a YA—if there was a book by Christopher Pike or Lois Duncan, I was reading it. I came back to it like a lot of us did, through Twilight, but stayed on for the ride because adult problems are boring.
Why do you think YA is an important genre, for both actual Ys and those of us who are more A?
As we get older, we manage to forget what being a youth is really like, as well as not remembering how intensely everything feels at that point in life. YA is a breath of fresh air in helping understand the unique youth experience, especially as things change.
What are five of your favorite YA books?
- The Giver (and it's companion novels) by Lois Lowry
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
- Every Day by David Levithan
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Do you have a favorite YA character or couple? If so, who are they, and why are they The Best?
I go through favorites and book boyfriends like there is no tomorrow but I was impressed with Hermione Winters from Exit, Pursued by a Bear. I highly identified with her and believe there should be more books out there that show different types of reactions to trauma.
THE YA QUESTIONS
If your real life adolescence was a YA book ... What would you, the main character, be like?
Smart and optimistic in a somewhat naive way. I have always been a glass half full, roll off your shoulders type of person, who comes off a little too peppy at times and struggles with the right thing to say.
Who is your secret crush?
The geeky guy with the great smile and far too kind attitude.
What is your number #1 source of angst?
Group work! Trying to lead a team is sometimes like herding cats and I am totally one of those people who can't settle for less than 100%.
At what point would the reader pump his/her fist in victory?
When I got into my first choice in college. I'm the first person in my family to go to college and it was a very scary, unknown experience that I went through basically by myself.
And who would play you in the film adaptation?
Jillian Rose Reed, for sure.
THE SLUMBER PARTY QUESTIONS
What is your #1 favorite food?
Macaroni and cheese!
Tell me about your area of expertise.
I'm the one who invites everyone via social media. I'd be hunting down and tracking everyone's participation … and you better be there!
If you could assemble your own Ocean's 11 of fictional characters, who would you pick?
1. Mercy Wong from Outrun the Moon—This girl kicks major butt and knows her strategy.
2. Bonnie Bennett from The Vampire Diaries—Every team needs a good witch.
3. Charlie from Supernatural—Hacker+LARPing.
4. Dr. House from House—Enough said.
5. Bailey Hoskins from The Worst X-Man Ever—His ability? He can blow up, but only once and it's permanent. He really needs a team to love him.
6. Nick from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist—He can set up the ultimate playlist.
7. Micheline Helsing from Shutter—Legendary family and can handle ghosts with ease.
8. Adelina from The Young Elites—Yeah, she's a bit morally ambiguous but I have strong hopes that she can come around to the good side.
9. Dick Grayson aka Nightwing—Talent & a beautiful butt.
10. Cassie of The 5th Wave—Since she is all of humanity. *sideglance*
11. Taylor Rene Krystal Hawkins from Beauty Queens—She's leading this team, naturally.
What is your best karaoke song?
Definitely “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas, because SupernaturalCon <3.
Tell me something scandalous!
A good girl never kisses and tells ...
What is your favorite adult beverage?
I'm a champagne girl all the way and, let's be real, I'm drinking it by the bottle.
What is the most crucial snack food and/or movie/or anything you'd bring to an FYA slumber party?
Monopoly money to throw at the screen during Magic Mike XXL.
What book have you read the most number of times?
The only books I've read more than once are The Giver and Fifty Shades of Grey so ...
YA authors are so cool. Who would you give a BFF charm to?
Stacey Lee, for always being so supportive of our local book community and writing amazing characters that inspire!
Out of all of the characters you’ve read, which one do you most wish you could be?
Aristotle from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. He has the most amazing, supportive parents.
AND NOW, MASH
Christy made three picks for each category, and I added a fourth. The magic number (chosen by a random number generator) was 9.
M A S H
# OF KIDS
Infinite Foster Children
Geneticist (possibly evil?)
YA book blogger
Paid in wishes
Inherit Scrooge McDuck's Coin Room
Paid in Queen Industries Stock
Paid in Ugly Christmas Sweaters From Grandma
Colby, North Carolina
A magical talking cat
The Pig from The Raven Cycle
Do you have additional questions for Christy? Or maybe just want to comment on something particularly awesome that she said? Head to the comments!