Hi Hawwa! *Takes cookies and scoffs them in one* I'm a 23 year-old, half-Chinese, half-English girl from a little town just outside London, though I used to live in Malaysia, where my mum is originally from. I work as a social media freelancer, a fashion blogger (I run website Girl in the Lens with my boyfriend Callum), and a YA writer too now, which is obviously my favourite of all three.
The Elites is set in a futuristic city where no one ever enters, and no one leaves. The story follows Silver, a fifteen-year old girl who works for the city's leaders as an Elite, who ends up having to do the unthinkable and leave the city with her best friend Butterfly after her parents go missing, and what they discover outside the city's walls really make them question everything they've known about their lives up until then. The Elites is an YA adventure story with some romance, sci-fi, fantasy and social commentary elements mixed in!
I actually used The Elites as a placeholder name, hoping my agent or publishers would come up with a better name! But everyone ended up liking it so it stayed. I've grown to love it. I think it hints at one of the key themes of the story - what does it mean to be 'an elite' and who really is one?
Always. From as far back as I can remember. I love writing, hence my other jobs in social media and blogging, but novels have always been where my heart lies.
well i'm glad you decided to write it!
Kristin Kreuk or Shay Mitchell's exotic looks would work well for Silver, I think. Butterfly I've always imagined as a cross between Adam Brody and a young Henry Cavill. For Ember, I think Olivia Wilde with dyed red hair would be perfect - she's got those intense green eyes and is super gorgeous too, of course, with a really sharp, sculpted face. Cobe's a difficult one. Maybe Aneurin Barnard? He's got the big eyes and slight awkwardness to his features that Cobe has, and is a fantastic actor too.
i looked up a young Kristin Kreuk and she would have been perfect! But where does that leave me?!
The Edge in Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's the Edge Chronicles! Such an inventive, colourful world.
Only Butterfly - he was influenced by my boyfriend Callum. Callum is one of the strongest, most loyal people I know, and he's always there for me, even when I'm at my worst. Unfortunately, Callum doesn't have wings ...
*sigh* he could grow some?! ;)
Probably Roald Dahl's Matilda! I'm always reading and living in my imagination. I'd like to say Hermione too, but I don't think I'm as brave as her.
Oh my gosh, so many things! I see little things on every page that I'd like to edit, and there are a few bigger picture things that, if I had unlimited time, I might have worked a bit more on. But I think every author feels like that. I am proud of the fact that The Elites is my first book, and hopefully I can only improve with each one!
Flying - I would love to be able to just take off into the sky. Plus, I'm scared of airplanes, so it'd be a much more pleasant way for me to travel!
oh me too! and my younger brother wants to be a pilot.. O____O
I'm quite easy when it comes to writing. As long as I'm somewhere without music, I can write. But most of the time I write at my dining room table - there's plenty of food within arm's reach!
The same thing as it is when I write now - just sitting down and writing! It's weird really, as I'm always thinking about my stories when I'm not writing, and I mostly enjoy it once I've started. But that first bit of getting my bum into a chair ... it's tough. I think it's because I'm scared that I won't be able to do the ideas in my head justice.
The Elites was a mix of my interest in cultures, things I was studying for my Geography degree, and a programme about DNA which showed just how many specific characteristics are coded into a person's genes. I've also always been fascinated by the nature versus nurture debate, so I wanted to explore it through a story. But though I had the idea for The Elites in my second year of university, I didn't actually start writing it until early last year (2012). I think, like my answer to the question above, I was scared to write. The Elites is the first novel I've ever written, so I had no idea whether I could actually write a whole book.
YA wasn't really a category when I was a teen (too long ago now, sigh!), so most of these are more on the children's side - The Edge Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Noughts and Crosses, Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series and Harry Potter. That's loads more than ten if you include all the books of each series. Current favourite - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Beautiful, beautiful book.
ELEANOR AND PARK!!! Don't get me started on that book! *happy sigh*
Butterfly (duh). Because - hot boy with wings. He's also fiercely loyal and grounded, and will always have your back.
AAAAAHHHHHHHH! Ok - The Book Thief, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. And then The Elites (because I gotta show off to those zombies) and a blank notepad - because helloooo exciting inspiration for more stories!
hahah good choices. those zombies may become your friends - because they love your book so much?!