Author Spotlight: Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell is one of the reigning YA queens of contemporary and here at YA Love, we adore her. Here's a round-up of some of my favourite Rainbow Rowell comments.
"I think it started with the last Harry Potter movie," Rowell said in an interview with Hypable, when asked what her inspiration was for Fangirl, "and I started thinking about how different it is to be a fan of something now than it was when I was younger... So that's where Cath came from. She's a writer who grew up inside fandom, and now she has to figure out how fandom fits in her life - or how everything else fits around it."
On mental illness and learning disabilities in Hypable, "I didn't plan out how to write about mental illness or learning disabilities in Fangirl, but I wrote from my own experience and from the experiences of people close to me. Three of the people in my innermost circle have difficulty reading books. So when Cath is talking to Levi and saying, "How are you so smart, but you can't read a book?" - I'm thinking about smart people in my own life and the conversations we've had."
On being asked how she made time to write in The Rumpus - "It definitely affected my social life. And I started doing this at the same time I had kids, so my life all of a sudden felt very adult. I abandoned my hobbies, including watching television, which I love. I just got very focused and knew I had to work. So that was my mindset. Even now that I don't have a job, it helps."
In The Guardian on the books she reads & would recommend: "I like to read lots of science fiction and fantasy, and comic books. For people who like my books, I always recommend Stephanie Perkins, especially Anna and the French Kiss. My other rock-solid rec is Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes. For people looking for great comics, I suggest anything by Brian. K. Vaughan, especially Runaways and Saga. The last book that I loved was Then We Came to The End by Joshua Ferris."
Fangirl is definitely my favourite Rainbow Rowell book, but all of them are pretty great. What's your favourite?