“I was fascinated by how quickly these tiny, sleepy towns transformed into booming cities where fortune, opportunity, desperation, and poverty all rubbed elbows.”
Anna Schumacher is the author of Children of the Earth, an End Times novel, and will be one of the the panelists at the upcoming NYC Teen Author Festival Reading Night this July 1 in Greenwich Village.
- What’s the surprising inspiration behind one (your choice) of the characters or stories you’ve created?
I stumbled upon the inspiration for END TIMES, my doomsday thriller series, in a New York Times article about oil boomtowns in North Dakota. I was fascinated by how quickly these tiny, sleepy towns transformed into booming cities where fortune, opportunity, desperation, and poverty all rubbed elbows, and I thought a setting like that would be perfect for an epic battle between good and evil.
- If you could rescue one obscure book and make it more widely known to the world, which book would you choose and why?
When I was in high school I loved The Grounding of Group Six and everything else by Julian F. Thompson; he wrote about groups of teens thrown together in unusual and sinister circumstances, and his characters were all kind of quirky and wry and lovable. I never understood why he didn’t get the same kind of recognition as other YA authors at the time – there were way fewer of us then!
- You can ask one question to any author, living or dead. What would you ask and why?
I’d ask Stephen King how he comes up with his characters’ speech quirks and inner monologues. He’s the absolute master of dialogue: every character sounds utterly distinct. I’m sure a lot of it is pure talent, but he has to have a few tricks up his sleeve too, right?
- What’s the best (or your favorite) feedback you’ve received from a reader?
An Amazon reviewer for End Times complained that the cover felt so rough on her hands that she ended up taping a plastic bag over it. I kind of got a kick out of that.
- What’s the worst writing advice you’ve received from a teacher?
In the third grade I had an English teacher who insisted that poetry had to rhyme. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.
For more information about Anna Schumacher and her books:
Visit her online at: http://schumacherya.tumblr.com/
Follow her on Twitter at: @schumacherYA