Sarah Crossan will be at YALC on the Saturday at a panel discussing dystopian books alongside Malorie Blackman (!!), and Patrick Ness (!!). The panel is entitled 'It's the end of the world as we know it: the ongoing appeal of dystopian' and is on at 11:30-12:15.
5 Fun Facts About Sarah Crossan and her books
1) The story for the BREATHE series came about when I took a trip to the west coast of the USA and saw massive amounts of logging going on. I said to my husband, “Don’t people know we need trees to breathe?” and *ding* the book was born!
2) I once won a bronze medal in a gymnastics competition. YAY! Problem was I was one of only three competitors. BOO!
3) I lived in New Jersey for almost eight years. My first novel, THE WEIGHT OF WATER, was mostly written on a beach in Montauk where I spent one summer. The most beautiful summer of my life.
4) My latest novel is called APPLE AND RAIN. The main character is called Apple – I stole the name from my hairdresser!
5) I do all my writing in a specially built studio at the end of my garden. It’s totally environmentally friendly and even has a grassy roof.
Sarah Crossan on meeting her fans
I absolutely love meeting fans. It’s the best part of the job, by far. Sometimes fans seem a little worried about telling me about their experiences of reading my novels, but they needn’t be because I love hearing it all. When you spend every day alone with a laptop, interaction is always good and knowing that what you’ve done has spoken to someone is marvelous!
I don’t get nervous at signings and always try to have a tiny chat with anyone getting a book signed, but occasionally presentations make me twitch a little. I was a teacher so standing in front of large groups doesn’t bother me – I just feel strange talking non-stop for an hour. I prefer interaction with a group so always try to incorporate questions for the audience in my talks. And unlike some people, I sort of like an audience to be rowdy!