31 Days of Authors: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)
Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Kiersten White, whose book Paranormalcy is #8 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.
This past July as I was picking out my Comic Con panels, I noticed that Kiersten White was on two of the YA panels I wanted to attend. I had been meaning to read Paranormalcy, and knowing I was going to see White was all the motivation I needed; I read the book in one sitting. Why had I waited so long?? As someone who watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer religiously, I was thrilled that vampires weren’t romanticized and the dangers of supernatural creatures were noted. It was a fun new interpretation on a popular genre of YA lit. It’s no wonder that it was voted on to this year’s Teens’ Top Ten.
If any of you have a chance to go and see Kiersten White speak, do it. Don’t ask questions, just go. You’ll thank me later. She’s hysterically funny and says things like, “You’re in love with a vampire that sparkles – that’s funny.” If you need more convincing, check out the video she made below about making the Teen’s Top Ten, which gives us some insight into Endlessly, the final book in the Paranormacly series:
If you can’t see her in person, you can follow her on Twitter, check out her website where she posts funny and heartfelt blog posts, and watch the fun videos she made to support Supernaturally. Personally, I can’t wait to read her upcoming books Mind Games and Flood and Stone.
– Faythe Arredondo, currently reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline