My Interview with Author David James:
Me: What is your favorite part about being a writer?
David James: I love creating characters. It's weird to think about, that you're actually writing lives and emotions and feelings, but I love the concept. And I really enjoy writing fantasy.
What are the hardest scenes to write?
For me, writing the worlds is always the most difficult. Creating new worlds is hard, and to add the right amount of detail breaks me every single time. But I still love doing it, because the end result is so incredible.
Why do you write YA?
I write YA because of the urgency in which the characters fall in love. Simple as that. I love the way most YA character love so freely, so emotionally, and I think there's a lot to learn from them.
What is your all time favorite novel?
Oh, man. I don't know. If I had to pick ONE, it would probably be a Maggie Stiefvater novel. Shiver or maybe The Scorpio Races.
Favorite fictional creature? Fictional character?
Harry Potter is pretty up there, and any creature in the Harry Potter world is fantastic.
Summer or Winter?
Your book covers are gorgeous. Who designs your covers? If not you, do you have a say in the process?
Thanks so much! My covers are designed by Keary Taylor, who is both an incredibly talented designer and author. We both throw ideas around until we're happy with the end result, and I'm so thankful that they've all turned out as amazing as they have. I really love them, and Shades of the Stars might be my favorite one yet!
You often talk about diversity in books. What is your favorite book that serves as an example of a diverse novel?
I do. I think talking about diversity is important. Books should reflect the world, and the world is a variety of colors. I really enjoyed the diversity that was found in Harry Potter. If you look closely, there aren't too many cultures, sexualities, races, or ideas that weren't represented in Rowling's world.
Author you'd love to meet?
Maggie Stiefvater! Though, I'd probably not know what to say.
Do you have a dream cast for any of characters in Shades of the Stars or the Legend of the Dreamer series?
Kind of. When I write, I find pictures of people who I think would best fit the characters so I'm always reminded of what they look like. For all my character, however, I picked models instead of actors, so I'm not even sure of their names! I didn't do it on purpose, so I may have to come up with a cast list sometime soon! I do think Alden Ehrenreich would make a great Calum, though. He played Ethan in Beautiful Creatures, and Ethan and Calum are very similar in a lot of ways.
Favorite book to movie adaptation?
Harry Potter! Or, actually, The Help was excellent.
Best writing fuel: coffee or tea?
COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE.
Where to Buy Books in the Legend of the Dreamer Series:
Shades of the Stars (Legend of the Dreamer #1.5): Amazon
Shades of the Stars includes all of the Legend of the Dreamer novellas
Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer #1): Amazon
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