Hayley Chewins

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Website: http://www.hayleychewins.com
Twitter: @hayley_chewins

  1. When you were my age (11), did you like to read?

I did! I loved poring over National Geographic magazines, and I wanted to read anything I wasn’t “supposed” to read—i.e., books for adults.

  1. What is a book that made an impact on you?

As a child: Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee.

As an adult: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.

  1. Is it hard to come up with book ideas?

Not anymore. When I first began to write, I didn’t feel I had anything valuable to say, and I tried to write like the writers I admired. I hardly had any ideas. Once I found my voice, though, I started to get ideas all the time.

  1. Is there a new or lesser-known author you think kids should be aware of?

New: Elka Evalds and Lesley Parr.

Lesser-known: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and K.A. Reynolds.

  1. What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?

The only way you learn how to write a book all the way from the beginning to the end is by writing a book all the way from the beginning to the end. You have to practise middles and endings, not just beginnings. It will be hard. It will feel daunting. But that’s what writers do—they finish their stories. Figure out how to finish your stories and keep practising.

  1. As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?

I do, sometimes! It’s wonderful. I love hearing that my book has moved or captured someone. It’s always magical.

  1. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?

I’d love to spend time in The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

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