Q:Hi Robyn! I don't know if you answer these types of questions, but I would like some advice. I have written short stories, novellas, and I'm working on a YA novel right now - while having a full time job. Before I graduated college, I was told that going to get an MFA would be the only way I could get published. Most of my favorite authors have not gone to graduate school for creative writing and I'm torn. What's your opinion? I have too much undergraduate debt to take on more. Thanks :)
I didn’t go to graduate school for creative writing! Neither did, off the top of my head, Stephenie Meyer, Ransom Riggs, Beth Revis, Victoria Schwab, John Green, Cassie Clare, Corey Whaley, Tahereh Mafi, Andrew Smith, Veronica Roth, or Rainbow Rowell, to name a few. I think if you are worried about debt and already have a job, find an online or local community of writers, cheer each other on, and finish writing your book.
Q:Oh my goodness I just finished The Beginning of Everything ! Absolutely incredible ! I enjoyed every page and couldn't put it down !!! How did you decide on the name Ezra for your character (a name I really love) ? And would you ever write another novel ? Please do I would line up for anything you publish !!! Thank you for writing an amazing book and taking the time to answer my questions
Ezra is called Ezra because of a stupid argument I had in college (the whole story is in the FAQ on my website). And yes, I have written another novel, which is extremely secret at the moment, but I can tell you that it will be published in May, which is pretty soon, so you’ll have more details shortly.
Q:This isn't really a question, but I just wanted to say that TBoE inspired me to go geocaching, and I tried it for the first time today. It was awesome, and I LOVED it!
Careful you don’t become a fictional character!
Q:Hi, Robyn. I really admire your novel and have a whole bunch of words to say about it. Unfortunately this box is so small and I have so much to say. I also like writing letters. Do you have a P.O box or someplace I could mail you? If not, it's cool and I'll just send you an email, but how cool are letters, right? Thank you for having such an interesting mind and pretty words. I hope you are having a great day and actually living (as apposed to existing). Thank you so much. (✿◠‿◠)
I’ve been getting this question with increasing frequency lately, but unfortunately I don’t have a PO Box. It might be possible to write letters to me via my publisher; I’ll have to ask them. p.s. nice tumblr name.
Q:Hi Robyn! I just finished TBoE and loved, loved, LOVED every word of it! I was wondering, have you ever considered writing a sequel about where Cassidy Thorpe ends up? (I do understand that Cassidy wasn't the point, it was Ezra and Cassidy just happened to come along. But I really loved her as a character and was wondering what became of her)
Thank you. I never know more than my narrator does about the story beyond the last page, so I honestly couldn’t tell you what became of Cassidy, although I hope that wherever she is, she’s happy.
It’s a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.” We can’t wait!
Oh wow. This cover. I am SO EXCITED to preorder this book! #readingitonpubday
√ Harry Potter Inspired Illustrations
A series of “artifacts” from the wizarding world (and extremely fun commission!).
"Harry Potter Artifacts; Books 1-7," ink and watercolor, 2013.
Q:Hi Robin, I have a question about the new cover of TBOE. I do understand that The Fault in Our Stars is not the only book allowed to use the colour blue and that particular colour scheme, but do you think that authors are using the colour scheme to trick or attract readers because of the popularity of John Greens novel? (Also, I am not comparing your book to TFIOS, they are very different and I love them both for separate reasons.)
Authors don’t design their book covers. Covers are a marketing decision between a book publisher and bookstores, and are designed by the publisher’s art department. It is the rare and successful author who is consulted about their book cover, and it is rarer still for that consultation to carry significant weight. Authors, after all, are not graphic designers or marketing experts. Covers are a marketing decision, and they are decided between a book publisher and bookstores, and designed by professional artists.
That said, yes, I have mentioned before that, like John, I am extraordinarily lucky to have cover consultation on my books. This is because I have a general understanding of design and because TBoE is a ‘lead’ title. In the case of the TBoE paperback, I was asked for general thoughts- “graphic, bold, eye-catching” and sent 6 or 7 finished options. Out of those, I loved a white cover, and that seemed settled. But my publisher eventually decided to go with this blue one, I am sure because blue covers are selling best right now or something. I think it’s cute. I also really, really liked the white one.
I do think blue covers are popular because of TFioS, but by “popular” I mean “attracting customers looking for similar products in the same section that sells TFioS” and not “authors are trying to trick readers into buying their books instead of TFioS.” I guess it’s easiest to think of books as products in a store. If the ‘it’ shoe one season is a certain style or color and you go into a department store, almost every brand will offer a similar shoe. That’s why there are so many flat slide-on sandals right now, and so many blue books.
Totally just got this! So excited :) #Kindle #dailydeal #bookstagram #bookaholic #readaholic #readstagram #TheBeginningOfEverything #RobynSchneider
Hiii yes the new cover has decided to come out and play, also if you buy a TBoE on Kindle it’s $1.99 today, which is cheaper than a really sad iced coffee that tastes suspiciously like it was made from a powder packet.
Q:Is there any chance of The Beginning of Everything becoming a movie?
I get this question a lot, and I honestly don’t know. We turned down one offer a year ago, for a studio option with no one attached. Since I also do Hollywood stuff, it isn’t worth tying up the rights unless the project is actively being developed.
My boyfriend, who makes movies for a living (animated movies, so, not mine) says TBoE doesn’t have a third act resolution, which is why it’s a realistic novel, but would be hard to translate to screen. I guess I agree.
Plus there are a couple of John Green novels currently in development that TBoE would feel visually and tonally similar to once you strip away the narrative.
I’ve been developing a genre TV series over the past year with some fantastic producers, and if that ever gets picked up, adapting one of my books might be something we’d all consider.
The book I’m currently writing is far more cinematic, though, so if there is hope for us, it lies in that prose. (Not funny 1984 reference, sorry)
What a loss the children’s and young adult literature world endured today.
We will always remember you, Walter, your legacy of diversity and inclusivity, and, above all, that reading is not optional.
We’re so saddened by Walter Dean Myers’s passing, but continue to be inspired by his work.