I met Mindy McGinnis on a wonderful online writing group, and she has been kind enough to allow me an interview. An assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio, who cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. An in just under a month, her debut novel, "Not a Drop to Drink" will hit the shelves.
What is your genre of choice, and why?
I write YA because I'm also a YA librarian in a public school. I'd been writing for adults an getting nowhere for years when one day I realized if I wrote YA I'd be immersed in the market and surrounded by my target audience 40 hours a week. Honestly it's embarrassing I didn't figure that out sooner.
How many books have you published? (self or otherwise)
My debut novel, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, will be published by Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins September 24, 2013. I'm also slated to have YA releases from the same house in 2014, '15, and '16. I have short stories in the seasonal anthologies from Elephant's Bookshelf Press - SPRING FEVERS, THE FALL, and SUMMER'S DOUBLE EDGE.
Tell me about your current project.
I'm doing research - and a lot of it - for a project that I hope becomes my 2015 release.
Where can I buy copies of your work?
NOT A DROP TO DRINK is available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or any retailer of your choice. If you prefer to support independent booksellers, let your local bookseller know you're interested in my book and I'm sure they can order for you.
What are you reading right now?
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson. It's ridiculously awesome.
What keeps you going on those days when writing gets hard? (e.g., a favorite quote or a personal motto)
Honestly, it isn't pretty, but I always say to myself - "Okay Mindy, make some shit happen."