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Author Interview - Veronica Roth, Author of DIVERGENT

Today is the official release of Veronica Roth's fabulous debut dystopian YA, DIVERGENT. And, in honor of today's launch, we are hosting today's stop on her blog tour!

So, we asked Veronica a few questions about herself so we could get to know the girl who wrote this highly anticipated new novel! So here we go:

YAH: If you were hired by your seven-year-old self to be her official storyteller, what story would you tell seven-year-old Veronica?
Veronica: I would tell her the story of a boy wizard who lives in a cupboard under the stairs…

YAH: Hmm. Sounds familiar! What is the most "divergent" thing you've ever done?

Veronica: I have a few answers to that question, but the first one that popped into my head was: once I jumped into a bathtub full of marshmallows with my agent to celebrate my book release. Divergent because…when I was buying fifty bags of marshmallows at the grocery store, jumping into them with someone you’re supposed to have a pretty serious, professional relationship with (*cough*), and then carrying a giant sack of squished marshmallows down the hall to the trash chute, I was thinking, “Who DOES this?!”

YAH: Mmm. Marshmallows! If you were allowed to have an awesome, movie-like intro every time you entered a room - what song would always play as you walked in?

Veronica: “Sum of Us” by Jurassic 5. Because I’m secretly funky. And if the song was too epic, I would feel this pressure to do something extremely important in whatever room I entered. Whereas “Sum of Us” merely requires me to act cool for a few minutes—which, given my tendency to spill things and trip over myself, would be challenging but not impossible.

YAH: Great choice! Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they and why did you choose them? If not, then what would you like to get as a tattoo and why?

Veronica: No, I don’t. I think a tattoo has to be meaningful, visually interesting, and something that will never change no matter what happens, and few things in my life meet those criteria. I briefly thought about getting the ISBN number of DIVERGENT tattooed on the arch of my foot, but I lost my nerve, and in the past I thought I might want to get the chi rho symbol tattooed somewhere—it’s less common than a cross, but still represents my faith, and I can think of no more important thing to etch permanently into my skin. That said, though, I don’t think I’ll ever get a tattoo. I like them, though!

YAH: And, lastly, if your life were a YA novel, who would have written it and why?

Veronica: Roald Dahl. Why? Because he’s awesome. But also because he would make it funny, dark, and touching all at the same time, which is ideal for any life story, regardless of what your experiences have been.

Thank you for joining us, Veronica! We love hearing your answers!

Alright, everyone, be sure and check out Veronica's blog to read more about her and Divergent!
Kody Keplilnger

Kody is the NYT bestselling author of The DUFF, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare, all from Little Brown/Poppy, as well as Lying Out Loud, Run, and the middle grade novel The Swift Boys and Me, from Scholastic. Born and raised in Kentucky, she now lives in NYC.

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  1. Love the interview! I bet Roald Dahl would be the best biography writer ever. And maybe he'd toss in some snozzcumbers or something, too, just for fun.

  2. Great interview! I was lucky enough to read an ARC last week, and I cannot recommend this book enough. :)

  3. Thanks for the interview. And a major congrats to Veronica on the release. I've been dying to read Divergent for a long, long time. And if Amazon would hurry up and deliver it, I'll be doing that soon.

    Jumping into a tub of marshmallows sounds kind of fun.

  4. Love this interview!! Especially the tattoo answer. But a tattoo on the arch of your foot sounds seriously painful. Regardless, great questions and congrats Veronica!


    (Awesome theme song, BTW...though I'm a little crushed that you wouldn't pick Wham! =D

  6. Before I let myself read this interview, I went and peeked at the book on Amazon. Currently, I am sitting in Borders, having just finished this book. I read DIVERGENT in an hour and a half (the faster I read it, the better a book is). I'M FREAKING OUT IT WAS SO AMAZING. And reading this hilarious interview just increases my desire to laugh nervously in delight.

    Thank you for restoring my inspiration, Ms. Roth! You are amazing and also super-pretty.

    (erk that was a little weird. sorry. i'm harmless i promise!)

    [/hopeless fangirling]


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