February is Black History Month and currently there are some wonderful kidlit blogs highlighting African American authors and books featuring African American protagonists, such as Lee and Low's Black History Month Giveaway and The Brown Bookshelf. Here at the YA Highway, we thought it would be fun to take a look into the future and spotlight African American YA authors who have debut novels forthcoming. First up, we are so pleased to introduce Lamar "L.R." Giles, author of YA mystery FAKE ID, coming in 2014 from HarperCollins.
About the author: Lamar "L. R." Giles writes stories for teens and adults. He’s never met a genre he didn’t like, having penned science fiction, fantasy, horror, and noir thrillers, among other things. He is a Virginia native, a Hopewell High Blue Devil, and an Old Dominion University Monarch. He resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife. Learn more about him at www.lrgiles.com.
About the book: A teen in witness protection investigates his best friend’s murder and stumbles on a dark conspiracy that may lead back to his own father.
1. What books did you read when you were a teenager?
2. Can you tell us anything about the main character in FAKE ID?
3. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
4. What 3 words would you use to describe the publishing journey so far?
5. Are there any African American authors who have influenced your writing?
Thank you so much, Lamar! We appreciate you taking the time to talk with us!