When planning this entire thing I knew I had to ask her if she'd want to participate and, luckily, she said yes so let's check out her As to my Qs below:
1) What does YA mean to you?
YA is my heart. It's where teens take on everything from fraught politics of far away fantasy lands, to crumbling governments in a futuristic world, to difficult realities in our everyday lives. It's increasingly more nuanced with so, so many important books, it's empowering and sobering, bubbly and heart-wrenching, exciting and passionate, and it doesn't turn away from ugly realities or topics that are difficult to discuss. I so respect the many, many talented authors changing the world one book at a time—and I'm honored to be on the shelf with them.
2) Since this is a blogversary, is there anything you'd like to say to the blogging community and are there any blogs you like/follow?
I want to say thank you! Seriously, bloggers—especially book bloggers—are some of the coolest, most passionate people around. And some blogs I like include YA Highway, Amy Trueblood's Chasing the Crazies, Barnes & Noble's B&N Teen Blog, and Dahlia Adler's The Daily Dahlia
3) Could you tell us something about yourself and your books?
Sure! I'm a chronically ill Latina tomboy who blogs and vlogs and tweets too much. My debut Beyond the Red, which released earlier this year, is a YA Sci-Fi about a violent uprising on a distant, alien planet that threatens the reign of a teen alien queen. It's dual POV with explosions, and kissing, and I've very much enjoyed sharing it with everyone thus far. :)
Thank you so, so much to Ava for coming and answering my questions. What do you guys think of them? Also, have you read her book? If not you totally should give it a chance!
The next post will be up July 7th and feature an amazing BookTuber. Anyone feel like blindly guessing who it might be?