Cheyanne Young is a YA Specialist and author at the LSC-Tomball Community Library who has numerous novels in circulation in the HCPL catalog. Her novel, The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, is currently being made into a TV mini-series with Waterside Studios. In addition to working at the library, her passion is writing books for young adults (and the young adults at heart), often while covered in dog hair.
Cheyanne was interviewed by Rachel Rivero, Adult Program Library at LSC-Tomball Community Library.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a YA (Young Adult) author?
CY: I knew I wanted to be a writer in my early twenties when, after a lifetime of reading books, it dawned on me that I could try writing them myself. The YA part came naturally. I’d always loved reading YA, and there’s something really special and nuanced writing about teenagers as they go through life’s highs and lows experiencing things for the first time. The future belongs to teens, and I love to write characters who figure that out for themselves.
Q: How did you break into publishing?
CY:I worked hard and got a ton of rejections. Then a few people said yes. And then I got tons of rejections again. Publishing is brutal and painful, but it’s also addicting. You can’t help but keep trying for that next “yes.”
Q: What is your biggest strength and weakness as a writer?
CY:My biggest strength is my stubborn tenacity to never give up. My biggest weakness is my ability to think of an awesome premise with no plot and then abandon it for another awesome premise with no plot. Still working on that one.
Q: What book or author have you really enjoyed lately?
CY: Hands down, The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey! I loved it so much, I read all the eBooks and then borrowed the audiobooks from our HCPL Libby app several times over. Even if you don’t think you’re a Sci-Fi fan, I bet you’ll like this series. I encourage everyone to stop by your local branch and check it out!
Q: How do you feel about your book being brought to life as a mini-series?
CY: I feel honored. It’s incredible to me that the producer saw something in my book a few years ago and then worked really hard to bring my characters and their story to life on screen. It’s humbling and exciting! I know the film crew is going to do an amazing job and I can’t wait to watch it.
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