Veronica Roth: Divergent Q&A

Posted May 16, 2011 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments

This week, we’ve got some exciting content for all of you reading our May Book of the Month — Divergent by Veronica Roth, starting today with an exclusive Q&A with Veronica herself, provided to us courtesy of Harper Collins! Be sure to tune in the rest of this week with more from Veronica, plus an exclusive interview with her editor, too!

How has your childhood influenced your writing?

My mother read to me every night when I was young, so I would say that’s where my love of books began. And also, if I ever complained about being bored, my mother would say, “boredom is not allowed,” so I guess you could say that the rules of our house demanded that I be creative. It worked, though, because I used to go outside every day and invent these elaborate worlds and scenarios in my head, and when I grew too old for playing pretend, I started to write everything down instead. Nicely done, Mom.

What book(s) changed your life and why?

I could probably list books for days, so I’ll just list a few favorites: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate, 1984 by George Orwell, the Bible, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Juliet by Andras Visky (which is a play, but I think it still counts). Some have taught me about writing, but even if they didn’t, they all inspired me, challenged me, encouraged me, and guided me in different ways. I don’t think books have ever solved my problems or made my decisions for me, but they bring me out of myself and make me ask myself questions, and that’s life-altering enough.

Do you think that you make wise or flawed decisions? Why?

I make both. Doesn’t everyone? Usually the flawed ones are decisions I think are wise but are really motivated by something else— pride, maybe, or selfishness—and the wise ones happen when I’m not paying attention, or at those brief moments I succeed at loving the people around me. To be honest, the flawed ones are probably more common. But I try to learn from them.

What are you most fearful of and why?

Rollercoasters. Heights. Spiders. Bugs of all kinds. But seriously, things that are difficult to predict, or that I can’t control myself—those tend to scare me more than anything else. Sometimes it’s frightening to let go and trust that I can deal with whatever happens. But life has a way of forcing me to do just that.

How do you get through a dark day?

For me, one of the worst things I can do on a bad day is withdraw from people—but it’s one of the easiest things for me to do. In the past few years I’ve been learning to rely on friends and family. Now, when my pride says “deal with it yourself,” I try to say, “screw that. I need help.” I have realized that there’s no shame in letting the people I love take care of me. Most of the time they do a better job at it than I even realize.

Veronica is part of Harper Teen’s Dark Days of Summer – Supernatural Tour. Check out the official Dark Days Facebook Page for lots more goodies, and catch Veronica and several other great authors on tour:

ILLINOIS
Tuesday, June 7 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Anderson’s Bookshops
Ellen Schreiber, author of VAMPIRE KISSES #8: CRYPTIC CRAVINGS
Aprilynne Pike, author of ILLUSIONS
Veronica Roth, author of DIVERGENT
Amy Plum, author of DIE FOR ME
Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER

OREGON
Wednesday, June 8 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Barnes And Noble – Clackamas
Ellen Schreiber, author of VAMPIRE KISSES #8: CRYPTIC CRAVINGS
Aprilynne Pike, author of ILLUSIONS
Veronica Roth, author of DIVERGENT
Amy Plum, author of DIE FOR ME
Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER

TEXAS
Thursday, June 9 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Book People Bookstore
Ellen Schreiber, author of VAMPIRE KISSES #8: CRYPTIC CRAVINGS
Aprilynne Pike, author of ILLUSIONS
Veronica Roth, author of DIVERGENT
Amy Plum, author of DIE FOR ME
Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER

ARIZONA
Friday, June 10 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
Ellen Schreiber, author of VAMPIRE KISSES #8: CRYPTIC CRAVINGS
Aprilynne Pike, author of ILLUSIONS
Veronica Roth, author of DIVERGENT
Josephine Angelini, author of STARCROSSED

MICHIGAN
Saturday, June 11 · 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Schulers Bookstore
Ellen Schreiber, author of VAMPIRE KISSES #8: CRYPTIC CRAVINGS
Aprilynne Pike, author of ILLUSIONS
Veronica Roth, author of DIVERGENT
Josephine Angelini, author of STARCROSSED

Can’t make it to one of these events? We’ll be live-tweeting the Oregon event! Also, check out the Dark Days of Supernatural digital fan kit for more goodies!

Sara | Novel Novice
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2 responses to “Veronica Roth: Divergent Q&A

  1. I’m so excited that she mentioned one of my favorite childhood series- Animorphs! One more reason to absolutely love this author… as well as mentioning The Giver! Heck yes!!

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