Welcome to Book Blog Love November! All this month, I’m featuring book blogs that I love and the fabulous female(s) behind them. (Curl Up with a Good Book Sunday and my regular posts resume in December.) Each day in November, I’ll spotlight a different blog whose content ranges from reviews to author interviews and events to book tours. All the bloggers graciously agreed to answer 7 questions about themselves. YA features predominantly in some, and in others is merely part of what they cover. So stick around and get to know these great chicks and the blogs they pour their hearts into. I bet you’ll see some old favs and make some new ones.
Presenting: The ladies of YA Highway
1) Describe your blog and tell us why you chose that name for it?
YA Highway is a blog dedicated to all things YA, from reading to writing to promoting to networking. We love every part of the fabulous YA community, and are honored to be a part of it. The co-founders of YA Highway talked a lot about the name. We wanted something fun and relevant, and also something that evoked our own love of travel. That YA Highway rhymes and rolls easily off the tongue is a bonus! It’s been great to plan all our various social media and special features around the theme of travel: The Carpool Lane, our newsletter that’s managed by Sarah Enni; Mixtape, our collection of YA playlists; Reads for the Road, our monthly, personalized book recommendations; the YA Road Map, a collection of publishing links, curated by Kate Hart; and more!
2) What are 3 things about you that would surprise people?
When our blog started 5 yrs ago, none of us had a book deal. Now current and former members have sold more than a dozen books.
Our ages span over 25 years.
None of us have an MFA, and only one of us actually majored in Creative Writing in college.
3) Why do you love YA? And conversely is there anything that drives you nuts about it?
What *isn’t* to love about YA? It contains all the multitudes: every possible genre, commercial writing to literary, a diversity of stories, great pacing, and the ability to relive, over and over again, those delicious, wonderful “firsts” of life. The only thing that drives us nuts about it are the people who, with limited if any knowledge of YA, write inane articles about it.
4) What book would you fight a zombie horde to save?
Why fight the zombies? Maybe they need the books to evolve as a thinking community.
5) If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?
This is such a hard one for us! We don’t even listen to music at our retreats (well, we do, through our own headphones) because our musical tastes are so varied. Among the group of us, we listen to just about everything. And we like to recommend our favorite songs to each other…even if no one else loves that kind of music.
6) What has been the biggest surprise/delight of your blogging career?
Our longevity! We couldn’t have imagined, back in the day, that YA Highway would grow and evolve so much. I remember when we were excited to have 100 blog followers! Now, we reach thousands of readers through our blog, and also through our various social medias: our Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page. It’s truly amazing to be able to connect and celebrate YA with so many YA lovers around the world.
ps Let me know how you enjoyed our month of Book Blog Love!