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{Interview} #Divergent’s @VeronicaRoth & @TaherehMafi Q&A with @HCCFrenzy! #RothMafiCanada

Today @HCCFrenzy (part of the team that loves talking about teen books!) hosted a live twitter Q&A with Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi! In case you weren’t able to catch it live, we’ve done a round-up of all the questions and the answers. Check it all out here:

HCCFrenzy- First up, from @chaptersindigo: After your books, what would you recommend people read next? #RothMafiCanada

  • Veronica Roth- Proxy by @ca_london, The Summer Prince by @alayadj Daughter of Smoke and Bone by @lainitaylor, Girl of Fire and Thorns by @raecarson. There are so many more books that are excellent! But I’ll stop there. #RothMafiCanada
  • Tahereh Mafi- I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by @jandynelson and THE YOUNG ELITES by @Marie_Lu #RothMafiCanada and SUBLIME by @seeCwrite @Lolozilla and UNMARKED by @kamigarcia #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From Amy on FB, what was your inspiration for the main character of your books? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- Her voice came to me first, inspired partly by a quote:”My will is mine. I will not make it soft for you.” (Aeschylus) Clipped, direct voice = Tris. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- no particular inspiration; I really wanted to tell the story of someone fighting a great inner battle #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @MariahSmith23: @taherehmafi Which faction would Juliette choose? @VeronicaRoth Would Tris choose Warner or Adam? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- I don’t know about the guys, but I think Tris and Juliette would make a great team. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- early J would choose Dauntless for self-destructive reasons. end of series J would choose Dauntless to save lives and protect the people. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @sanyasohail Are you guys planning on writing/releasing any new books soon? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- I’m always writing, but not sure what’s next yet! #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- yes! FURTHERMORE, a story about a girl with no color living in a world in color #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @Zabie76, Do you have a ritual when you start writing & a special place where you write? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- Not really! I’m very inconsistent with my writing spaces/process. But I drink a lot of tea. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- i make a pot of tea, wear noise-canceling headphones, and listen to http://rainymood.com #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @HailFourTris, If you guys could have one superpower what would it be? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- I think I’d like to read emotions. It would likely make me more compassionate. OR…I’d like the ability to fall asleep easily. And stay asleep. Because: insomnia. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- i’d really like to never have to use the bathroom again. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @hdancerhfx Who’s an author you look up to? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- I have some pretty wise, kind, smart writer friends. I definitely look up to them. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- i look up to @ransomriggs because he’s 6’4 and i’m 5’2. more seriously: i look up to my mom. because she’s written the story of our lives. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @AlyssaVidal If you can switch places with any character for a day, who would it be? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- One of the background Harry Potter characters. Because: magic! But less danger! #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- hermione granger. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From @HarperCollinsCa, Do you have any messages for your Canadian fans? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- yes! WE LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUU #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @daniela3dasilva: do you discuss your writing together? Do you help each other develop ideas?

  • VR- We are in agreement that we don’t share much, and usually only with our husbands. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @eOnefilms: In which character do you recognize yourself & why? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- A little bit of me is in all of them, tbh. It’s how I (try to) keep them feeling real. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- i think there’s a little of me in all of my characters #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @hdancerhfx, What’s the best thing about being an author? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- Writing! A lot! And people read it! It’s a dream. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- i love the idea that i get to create worlds and share them with people. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @jemscarstars : How do you choose the names for your characters? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- Some chrs need certain kinds of names (“stiff” ones: Tris/Tobias) but also http://Behindthename.com #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- it’s usually instinctual; sometimes i pull inspiration from people or things i love. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @kimtaehyungsss: what do you do when you’re having a bad day? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- Watch comfort TV, snuggle with the dog. #RothMafiCanada
  • TM- i eat cold pizza and watch gilmore girls reruns. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- From a fan at @chaptersindigo, What would you suggest people facing anxiety do to find a creative outlet? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- For anxiety, I suggest talking to someone who knows how to help. Creative pursuits are good and enriching, but support from loved ones and people who know brains is important. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @HCCFrenzy: What was the very first thing you did when you finished writing IGNITE ME? Sleep? Eat cake? #RothMafiCanada

  • TM- i ate lunch! i think i’d forgotten to eat for several hours. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @HarperClassroom: What was your favourite book to read growing up? #RothMafiChat

  • TM- this is the obvious answer, but: harry potter! #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @daniela3dasilva: Was Shatter Me inspired by King Midas’ Golden Touch? Do fairytales inspire you? #RothMafiCanada

  • TM- no! tho once i made a comic book about a girl whose touch turned everything into chocolate, soo #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @HCCFrenzy: What’s been the best part of seeing Divergent come to life on screen? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- Seeing someone else’s interpretation of how all the places look was really incredible and exciting. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- from @divergentdarlin: Are you planning on writing more dystopian YA novels? #RothMafiCanada

  • VR- YA? Definitely. But I’m not sure exactly what genre yet. #RothMafiCanada


HCCFrenzy- Last q for you both! @VeronicaRoth @taherehmafi From @indigogreenroom, Would you ever write something together? #RothMafiCanada

  • TM- we <3 to read each others’ books, but i think we’re mostly solo writers right now! #RothMafiCanada

What was your favorite part, Initiates? Was there anything you were dying to know the answer to that wasn’t asked? Sound off below!

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