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{Interview}: @VeronicaRoth Talks to @TeenVogue about #FOUR: A Divergent Collection

Teen Vogue published a brand new interview with Veronica Roth this week. They talked to her all about talks about Four: A Divergent Collection and what’s next for her! Read it here:

At only 25 years old, Veronica Roth is winning at life. In case you’ve been living under a rock these last few years, Roth is the bestselling author of the mega-huge YA trilogy Divergent. The book’s film adaptation followed suit (and made a killing at the box office!), solidifying Roth as the new reigning Queen of YA. But she’s become more like a celebrity, really, with tons of fans itching to know more about her, spending as much time watching her every move on social media as some of today’s top stars.
Chatting with Roth was basically like talking to an old friend. She’s super down-to-earth, funny, and as normal as any other 25-year-old, except she’s a really big deal—a fact that still stuns the author daily. “It’s difficult to grasp sometimes,” she says. “It was a lot very quickly.” Luckily Roth has adapted to the fame with a graceful charm. While walking the red carpet for the premiere of the Divergent film, she turned more than a few heads, looking every bit the movie star herself. For her, the whole night was one big fabulous blur. “To see it all come together was such a wonderful experience,” she gushes. “I felt like Cinderella. Really the dream of any author is to get a book published, so having the book turn into a movie still seems impossible!”
Roth’s life really does seem like a fairytale: A book deal at 21, a series that has sold more than 22 million copies, and hanging out on movie sets with Shailene Woodley and Theo James like it’s no big deal. Yeah, that sounds pretty dreamy. But when talking about her overwhelming success, she laughs and humbly chalks it up to coincidence, saying, “It was just the timing. The timing was perfect—right project reaching the right people. That’s all.” Somehow, Veronica, we doubt that.
So if you’ve been having major withdrawals since the Divergent series ended months ago, has she got a treat for you: Four: A Divergent Collection, which hits shelves July 8. This gobble-up-in-one-sitting novel is a collection of short stories told from Tobias “Four” Eaton’s point of view and is definitely a must for your reading list this summer. But reader beware—you’re bound to fall even more in love with Four in the process. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. “This book was really a way for me to give back to readers,” Roth says. “It was great as a writer to explore this character since he was such a fan favorite. He’s very capable. No matter what situation he’s in, he has the resources to deal with it, because he has this sort of strength inside him. He can survive.”
In addition to her book release, Roth is sharing the love on the road with some other YA favorites, embarking on a four-city national book tour this summer with Marie Lu (Legend), Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures & Icons), and Phoebe North (Starglass). She even handpicked each author to join her at the different locations. “I think every author who’s been on a tour by themselves knows how lonely it can be,” she shares. “These are authors I’m a fan of. I’m really excited for them to be joining me!” And speaking of fellow authors, what is Queen V’s advice for anyone who wants to be a bestselling author themselves? Just keep writing and don’t give up. “Writing is all about failure, don’t be so afraid of the failure,” Roth says. “Be confident in yourself and don’t worry about the mistakes. Learn from them, and move on. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed.”
Next for Roth: Besides the release of Four, her summer book tour, and the Divergent movie coming out on DVD in August, Roth is ready for some much-needed downtime. “I feel like I’m ready to take a break,” she says. “Just to get a chance to do normal things.” But fangirls of the world, no need to panic. The author assures that in time, she will work on something new. “I will write again…eventually.”


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