#Yallfest interview with Leigh Bardugo @LBardugo @fiercereads

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising), as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017). 

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. 

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram

Interview with Leigh Bardugo

1. Is your writing process different when writing for an adult audience as opposed to a teen/YA audience? 

Not really. My process has stayed largely the same since my first book—outline, zero draft, revise, revise, revise. But I try not to get too entrenched because each book demands something a little different. I'm just starting work on Ninth House so I'm not sure what it's going to ask for.

2. What character was the hardest to say goodbye to when you were finished writing them? 


3. You were a makeup artist. Was there anything about that experience that served as inspiration during your writing process? 

I don't think you can work and live in Hollywood without understanding beauty as commodity, and I think that shows up in a lot of my work. I also just love illusion. The job of the makeup artist is to show you something false—whether it's prosthetic ears or scars or just a really quality contour—and hide the seams so flawlessly you forget what you're looking at isn't real. It can be monstrous or glamorous or unnerving or strange, but it has to be convincing. I think writing fantasy is a bit like that too. 

4. What was your favorite part of attending YallFest? 

Watching people freak out and pose with the Wonder Woman: Warbringer cover was pretty great, but meeting readers is always the best part. Also any moment I spend in the presence of Queen Libba Bray is a good one.

5. How has the experience of writing Wonder Woman been so far? 

There have been a lot of cooks in the kitchen so that took some getting used to, but it's been a real joy. I loved putting my own spin on Amazon mythology and Diana is just such a unique character. She means so much to me. I feel really lucky to be a part of her history.

6. Sabaa Tahir told me to ask this--how often do you wear your crow mask? 

That's personal. 

Wonder Woman is a book you definitely need to add to your read list. It is the perfect read for reluctant readers. This book is full of adventure and action. My library has already put this on order. 


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