Honorary Crew Mate Interview: Meet Adrianne Russell

We're celebrating our 2 year anniversary this month, and thought it would be fun to celebrate YOU -- the readers, writers, bloggers, and overall wonderful people who've supported us during this time! We've selected a few of our favorite people, interviewed them, and bestowed upon them the fancy title of "Honorary YA Buccaneer Crew Mate" (which also gets them 10 extra entries into our July Anniversary Giveaway!). We've already interviewed Alexa and Steph.

Today I have the honor of interviewing Adrianne Russell - and even better, not only have I met Adrianne in real life, we spent nearly a week together at the inaugural North Shore Writing Retreat on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior last fall. She is as fascinating in person as you would imagine her to be from her blog and Twitter feed - and as hilarious!


#museumselfie at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR


About Adrianne

Adrianne Russell is a Midwestern writer with Southern roots. When she’s not crafting plans for the zombie apocalypse, she’s daydreaming about being a professional baked goods tester. You can find her blogging at thewritersrepublic.wordpress.com and expressing her emotions via gifs on Twitter at @writersrepublic

(Editor's note: Go to the above Twitter link and click FOLLOW immediately. You will not be sorry!)

What genre(s) do you write, and what are you working on right now?

I write young adult contemporary. Subject matter varies, but there will always be kissing. Currently, I'm revising my first dual POV, which slightly terrifying but loads of fun. I occasionally post cryptic hints about my work on Twitter at #WIPclues.


How did you get started writing - did you always want to be a writer?

*steps into Wayback Machine* I wrote my first book in third grade, a mystery about a missing panda at the zoo. I even bound it myself. You couldn't tell me I wasn't a big deal.

I've always found ways to keep storytelling in my life personally and professionally, but around four years ago, I seriously committed to writing young adult fiction and freelance writing/editing.

What are your top reads of the year (so far)?

Nicola Yoon's EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, Courtney Summers' ALL THE RAGE, I.W. Gregorio's ALL OF THE ABOVE and Stephanie Kuehn's DELICATE MONSTERS have collectively blown my mind.


What upcoming reads are you most looking forward to?

There's SO much I want to get my hands on, but I'm excited to read Julie Murphy's DUMPLIN', Sarah McCarry's ABOUT A GIRL, Michelle Painchaud's PRETENDING TO BE ERICA, Carrie Mesrobian's CUT BOTH WAYS, and Danielle Vega's SURVIVE THE NIGHT.


What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Travel. I'm chronically infected with wanderlust. If I'm not on the road, you'll usually find me in a museum, whittling down my to-read list, watching movies, practicing K-pop choreography, or listening to music.

snapped at a gas station outside Perry, OK.

giant cornfield and 108 degrees that day!

What do you like best about the YA Buccaneers? And what would you like to see added in the future?

The writing challenges are the best. Seriously, I have two novels that would be in much worse shape if not for the boot camps. I've met some really awesome people via YAB, so anything that can help us connect with other writers is aces with me.

at the world famous Betty's Pies in Two Harbors, Minnesota

Thanks so much to Adrianne for being an honorary crew member and supporter of the YA Buccaneers!