Honorary Crew Interview: Alexa Barry

Since we're celebrating our 2 year anniversary this month, we also thought it would be fun to celebrate YOU -- the readers, writers, bloggers, and overall wonderful people who've supported us during this time!

To do this, 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!) -- and over the next couple of weeks, we'll be showcasing these interviews, so please make sure to check back weekly to see who we'll have up on deck next!

Up first we have Honorary Crew Mate, Alexa Barry!

About Alexa:

Alexa Barry writes contemporary YA and hopes to be traditionally published one day. She is addicted to books, tea (including iced tea, thanks to fours years in Washington D.C), chocolate and Instagram. She is slightly obsessed with carousels and causeways. She currently lives in Canada with her husband, son and very badly behaved schnoodle puppy. She blogs (not very regularly) at http://alexabarry.blogspot.com and can also be found (much more regularly) on Twitter @alexabarry and on Instagram @alexabarry

Captain E. Hook: What genres do you write, and what are you working on right now?

Alexa: I write contemporary YA. My current WIP is called Better Than Perfect. It's about a girl who is trying to get a place at Cambridge University while dealing with her family breaking up. There's also a cute boy involved.

Captain E. Hook: Oh how I love cute boys -- they're a must in any YA contemp I read! So tell us, how did you get started writing (did you always want to be a writer)? 

Alexa: In 2008 I started a book blog Not Enough Bookshelves. One of my first commentators, the fabulous Joelle Anthony suggested I try writing a book, so I did. I can't imagine not writing now. 

Captain E. Hook: It's amazing what a little encouragement from others will do -- what an awesome way to begin writing! And I know reading books from others can also motivate our muse, so tell us, what are your top reads for the year (so far)?

1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab. I impulse bought this before flying to the UK. I started it on the plane and couldn't put it dow, luckily my son fell asleep before we took off. It's so good and I can't wait for book 2. 
2. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. So gorgeous and so beautifully written. We still have half the year to go but I'm pretty sure this will be my favourite book this year. 
3. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski. I adore this series, the world building is amazing and the writing is fantastic. 

Captain E. Hook: Jandy is hands down one of my absolute favorite YA authors and I cannot wait for whatever she comes out with next! Speaking of upcoming reads, what titles are you most looking forward to?

Alexa: There are so many books that I'm dying to read, but these are my top five.
1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell -- I simply can not wait for this one.  
2. PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han 
3. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
4. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.
5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Captain E. Hook: Some fantastic reads you've got here! One last question that will help us improve what we're doing around these waters: What do you like best about the YA Buccaneers? And what would like to see added in the future?

Alexa: The Learn the Ropes posts are my favourites, I've learned a lot, thanks Buccaneers! 
I loved Bootcamp, it would be brilliant to have an autumn one to get back on track after summer. I also really enjoyed the Instagram challenge that was part of Bootcamp, another one would be great.

A BIG thanks to Alexa for taking the time to answer our questions and of course, for all the support she's given!