It's true! We have another new crew member to introduce! Today, we'll be talking with Christina June--The Saucy Saber. But first, here is a little more about her:
GG: So, first of all, you're a high school counselor! That must be an interesting job, Christina. Being around teenagers all day must provide lots of great ideas for your writing. How did you decide to start writing YA? Was it due to the close proximity of all the drama happening around you, or did you always want to write for teens?
SS: I've always been a YA reader, and I still feel like I'm 16 most of the time, so when I sat down to write my first novel, it felt natural to write about teens. The milestones and decisions you make during high school fascinate me and provide so many opportunities for creative and universal story lines. My students and their families have definitely provided me with countless plot bunnies and character traits, but the decision to write for young adults wasn't really a decision for me at all.
GG: I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who still feels that young. The Saucy Saber is a great pirate name. How did you come up with it?
SS: I searched for pirate terms and loved the idea of trailblazing, sassy female pirates. Et voila, The Saucy Saber!
GG: I love it! Great choice...and the photo suits it perfectly! Okay, pretend this is one of those speed-dating games. Describe yourself in one word. Go!
SS: So hard! Does my Myers-Briggs type count as one word? I'm an INFJ, which means I'm super emotional, I love closure and I'm also very much in my head. There are a lot of us INFJ's who are writers, despite it being the most rare type in the US.
GG: Now I have to go and find out what I am. Be back in a minute. Talk amongst yourselves. Just kidding. I can do that later. We all love books, so tell us a bit about your favorite authors or books that you've loved.
SS: Judy Blume is my hero. I've met her twice and aspire to be just like her. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is my most favorite book of all time. Corey Ann Haydu's Life by Committee also has a special place in my heart. Other favorites include Stephanie Perkins, Miranda Kenneally, Robin LaFevers, and Libba Bray.
GG: I just gave ARE YOU THERE GOD to my 11-year-old niece and she devoured it! Judy Blume will never go out of style. Speaking of style, we have some pretty fun regular columns at the YA Buccaneers. Which one are you most excited about?
SS: I'm excited about the writing bootcamps and sprints! I tend to write best when I have others to collaborate with and to keep me accountable, so these are perfect for me.
GG: We shared something fun about you in our monthly newsletter. (Hey, if you don't subscribe, you don't know what you're missing! Go to the tab near the top of the page. It's easy!) Tell us one thing that our readers would be surprised to know about you.
SS: I come from a long line of writers. My grandmother was a journalist and published books on cooking and entertaining. My parents have published two cookbooks. It's kind of in my DNA.
GG: Last but not least, your debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOOD-BYE is set to be released in 2017. What is the one thing you've been most surprised about since selling your book?
SS: I've been so thrilled at the enthusiasm I've felt from others. The genuine interest shown by my publishing team, friends, family, friends of friends--it's all been very touching and I can't wait to share my book with everyone.
We're so happy to have you on board! If you'd like to know more about Christina June, feel free to check out her social media and website at :
Hmmm, I wonder who we're going to introduce next? You'll have to come back soon to see!