“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their…well, Inspirations and Influences. The cool thing is that the writers are given free reign so they can go wild and write about anything they want. It can be about their new book, series or about their career as a whole.
Today’s guest is Tahereh Mafi, a debut Young Adult author with one of the most talked about novels of the fall, Shatter Me. A romantic, dystopian, and highly stylistic book, Shatter Me tells the story of Juliette, a girl who can kill with a single touch.
Please give a warm welcome to Tahereh!
I’ve been in love with dystopian novels just about forever. The Giver changed my life in seventh grade; I’ve read 1984 too many times to count. I grew up watching documentaries about Nostradamus and his eerie predictions for the future, so my mind, at a very early age, was always looking forward and wondering where we would end up and what we might do to get there.
Action/adventure stories were also very central to my adolescent life; I spent many, many afternoons watching every Bruce Lee movie ever made and too many Old Westerns and episodes of Kung Fu and Walker, Texas Ranger with my dad — the same person who introduced me to Planet of the Apes and Terminator and RoboCop and Lost in Space and Soylent Green.
On the other hand, I was also lucky enough to have a mom who bought me The Secret Garden and A Little Princess and Little Women and sat me down to watch every Jane Austen novel adapted for the big screen. She and I have seen (and own) every episode of Little House on the Prairie. We’ve also watched just about every movie Jimmy Stewart has ever played in.
So I don’t know; I guess deep in my subconscious I was meant to end up writing something that would have action and romance, but would also ask questions about the world and what we’ve done to it.
I never thought I was capable of writing a book, much less anything dystopian, but I think Shatter Me became exactly what it was supposed to be: the amalgamation of 23 years worth of questions and experiences in my head.
About Tahereh Mafi: She’s 23. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.
SHATTER ME is her first novel.
You can find out more about Tahereh on her website: www.taherehmafi.com. Thank you, Tahereh!
About the Blog Tour:
Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour!
Monday: The Story Siren
Wednesday: Reading Teen
Thursday: Girls in the Stacks
We have ONE autographed copy of Shatter Me up for grabs! The contest is open to US addresses only and will run until Saturday, November 19 at 11:59 PM (PST). In order to enter, simply leave a comment here letting us know what your favorite dystopian YA novel is. Only one entry per person, please! Multiple comments will be disqualified. Good luck!