[Note From Frolic: Our resident YA expert Aurora Dominguez got the opportunity to interview authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings and ask them five(ish) questions. Their novel ‘Nexus‘ is out now!]
Aurora: What was your inspiration behind your most recent novel?
Lindsay: Sasha and I both really wanted to nail it with this ending to the duology. We had so many loose ends to tie up from Book One, but we wanted to make this one different than the first. It’s a slower book, in some regards, but it dives deeply into the awesome background behind why Andi’s enemies are the way they are—and it also opens up a greater danger than we had in book one.
Sasha: Lindsay and I both know that second books will always be harder than the first, but also, more rewarding. We really dug deep into this story and world so we would give it the end it deserves. What inspired me personally was artistic growth but also pulling from my excitement from the beginning of Zenith almost three years ago!
What character do you most relate to and why?
Lindsay: I’ll probably always relate to Andi best! She’s someone who loves others, deeply, and wants to do right by them. She’s got a darker side, and a lot of sarcasm, but deep down she’s really just a big softie.
Sasha: I relate to Lira the most, for sure! She always has an ear open for everyone to speak into but also knows when to kick some a**!
Why do you feel young adult books are so popular and have such a voice right now?
Lindsay: YA is awesome. It’s so relevant and no matter the age of the reader, there’s something we can all connect to in YA. For me, it brings back all the feelings of intensity that I felt growing up. Wanting to do something BIG, wanting to change the world.
Sasha: No matter when YA properly started, I think it would’ve been massive! Young adults want books to read and they’ve waited long enough for it to happen! I believe we owe Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games for helping jumpstart this genre and giving it a place in bookstores. But right now, in 2019, it’s blowing up with amazing books that cover so many diverse topics. I’ve seen a new boom start these past two years and I’m excited to see where it will go next!
Please describe the content of your latest book and what can readers expect from the read.
Lindsay: A lot of action, a lot of mystery, and some really, really cool and unique special abilities.
Sasha: Love, loss and ICE DRAGONS!
What’s next for you in the book world?
Lindsay: For me, an upcoming 2020 book about alien horses and outlaws.
Sasha: I’m currently writing an urban folklore fantasy book set in Scotland!
What’s your favorite writing method that you follow for inspiration?
Lindsay: We don’t really have much of a “Method. We just have a lot of conversations about what we see for each scene, and then we divide and conquer.
Sasha: What she said ^ !!!