Libba Bray, born Martha Elizabeth Bray, is the author of six young adult novels, including the New York Times best-selling trilogy 'Gemma Doyle'. She has also contributed short stories to various collections for young adults and has been published alongside authors such as Cassandra Clare and Sarah Mlynowski. Bray lived in Texas until she was 26 years old, at which time she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a playwright. She worked in the book industry in various capacities until her husband, literary agent Barry Goldblatt, suggested she try her hand at writing a young adult novel. Her first YA book, 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' became a New York Times best-seller, and her subsequent books have been highly acclaimed also. Her favourite books include 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee, 'Catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger and 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring writers? A: Read everything. Write even if you don't feel like it - especially if you don't feel like it. Write what interests and moves you without regard to how it will be received. Don't be afraid to go to the dark places or toward what scares you as a writer. Put a little blood on the page - a book should cost you something to write. Otherwise, you're better off watching 'The E! True Hollywood Story'. Actually, that sounds pretty good right now.