We’re joined on the Starline by a young adult book author. He’s had bestsellers with “More Happy than Not”, “History is All You Left Me” and “They Both Die at the End”. His latest project is “The First to Die at the End”. We welcome Adam Silvera.
Adam, let’s go Beyond the Mic. The series is being turning into a TV show. It has really touched people. How have you reexamined living life through this examination of death?
How did 9/11 and the rebuilding the heart of New York help Nationheal you?
Why was going back to the world of the Death-Cast important for you? You couldn’t go back to the characters you introduced in your first book. Would you want to know when your last day was?
Ever thought of a book where Death-Cast was wrong?
As your characters interact there is a playful feeling that you should enjoy your end day. “If you die a dumb Decker death, I’ll tell everyone you died saving the world.” How do you see your end day?
What makes writing young adult books so cathartic for you?
The Rockin’ 8:
It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
1. Best vegan snack?
2. Would you ever donate an organ?
3. Favorite type of pastry?
4. Do you watch any cooking shows, and if so, what’s your favorite?
5. Have you learned to love yet?
6. How do you encourage yourself when you hit hard times?
7. How did your mom change the way you are?
8. Longest and best place to take your dog on a walk in Los Angeles?
The Back Half with:
Were you nearly homeless growing up?
You said that you had potentially a million different possible narrators for this book. Why did you settle on Orion?
You have borderline personality disorder. How do you handle relationships when it is a challenge for you to do so?
Where do you struggle in escaping your own comfort space?
Why is writing easy and hard for you?
How did the pandemic change the way you see the world, and how has your own thoughts of death changed?
One Big Question:
Adam, have you found a new meaning for happiness for yourself?
You wrote “I just want something impossible to become possible on my last day alive. Is that too much to ask?” “The First to Die at the End” is available wherever books are sold. Adam, where can people find you online?
He likes sugar cookies but doesn’t know how to cook. Author of “The First to Die at the End” Adam Silvera thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today.
And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.
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