Ask the Author: Kelly deVos

What would you like readers to know about you? 

Well, I think I own the world’s cutest dog — a superhero Yorkie named Cocoa. I’m addicted to coffee, collect stickers and love to knit hats and socks. 

  

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

Teens fight to survive dystopia! 

  

DAY ZERO is a young adult thriller set in a near future, quasi-dystopia that follows a teen hacker, Jinx Marshall, who believes that her father is responsible for triggering a political and economic crisis. Jinx is left in charge of her little brother, Charles. While she’s pursued by a shadowy, paramilitary group and is on the run with her stepsiblings, Jinx tries to learn the truth about her dad. 

  

What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

I’m always drawn to female characters trying to perform in traditionally male-dominated spaces. So here, the main character, Jinx Marshall, is a teen coder who loves to program. I was also really interested in today’s teenagers and their really high level of social awareness and activism. I wanted to explore how those things might develop to a heightened degree in a crisis. 

  

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

The book takes place in an alternate near future and that world-building was the most fun part for me. What would things be like if they were slightly different? If you slightly tweaked historical events? It was really fun to develop my own answers to those questions. 

  

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

Like a lot of writers, I was inspired by a love of reading and storytelling. Reading the Trixie Belden mystery series really made me want to be a writer but also, my grandmother was a fantastic oral storyteller and I draw a lot of inspiration from my memories of her. 

  

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

I feel like one of the things I did early on was to connect with other writers in my area. These people are now some of my very best friends and I am thankful for them every day. So, my advice is to find your writing people! 

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