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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.
This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Veronica Roth – internationally best-selling author of the hugely popular Divergent series of novels – Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and also the book Four: A Divergent Collection. The Divergent trilogy has been adapted into a blockbuster series of four films starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, with the final film out in the Spring of 2017. We talk about why Veronica chose to write in the Young Adult Sci-Fi/ Fantasy genre, her feelings about the place of violence and intimacy in her stories, what pushes her to write and what her process is, why she started writing at all, how huge success has affected her life, and what inspired her new book Carve The Mark.
Divergent received the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book, Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2011, and was the winner of the YALSA 2012 Teens’ Top Ten. Veronica Roth currently lives with her husband in Chicago. However, she was born in Mount Kisco, New York, after which her family moved to Hong Kong and Germany before settling in Barrington, Illinois. Veronica Roth attended Northwestern University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2010. She wrote the manuscript that would become Divergent in her free time in her senior year. Veronica Roth is a board member of YALLFest, the biggest Young Adult book festival in the country, and YALLWEST, its sister festival. She is also the co-founder of Headcanon, a podcast that explores the nature of fandom, with friend and fellow author Sarah Enni.
The much-anticipated first book in Veronica Roth’s next series, a science fiction/fantasy duology, is called Carve the Mark.
Featured photo and black and white photo of Veronica by Nelson Fitch. Carve The Mark photo of Veronica by Reinaldo Coddou.
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