Though her family isn’t rock and roll royalty, Janet McNally always liked boys in bands. (She even married one.) She’s been obsessed with stories since she was small, and can talk about fairy tales and myths for hours (or write poems about them, as she did in her prizewinning poetry collection SOME GIRLS). She lives with her husband and three little girls in Buffalo, where she teaches creative writing at Canisius College.
Janet’s debut novel, GIRLS IN THE MOON (HarperCollins/HarperTeen, Fall 2016), is a Young Adult Contemporary. Phoebe and Luna Ferris haven’t grown up in the spotlight, but that’s only because their mother, Meg, quit her famous band when the girls were small. She hasn’t said much about it since. Now, Luna has a band of her own, and their still-famous dad hasn’t called in three years. The summer Phoebe turns seventeen, she goes to visit Luna in New York, determined to discover the truth about her family—and herself.
- Favorite book growing up: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery. Anne is the original lovably neurotic teen heroine.
- Childhood aspiration: A ballerina! Which means ballet is going to end up in one of her future novels for sure.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: A sunny day, late morning or early afternoon, somewhere where she can see trees and sky out the window.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: Miriam Toews’s A COMPLICATED KINDNESS. Not YA, but narrated by a sixteen-year-old girl in a tiny Mennonite town in Manitoba. The perfect combination of funny and sad.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Yoga, cooking great veggie food, and hanging out with her daughters.
- Surprising personal fact: She can’t seem to stop using the word “girls” in the titles to her books (Could it be because she has three small daughters?). Her book of poems, in part retellings of myths and fairy tales, shares the Rolling Stones’ album title SOME GIRLS.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Sixteen was a favorite age of hers, so it’s nice to have a second Sweet Sixteen.
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