July YA Author Interview Answer #11 “Do you use the Pop-Culture reference in your YA book?”

Do you use the Pop-Culture reference in your YA book?

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Hello everyone! We are behind schedule for the July author interview as we had difficulties to get the last three authors to send in their answers and we had to find new authors to replace the three authors who had signed up earlier for the interview. Nevertheless, I am happy to finally be able to publish the answers from all of them for the interview series.

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So, the 11th question is “Do you use the Pop-Culture reference in your YA book?”

1) Author #1: Jesse Frankel

Sometimes, I do. In the past, I’ve used KPop group names (changed, of course), references to Star Trek or some superheroes, but I don’t go overboard. It’s fun to incorporate them once in a while , but all the time? No.

2) Author #2:  Roxanne San Jose


3) Author #3: Diane Guntrip

No, I do not.

4) Author #4: Katy Mitchell

I haven’t in my first book as it is a fantasy YA novel.

5) Author #5: Marisa Noelle

I do not!

6) Author #6: Amy Beashel

In The Sky Is Mine, Izzy is obsessed with Desert Island Discs, a Radio 4 program in which guests are asked to choose the eight songs, book and luxury which they’d take if they were stranded on a desert island. As such, there are lots of musical references – some contemporary, some older – in the novel. For the most part I’ve picked songs readers will have heard of, but I quite like that some are more obscure and that readers might discover new music or, indeed, Desert Island Discs, it’s such a brilliant show. Music is so evocative of time and place that the program gives you a brilliant insight into people’s lives.

7) Author #7: T.K. Kiser

The Manakor Chronicles is set in a fantasy world, so their pop-culture is much different than ours! Carine and the princes certainly don’t refer to Netflix shows or 90’s icons. They stick to their own world.

8) Author #8: K.B. Shinn

The closest thing I have to pop culture references in Restless Beauty is referencing other fairy tales, as it’s full of fairy tale characters. For example, one of the first places my characters stop at is a town called Beanstalk Drop, which is full of clues that’s it’s the site of the tale of Jack and the beanstalk–including the option of paying 3 silver to take a tour of the crater where the giant skeleton is still lying.

9) Author #9: Shirley McCann

No. Not so far.

10) Author #10: Claire Moore


11) Author #11: Jeremy Smith

Only if its out of date.

12) Author #12) Jon Hartless

Not really; I’m already writing on an alternative timeline where history has gone in a different direction, and also (like the slang) pop culture dates rather quickly.

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