How do you get your ideas?Capture

I keep a plot muse chained in my basement. Just kidding! I don’t have a basement. She’s chained up in the living room.

Can I have a signed bookmark?

Of course! Send me an email with your mailing address to chey at cheyanneyoung.com and I’ll send you some signed swag. The contents will vary with what I have on hand and I usually have a collection of bookmarks from other YA authors to send out as well.

I want to read your ebooks but I don’t have a kindle.
No worries! The cool thing about Amazon is that they let you read ebooks on many devices. You can download the Kindle for PC app and read on your computer, or download the app for your smart phone/tablet. Click here for more info. All you need is an Amazon account and you can read Kindle ebooks anywhere!

Can I buy a signed paperback?

Short answer: yes! Email me!
Long answer: I’m working on setting up a store page where you can check out online, but until that’s up and running, just email me with which books you’d like. I charge cover price but the shipping is free!

Why are some of your books self-published and some of them published with a real publisher?

I wish I had a fancy answer for this question but the truth is that traditional publishing is hard. I got really really really lucky when Alloy Entertainment wanted to pick up my City of Legends series, and after working as a self publisher and with a traditional publisher, I can say that being a hybrid author is awesome. It’s seriously the best of both worlds. I now write books that I know from the start will be indie, and those are self published under a pen name. I’m also working hard on books for my real name that I hope to have traditionally published.

Can I be in the movie version of one of your books?

First of all, if you think any of my books will ever become a real, live, movie then you are now my best friend in the world. I love you. Let’s plan a vacation together. Secondly, authors have zero say so in who gets to be in movies, regardless of the movie being adapted from their book or not. Which is probably for the best because I’d cast Chris Evans in every single role for every single character in all of my books.

What’s your writing process like?

I procrastinate for about five thousand hours and then I sit down to write. Sometimes I write snuggled up in my bed, sometimes I write on the kitchen counter, and sometimes (often) I write on my bike desk, which is a stationary bike with a laptop stand on it.

My first drafts usually take about a month to write. I’ll spend a few days plotting and outlining, and then I write 5000 words (or more) a day until it’s done. Pretty much all of my drafting is done while pedaling on the bike desk. I can’t recommend a bike desk (or treadmill desk) enough!

When I’m outlining, I go crazy with neon-colored Post-it notes, note cards, scraps of paper… Outlining is like a tornado of creativity and it is my absolute favorite part. While editing, I’m focused and using a desk. You can’t mess around with editing. Throughout every process though, you can be assured I’m drinking more than a safe amount of coffee, all day, every day.