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Teen Blogger Jayne’s Interview with Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian


Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian are friends and writing partners who have created the Burn for Burn trilogy for teen girls and fans of YA literature. The second book in the series, Fire with Fire, was released in September 2013.  Jenny & Siobhan will take the stage to speak about friendship, collaborative writing, and life as it relates to teens. Both have plenty to say about their own writing careers and will share perspectives from their individual experiences.

Teen Blogger Jayne caught up Siobhan and Jenny for a little preview of Friday night’s main event.

Jayne: How did the two of you decide you wanted to write a story such as the Burn for Burn trilogy?

Siobhan & Jenny: We became friends in a writing program and after years of sharing our work together, we thought it would be fun to do something together. We worked on another idea – a screenplay – before we came up with the Burn for Burn series.  

Jayne: What were the inspirations for some of the characters?

Siobhan & Jenny: We really try to put pieces of ourselves in every character we write. Lillia has a little sister Nadia, and both of us have little sisters, too. I think there are plenty of moments where we both feel quiet and shy like Mary, or confident and confrontational like Kat.

Jayne: Did you incorporate any inside jokes between the two of you in either of the books?

Siobhan & Jenny: Not exactly…but we definitely try to make each other laugh with the stuff that we do write. It comes out a lot in the Kat chapters, because that girl will say almost anything!

Jayne: Do the two of you plan to write together on another series any time soon?

Siobhan & Jenny: We’d love to work together again. After all, we are best friends!

 Books for this event will be available for sale from our local and independent book store, Mystery Lovers Bookshop, before and after the program.

Presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

For tickets click here or call 412-622-8866.

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Authors. Stories. You.


What do you and your friends do during sleepovers?

My friends and I used to bake and eat brownies, play MASH, wander the streets of our rural neighborhood in an attempt to find other friends who were unwilling to sleep or have movie marathons.   Whitney, who’s sitting next to me, would watch Xanadu, make crock pot cheese dip, and eat white cheddar Cheez-Its.

Authors Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han aren’t so leisurely during their sleepovers.  They end up with great ideas for books like Burn for Burn and its new sequel Fire with Fire.  Hear these two awesome people talk about friendship, collaborative writing, and life as it relates to teens when Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures brings them to Pittsburgh next month!  Then, get a chance to chat with them while they’re signing books!

Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han
Friday, October 11, 7pm @ Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
Get more info here.

Sequel to Burn for Burn

Don’t miss out on these upcoming author visits:

Daniel Handler
Friday, October 25, 7pm @ Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
Get more info here.

James Dashner
Friday, November 22, 7pm @ Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
Get more info here.

First book in The Mortality Doctrine series

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