Jan 29, 2015

Dishin' It Up with Janell Rhiannon, author Uncross the Stars #YA #Romance

Janell Rhiannon

What song would make the perfect opening soundtrack to the Uncross the Stars movie?

Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay



What are your thoughts on sex in YA romance novels?

I think YA novels that shy away from sex or language completely are white washing teenagers as they truly exist in the world. Sex shouldn't be explicit as in NA or Adult novels, but rather touch on the realities of first experiences of sex and love, both the wonderment and crash and burns.

What is your author motto?

Books don’t write themselves.

What are three YA tropes that you just hate?

1. How the characters always have money. Endless money. Someone is always rich.

2. Teens talk like adults. They sound university educated and are still in high school.

3. Series upon series...okay I borrowed this from somewhere...I love stand alone books. Sometimes I just want to move on to the next story.

Do you prefer writing contemporary or fantasy young adult novels, and what is so appealing about this age group?

I am torn by this one! I love both. I love writing for teens because they are the most eclectic group of people around. They are actively experimenting with what it means to be authentic in a way adults have sometimes forgotten because life interfered.

How do you battle writer's block?

I indulge in bad habits...drink too much coffee, don’t sleep, over think everything...then I snap out of it. I’m really not sure how that happens.

What is the best compliment a reader could ever give you?

That they loved or hated a character.

Thanks so much, Janell!

Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master's degree in history, she settled into teaching.

Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren't alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.

Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

If you want to see what projects are in the works or find out more about the her, visit




Publication Date: December 15, 2014
Genre: YA Romance

Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a penchant for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their attraction is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her.

Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?



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