Hello there Misfit Booknerds! It is indeed my pleasure to interview the amazingly talented Jasmine Warga and talk to her about her quirks and most especially her debut novel My Heart and Other Black Holes! Alright! Let's get it started!
If you can be stuck in another country or any city in the US besides your hometown, where would you like to be?
- Right now I’m going to say St. Lucia because it is freezing here and I’m desperate for some sunshine and warm weather.
Who is your fictional crush?
- Most recent fictional crush? Maven from Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN. All-time? Pacey from Dawson’s Creek.
What is your guilty pleasure?
- I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I’m not embarassed of any of the media I enjoy, but I probably watch too much TV so I’ll go with binge-watching TV.
If you have a TV show you’d like to come back on the telly (not Netflix of course) then what will it be?
- Dawson’s Creek! I don’t know how that would work, but I want it. Also, I want a Sons of Anarchy prequel.
How was the #EpicReadsTour in the Harry Potter World?
- MAGICAL. AMAZING. It was seriously the best.
Who is the author you wish to work with if you are given the opportunity?
- Victoria Schwab or Nova Ren Suma. Both are brilliant and they write such genre-bending stories and I’d love the opportunity to get a glimpse into how their genius works.
Again, congratulations! My Heart and Other Black Holes is a literary success and my friends are starting to go crazy for it. As always, I want to ask, what initially made you write this story?
- Oh, I’m so glad to hear your friends are enjoying it! I initially started to write the book after the unexpected death of one of my closest friends and I woke up with Aysel’s voice in my head. But while my grief served as a chief inspiration, I think the book is ultimately about love (in all its forms, self-love, friendship, etc) and the true saving power of human connection.
Aysel is such an amazing but distraught character. And she has such an unusually honest voice. What would you say makes her different from YA characters that go through these stages of depression?