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#LoveOzYAbookclub March 2022 author Interview – VANESSa LEN (Only a Monster)

Good morning, friends! (or if you’re reading this later, good day to you!)

Today we have a lovely interview from the amazing Vanessa Len, debut author of the smashing bestseller ONLY A MONSTER, our March 2022 title.

Read on to find a link to Vanessa’s writing playlist for the book, her favourite fictional tropes, and more!

* Tell us a bit about the backstory for your book, and how the idea came to you

The story was inspired by that feeling when the hero of a story isn’t necessarily the hero of your story. I thought it would be interesting to write about a really good, decent, upright hero fighting against you, rather than for you. 

* Did you have a playlist for this book? Do you have a playlist for writing? Can you tell us about it?

Yes, I have a playlist here: – I think of it as a soundtrack for the book! When I’m writing, though, I don’t listen to music (or anything else); I like a quiet headspace.

* Comfort reads – which books do you turn to when you need a break from it all?

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (specifically, the audiobook because the narrator has such a fun reading style.) They both have the escapist worlds and happy endings I want when I’m craving a comfort read. 

* Your favourite fictional tropes are:

– Heists

– Worlds with magic

– Time travel

– Enemies to lovers

– When a character seems innocuous and is revealed to be epic!

* What TV show/movie is getting you through right now and why?

Umbrella Academy – I’m really looking forward to the next season! I love how idiosyncratic it is – it’s full of things that shouldn’t go together (a guy on the moon; assassins, a robot Mum; a monkey butler), and yet it all works!


Thanks for joining in, Vanessa! And bookclubbers, keep an eye out for the discussion post for this title happening soon on bookclub – and happy reading, everyone!


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