Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.
But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing. A proud Boston University Terrier, she lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. Brightly Burning is her debut novel.
Alexa is represented by Elana Roth-Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency.
- What is on your nightstand?
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
A Shadow Bright & Burning by Jessica Cluess
- What author would you totally fan?
Well, I can tell you who I DID fangirl recently… Holly Black. I was introduced to her at TLA and she signed an ARC of The Wicked King for me, and I basically made a series of incoherent squeaking noises and told her I loved her. I’m fairly certain I was terrifying!
- What makes you cringe?
I easily suffer secondhand embarrassment, so basically any situation that is mortifying for another person, I cringe. My best, most recent example was watching Love, Simon. The movie was FANTASTIC, but I spent half the movie retreating back into my chair, covering my face with my hands, and muttering “oh nooooooo” into my sleeve. I cringed all the way through it, so you know it did its job! YA often should be cringe-worthy because being a teenager is just full of those moments!
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I am a proud pantser, though if I’m being fair, I’m more of an inbetweener—plantser? Headlights writer? I always know the big, basic things—beginning, middle, end—and from there I really enjoy taking it as I go. There’s just such a thrill in being stuck or starting the day with no plan, and then thinking of things on the fly. I come up with some of the best twists this way! I do obsessively logic out my plot, though! I just do it both as I’m writing and afterwards, when I’m revising. It’s really important to me that the logic holds up, that things unspool naturally, with proper cause and effect… and also that everyone’s motivations make sense. Even if things don’t make it on the page, I have a logic thread for why and how things happen!
- Is there a word you love to use?
IRL, I love the word facetious! It doesn’t come up that often in my writing, but I just adore saying it out loud—love the sound of it, and the slight whiff of fanciness 😊
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