Five questions for Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness, author of The Rest of Us Live Here (Walker Books), answers five questions about his book and YA.

What is The Rest of Us Just Live Here about?
It's about all those kids who never get to be The Chosen One. I mean, what if you lived in a town with Chosen Ones but were just trying to get on with your life before they blew up the high school again? It's for all of us who would just like to graduate without a giant demon falling on us.

What does it mean to be on the YA Book Prize shortlist?
This shortlist is so amazingly strong! I mean, really, it's ridiculous how good these books are. I've always said how strong YA is at the moment, and to be among these 10 is really proof. Just look at them!

Why do you think your book should win?
Because I'm pleasant company and tweet frequent photos of my cat.

What is special about YA in the UK and Ireland?
The community is what's special. It's big enough to encompass all kinds of folks, but also small enough to be a real community. And I don't mean just the authors, but the readers, the bloggers, the publishers, the events. It's great to be able to support your friends and cheer them on.

What kind of YA books do you like to read?
I never like to tie myself down to a type. I've always thought the most important thing about reading is to not be a snob, to keep an open mind, so I really try to do that. It's made me find some lovely surprises. If it sounds interesting, I'll give it a go...

Patrick Ness took part in a Twitter chat on Wednesday 27th March, hosted by @yabookprize. Read a recap of the #TeamNess chat here.

Picture of Ness: Helen Giles