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Kelly deVosKelly deVos<div class="ExternalClass2928D972BB1D46588566EB6359B78F1F"><h2>​<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Day Zero</span></span> </a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">by Kelly </span><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">deVos</span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h2><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><br>Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection.  </span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Kelly’s work has been featured in the </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">New York Times</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> as well as on </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Vulture, Salon, Bustle</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> and </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">SheKnows</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. Her debut novel, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Fat Girl on a Plane</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, was named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Reader’s Digest</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> magazine. Her second book,</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <em>Day Zero</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, is now available from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What prompted you to write this book?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’ve always been interested in girls and women performing and existing in traditionally male-dominated spaces, so I wanted to write about a female coder. I also wanted to dive into how teens deal with and interact with political systems, so </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Day Zero</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> tries to tackle that in an exciting way. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">As a reader, I love thrillers – books that make me want to keep turning pages and stay up just a little bit later. It felt natural for me to try to write in that genre. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are any of the characters in your book based on real people and if so, who?</span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Most of the characters are </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">pretty fictional. My husband, a software developer, helped me quite a bit with the perspective of Dr. Charles Maxwell so I think that he might be the closest character with a real-life inspiration. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What type of research did you do to write your book?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I did a ton of research especially about coding and prepper culture. I did an online code camp to help me with some of the computer science concepts in the book. I tested tons of self-heating meals like the kinds my characters eat when they are on the run. I tried to teach myself about basic survivalism, like building a campfire and treating basic injuries. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I am currently reading</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <em>All Eyes on Her</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> by L.E. Flynn. It’s a page-turner of a young adult thriller that is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Tabby, accused of murdering her boyfriend on a camping trip. It’s written from several perspectives, including Tabby’s best friend, her enemy and her ex-boyfriend letting the reader explore the crime from every point of view besides Tabby’s. I totally recommend it! </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The sequel to </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Day Zero</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, called </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Day One</em>,</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> will be released in December. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Eat Your Heart Out</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, a YA horror/thriller that follows six disgruntled teens forced to spend two weeks at fat camp during the worst blizzard in a century, only to find that camp is even worse than they expected because it's crawling with zombies. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">My day job is working as a graphic designer which I also really enjoy! </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">My local library is the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert. I love it there! I often work with writer friends in the small conference rooms that can be reserved in two-hour blocks. In addition to a great selection of books, they also have a ton of great programs. One summer I participated in a workshop for teen writers. </span> <br></p></div></div>





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