Cecil Castellucci: “There’s no way I can write a ‘Hunger Games’”

by Rachel Baker on March 16, 2014

Here’s a really good interview with YA Mastermind Cecil Castellucci. Enjoy!

In an age of dystopian knock-offs, young-adult writer Cecil Castellucci breaks the mold. She’s a shapeshifter who genre-jumps into realistic fiction (“Beige”), slice-of-life graphic novels (“The Plain Janes”), and science fiction (her latest, “Tin Star”). A former indie rocker who performed in the band Nerdy Girl and solo as Cecil Seaskull in the ’90s, Castellucci gives her characters indie-girl charm. Whether they’re dropped into a punk-rock dad’s Hollywood crash pad or stranded in outer space, they always project a winning combination of naiveté, skepticism and passion. The basic integrity of her characters make you want to be them – or at least want them to exist in your orbit.

Castellucci herself is as likable and strong-willed as her characters. An artist and science fiction obsessive, she was a strong believer that young-adult writing was a respectable art long before the genre became fashionable. She is now a bit of a young adult ambassador; you’re just as likely to see her moderating panels and trumpeting others’ work as promoting her own.

Her new science fiction novel, “Tin Star,” the first in a two-book series, is an eerie and seductive tale about a disillusioned girl abandoned on a time-ravaged space station. We caught her in her adopted home town of L.A. before she jetted off on a book tour.

We’re going to start talking about “Tin Star.” It’s a science fiction book set in outer space, but I notice that there are references to contemporary issues like immigration and imperialism. Does science fiction allow you to get at politics in a way that you couldn’t in a more realistic book?

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