Genevieve Rose Vickers
Genevieve Vickers is a graduate of the SCBWI mentorship program and a University of Minnesota alumnus. Having struggled in childhood to find media she could see herself in, Genevieve now tells stories that put genre-unconventional protagonists in the driver's seat—protagonists that make those unseen feel seen. Amethyst is her debut novel.
- Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?
Amethyst is a YA superhero novel about mental health and abuse recovery. It’s about finding self-love when nobody around you—including yourself—deems you worthy of it. It’s also a story about honesty, about learning to admit to yourself and others that you’re not okay. Even if they need you to be, even if you’re the sole person holding your family together.
I began writing this story in high school. When I was growing up, the YA scene was filled with sassy, strong, women protagonists—Think The Hunger Games and Divergent. While that was awesome for social progress, instead of inspiring me, at the time it made me feel even more isolated than I already did. For much of my younger years, I was the kid that slunk through school halls head-down so I could hide behind my bangs, shielding myself from my peers with stacks and stacks of textbooks.
Those stories about reckless, willful women—they felt like they were for other people. People that had some inherent strength or power or knowledge that I didn’t.
I wanted to prove that someone like me, who wasn’t bold, had a worthy story to tell, too. As Amethyst morphed and grew to reflect new challenges—mental-health-related and otherwise—that I faced in my twenties, that core purpose never changed.
- Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching, outlining, or planning before beginning a book?
It depends on the piece! My current project involves writing out a summary scene-by-scene, simply because it’s a fantasy story and I need to keep track of all the worldbuilding rules I’ve set in it. Amethyst’s first draft was written pretty much entirely without a plan—but that kicked me in the butt later on because that draft was, frankly, a dumpster fire. I ended up having to completely rewrite almost everything for it to be as engaging as it is now!
I am finding I enjoy conventional structures like the three-act, simply because they help me with pacing, but I’m not bound to them. I also do a lot of my initial work in notebooks. Yes, I’m Gen Z and therefore very familiar with tech, but there’s something about quieting the flashy-blinky lights I feel like I’m always subjected to with electronics that helps me to clear my head, relax, and focus.
In addition, my process involves a lot of yelling to my writer friends over text about my creative problems, but judging from what I’ve experienced, this is far from unique.
- Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
I take a piece of every book I finish with me into my work, though I definitely have a few notable influences!
Rick Riordan was my favorite author when I started scribbling away in notebooks at age 11. You can see traces of his impact in my work’s humor and outspokenness—a testament to how much I still love his writing.
I also adore Mackenzi Lee. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue will never fail to make me swoon, no matter how many times I read it! Because that book showed me how fun and fulfilling it can be when written with fleshed-out, imperfect characters, my work tends to involve romance. Rainbow Rowell’s writing is also a treat, especially Carry On—again with the swoon factor. And David Arnold’s Mosquitoland showed me what raw honesty looks like in a piece, something that I strive to bring to the keyboard or notebook each time I sit down.
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Miriam McNamara. She taught me almost everything I know about seeing a book to completion.
- When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a huge poultry fan and enjoy cuddling and hanging out with my flock of fifteen chickens. I’m also a horseback-riding instructor and love helping my students reach their versions of success. Without time in the saddle myself, though, I get a little stir-crazy!
I adore ukulele, singing, drawing, animation, geeking out about nature, learning new things, and of course reading—both graphic novels and chapter books. I’m partial to YA, but nonfiction is another love of mine. I also have a huge collection of enamel pins and patches; ask me about it sometime!
- Do you have a website or social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) where readers can learn more about your work? Please feel free to list or link them below.
Yep, I do! You can reach me on Twitter @GenevieveVicke2 (original, I know).
My official website is www.genevieve-rose-vickers.com; if you’d like to get in touch with me, you can send a message directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to check out Amethyst and leave a review, you can read more about it on my website or visit its Amazon page: Amethyst: The Dawnbringer Saga.
You can also find me and share your thoughts about my work on Goodreads: Genevieve Rose Vickers