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Veronica Rossi’s Fantasy Life

Meet the East Bay’s best-selling young adult author.


By Sherman ChuAfter she drops off her two sons at school, Veronica Rossi spends her days in alternate universes. The Danville author’s young adult series of novels Under the Never Sky became New York Times best-sellers, and there’s a movie deal in the works.

Rossi’s newest release, Riders, kicks off a fantasy series about Gideon Blake, a U.S. Army Ranger who wakes up with supernatural powers after an accident. Blake discovers he’s one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Diablo asked Rossi about her life as a writer.

She hears voices:Riders was the first time a character spoke to me. I could hear [Gideon’s] voice loud and clear. He leapt off the page and demanded to be heard.”

Her neighborhood bookstore inspired her:  “When I moved
to Danville, I started going into Michael Barnard’s store [Rakestraw Books]. He would put these books in my hand, and I would eat them up.”

Courtesy of Tor Teen Publishers

Her fans are passionate: “After my first book, someone came up and said, ‘If you kill off this character, I don’t know what I’ll do!’ A person named a daughter after one of my characters, and another has a tattoo inspired by my book. It’s hard to process—almost like it happened to someone else.” Rossi will read at Rakestraw Books on March 11, veronicarossi.com.

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