Some mornings, it might feel like you鈥檝e been cursed with frizzy hair forever, or maybe even a giant pimple that will never go away. But what if your family was stuck with a real聽curse 鈥 one that kind of ruined their lives in very inventive ways? That鈥檚 the situation Esther finds herself in, in the hilarious and swoony new YA novel,聽A Semi-Definitive List of聽Worst Nightmares.聽Esther鈥檚 plan to avoid her family鈥檚 curse of phobias gets wrecked when a (very cute) boy volunteers to help her work through each of her fears. Esther鈥檚 story will inspire聽giggles and聽the desire to take more risks 鈥 two things聽we definitely approve of! We caught up with author Krystal Sutherland, the brains behind your new favorite read. Scroll on to learn more from this brilliant writer!

Brit + Co: Describe your book in six words or less.

Krystal Sutherland: Girl cursed to suffer great fear.

B+C: Where/when do you do your best writing?

KS: When? I鈥檓 most productive in the very early morning, when the house is quiet and everyone else is asleep. All of my best words are written before 9am. Where? At my kitchen table if I鈥檓 drafting, or in a library if I鈥檓 editing (so I can鈥檛 emotionally eat everything in the fridge).

What鈥檚 the strangest thing you鈥檝e ever done for book research?

KS: For Nightmares, I considered facing some of the fears I force my main character, Esther, to face, like caving and heights. In the end, I was too much of a chicken to go through with it. I鈥檝e heard of authors doing crazy stuff for research though, like digging a grave in their own backyard to see how hard it was.

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B+C: What鈥檚 your go-to cure for when you鈥檙e stuck in a creativity rut?

KS: I鈥檓 in a rut now, trying to find my way out! I think you need to read a lot, to remind yourself what a good story feels like 鈥 nothing gets me more excited to write than reading someone鈥檚 else鈥檚 excellent words. I also like to go to the NaNoWriMo website and re-read the author pep talks there. It helps to know that other people have gone through exactly what I鈥檓 going through.

B+C: What two lady heroes do you turn to for inspiration, and why?

KS: Two badass lady heroes that have been giving me life recently are Agnieszka from Naomi Novik鈥檚 Uprooted聽and Wing Jones from Katherine Webber鈥檚 The Heartbeats of Wing Jones. Both fantastic characters from fantastic books.

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B+C: What鈥檚 your latest Instagram obsession?

KS: Cake decorating/baking videos on Instagram are a deep, dark, bottomless pit that can suck up hours of your time. So addictive, but so good! I especially like @tortikannuchka, @thescranline, and @sweetsambs.

B+C: Can you name a book that you think deserves a little more love + recognition?

KS: Everyone needs to read The Bear and the Nightingale聽by Katherine Arden.

B+C: What鈥檚 next on your to-read pile?

KS: V. E. Schwab鈥檚 A Darker Shade of Magic聽series.

B+C: What advice do you have for aspiring creative ladies?

KS: Why not you? That was my mantra for myself whenever anyone told me that a career in a creative industry like writing was almost impossible. Books are going to continue to be published, films are going to continue to be made, songs are going to continue to be sung 鈥 so why shouldn鈥檛 it be you doing these things? It has to be someone, so why not you?

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