This interview is part of an ongoing LARB A.V. series from this year’s LA Times Festival of Books. Go to the LARB A.V. homepage to see more interviews with T.C. BoyleDaniel Handler, Mona SimpsonLeslie Jamison, Walter KirnAdrian Todd ZunigaTerry McMillan, Michelle Hueneven, and Charlie LeDuff, and keep checking in for upcoming interviews with Chip Kidd, Ben Katchor, and many more.


TODAY’S WORLD has grown so small it fits in a smartphone. Direct, instantaneous communication with nearly anyone is possible, bringing readers and writers together in wonderful and dangerous ways. Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series, is well aware of this digital reality. “The role of an author has changed so drastically,” she says. “You’re no longer writing in the safety of your own mind.”