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'Divergent' Author Veronica Roth Talks Writing Her Best-Selling Franchise BEFORE Graduating College

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If you've ever wondered how to write a hugely successful young adult fiction franchise before college graduation, "Divergent" author Veronica Roth might be a good person to talk to.

The 25-year-old famously penned the first book of the "Divergent" series while on winter break at Northwestern University, with movie rights secured before Roth had even earned her degree.

So how did the critically acclaimed author do it? By skipping out on keggers and focusing on her writing.

"I didn't go out much," she told HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker in an interview Wednesday. "That sounds a little sad but it's true... I didn't get hangovers."

Still, the incredibly successful (and equally modest) author attributes much of her success to timing and luck.

"There are a lot of people around me who are doing a lot of remarkable things, so to me, I don't know, [this book] is just a thing I did," she said. "It worked out well, which is very fortunate, [but] the thing about books is that you don't know how people are going to receive it... so the way I feel about it is, it was just kind the right time and it found the right people."

Watch Veronica Roth's full conversation with HuffPost Live below:

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