We think authors are amazing. You are our rockstars. Do you have an author or authors that you look up to or are inspired or amazed by?
Laurie Halse Anderson, Diana Gabaldon, Jenny Han, Veronica Roth, S.E. Hinton, and Kristin Cashore, to name a few.
You mentioned falling in love with storytelling in kindergarten, but it wasn’t until third grade when you saw Romancing the Stone that you decided you wanted to become a writer. Once you made that decision how long was it before you wrote your first story? And what was that first written story about?
I remember writing plays a lot in elementary school. I held auditions during recess, and the cast practiced at my house after school. My teachers were kind enough to let us present our plays during class. In fourth grade, I wrote a girl-meets-boy short story. I blatantly named the hero after the guy I had a crush on—Jeremiah
I love writing the first draft of a story. At that point, I'm not worried about editorial feedback or readers' expectations. I just let go and have fun.
Your Hush, Hush series ends later this year with an appropriately titled book called Finale. Of all four books in the quadrilogy, which was your favorite to write and why? Which was the most challenging and why? And which story do you feel the most connected to? And why?
I really enjoyed writing both Silence and Finale, because I felt like I was in my element. I think, by the time I wrote the third and fourth books, I'd learned how to tell a story. Crescendo was the hardest (aren't sophomore novels always?), and I feel most attached to Hush, Hush, I suppose, since it was the first. I gave that book everything I had. It was my first big break.
If you had to pick just one favorite character in your series, who would that be and why? Who was your least favorite character and why? And is there any character that you would have written any differently now that you’ve reached the conclusion of your series?
Hush, Hush is your first series. And while Finale is yet to be released, you’ve likely already had to say goodbye to your characters. How tough was it to say goodbye? Were you happy to let them go or was it a bittersweet experience? And if you could say one last thing to, or about, your characters, what would it be?
It was hard. I didn't expect it to be quite as hard as it has been. I'm trying to work on a new project, and focus my energy there, but I don't think I'll fully be able to say good-bye to the Hush, Hush characters until after readers have read Finale. Right now I'm sort of in that limbo stage, where I know how Patch and Nora's story ends, but until my readers have finished Finale, I'll be holding my breath and letting that world hang around in the back of my head.
Your debut series was wildly successful. Were you surprised at its success? Was the road to publication fairly easy or were there bumps in the road? If you could give one piece of advice to new writers starting out, what would it be?
I received just shy of 100 rejection letters for Hush, Hush over the five years that I sent the book to agents and editors. I thought it would take a miracle to get the book published. What it really took was timing, luck and persistence. A note to new writers: Be patient. Work hard. Believe in yourself. Try to stay positive. Some things are out of your control.
I can do it in four words: All hell breaks loose.
Now that Hush, Hush is completed, can you tell us what your next project is about? Will there be more fallen angels in the near future? More bad boys like Patch?
I've been working on a few things. Lots of danger, suspense, romance, and plot twists, but no fallen angels. And who wouldn't want another bad boy?
Fallen Angels, Avenging Angels or Guardian Angels? Guardian Angels
Bad boys or good boys? Both!
Happily ever after or happily never after? HEA
Love triangles or soulmates? Soulmates
Romancing the Stone or The Jewel of the Nile? Romancing the Stone
Roald Dahl, Carolyn Keene or Laura Ingalls Wilder? Ack! Roald Dahl and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Write at night or write during the day? Whenever the house is quiet
Write in silence or write with music? See above
Print, audio or eBooks? Print
Thanks so much to Becca for stopping by! If you haven't started the Hush, Hush series now is the perfect time! Oh and don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing stops on the Authors ARE Rockstars tour!