Here we are, A little over 2 weeks away from YALLFEST 2013! I am already getting together my books and planning on which books I’ll be purchasing while there. If you live anywhere remotely close to Charleston and you love YA. . .GO! It’s an incredible time and you’ll just love Blue Bicycle Books. In fact, it is one of my most favorite indie bookstores I’ve ever been to. If you would like more information regarding YALLFEST, click HERE.
And you can view my post about YALLFEST 2012, HERE.
Today, we have Michelle Hodkin – author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!
- Describe your book in 5 words
Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock
- What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time.
Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write.
- What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What I love about YA is that I don’t have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and
mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever.
I’m not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading
is all over the place, but right now I’m reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with
some literary fiction thrown in.
- What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my
teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone
I meet. It’s just that good.
- What are you working on now?
A secret project that is secret. But I’m wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be too.
About Michelle Hodkin
At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer are available now, and the third book in the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves in 2014. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.