YALLFest Interview: Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest is just a couple of weeks away, and we’re getting ready with another interview with fabulous YALLFest author, Michelle Hodkin.  Michelle is the author of the acclaimed Mara Dyer series.  (I haven’t read any of these books yet, but they are near the top of my to-read pile…which is dangerously high at this point.) I don’t know if I’ll get to the first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, before YALLFest, but I can almost guarantee I’ll make time for it soon!

Without further ado…here’s Michelle Hodkin!

Image from Goodreads

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.

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Are you excited to meet Michelle and all of the other wonderful authors at YALLFest? I certainly am!

Stay tuned this week for even more YALLFest goodness, and be sure to check out the event on Facebook, Twitter, and the YALLFest website!

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